Areola restoration is the positioning and re-pigmenting of the area surrounding the nipple. An easy job if you have fairly symmetrical breasts as most women do prior to mastectomy augmentation or reduction, but the post surgical reality for many cancer patients is scarred and misshapen tissue bearing little or no resemblance to natural breasts. Here is where the compassion and talent of a highly-trained tattoo artist can make a world of difference. The technician must work with what the surgeon has left in the wake of unilateral or bilateral mastectomy with or without radiation and bluntly put, it's often not pretty.
In the past decade, restorative tattooing for the mastectomy patient has found its way out of the operating room and into the hands of skilled cosmetic and body tattoo artists who initially learned through trial and error. A lack of quality training and hands-on practice has been the biggest roadblock for the technician wanting to learn specific paramedical tattooing procedures. Currently several training facilities offer such courses to students with little or no tattoo experience. This is ludicrous. We owe more than that to cancer survivors. Best practices dictate that body tattoo artists spend several thousands of hours apprenticing before they're permitted to work unattended and for this reason may be among the best suited to offer this service.
Toronto Tattoo Clinic is pleased to offer an innovative course which covers areola/nipple complex and scar camouflage techniques. To maintain high standards for the graduates, the course is offered only to experienced permanent make-up and body tattoo artists with a minimum of 50 procedures and a portfolio.
AREOLA/NIPPLE COMPLEX TATTOO (NACT)
Prerequisites: RBT, BDT, portfolio and must be actively performing cosmetic tattoo for 6 months.
For permanent make-up artists trained elsewhere with no body tattoo experience: must complete RBT first and demonstrate adequate knowledge of cross contamination prevention and barrier control.
For experienced body tattoo artists: must provide a portfolio with previous work and must demonstrate adequate
knowledge of cross contamination prevention and barrier control.
Length of Course - 1 day
familiarization with types of mastectomy surgery
situating and drawing on areola for bilateral and unilateral restoration
simple and 3D areola tattoo
color theory pertaining to areola restoration
physicians notes and patient waivers
recommended time frames for tattooing post reconstruction, chemo and radiation
aftercare for areola tattoo
NACT training manual
certificate of achievement
*Customized instruction is available to surgical staff involved in reconstructive surgery for the mastectomy patient. Please enquire directly for details.