Areola/Nipple Reconstruction is the 3D recreation of the areola or nipple area of the breast, commonly after mastectomy, or the removal of the breast for breast cancer patients. This procedure also falls under paramedical micropigmentation and has helped patients to gain back their appearance and confidence from breast cancer.

Studies have shown that many women experience symptoms of depression and less confidence after mastectomy. Some women could not fit the clothes that they like and often feel less attractive. In western countries like the US and Europe, it’s very common that many women undergo breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy, as well as getting areola/nipple reconstruction to bring back the complete image of the breast area that they desire, and be satisfied with their body and femininity.


  • Patients who have undergone mastectomy or other breast surgery.
    • The use of paramedical micropigmentation for areola and nipple reconstruction is generally for women who have undergone mastectomy, or the removal of the breast(s) as part of breast cancer treatment. Through this procedure, paramedical makeup artists can recreate a 3D image of the nipple and areola, or improve the color and look of a reconstructed nipple.
  • Clients who wish to enhance their areola/nipple
    • Some clients may want to do paramedical micropigmentation to improve the look of the areola and nipple area. This may be for aesthetic reasons or if the area has unnatural color or deformities. Through this procedure, clients can enhance the shape, color, and size of the areola and nipple area.


  • If only one side of the areola/nipple needs 3D reconstruction, the PMU specialist will try to match the color and shape with another side of the areola/nipple as close as possible but not 100%.
  • If both areola/nipples need 3D reconstruction, patients can choose to have the color and size they desire. However, it is recommended to choose a natural-looking effect to match your skin color.
  • It is very important to note that paramedical micropigmentation for areola/nipple reconstruction for cancer survivors can only be done after the patient has fully completed chemotherapy, as well as all cancer medications and treatments.


Q: How long does it normally take?

A: For areola/nipple reconstruction, it typically takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Clients will first be assessed by the PMU artists and understand their needs before the procedure. After the consultation, a numbing cream/topical anesthetic cream will be applied and leave it for 30mins before the procedure.

Q: How long will it last?

A: Usually it will last up to 3 years but the shade will not be as prominent as before. The client may choose to come back for a touchup session after 1 to 2 years.

Q: Is it painful?

A: It is usually not painful as this is a non-invasive treatment, but this may also depend upon the pain-tolerance of the patient. At Piel, we use only premium products from Swiss Color International which is well-known for their iron oxide and heavy metal-free pigments. Because we are using high-quality products and devices, our techniques are different which makes the patient feel comfortable during the treatment.


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