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What is advanced medical tattooing?


Advanced medical tattooing is a form of semi permanent make up, used to reconstruct areola or nipples, for example post-surgery for breast cancer survivors.

Semi permanent makeup, also known as micro pigmentation, involves inserting small amounts of pigment into the skin. Pigment is inserted into the top layer of skin where the cells rejuvenate, which is why the makeup fades over time and needs topping up.

The difference between semi permanent makeup and tattooing is the depth of penetration of the pigment. For tattoos, the ink goes deep into the hypodermic level, whereas semi permanent makeup only penetrates into the dermis. Typically, semi permanent makeup technicians refer to the colour as pigment, whereas tattooists call it ink.

Do I have to top it up?

In order to keep your procedure looking fresh, we recommend that your colour is refreshed between 1 to 2 years. We offer a reduced top-up rate for this procedure, which will be discussed at your initial consultation.


How is advanced medical tattooing carried out?


Prior to any advanced medical tattoing treatment, you will first have a consultation to discuss the treatment, answer any questions you may have, and decide on the shape and colour of your desired reconstruction. Once you are happy, an appointment will be booked for the treatment.

Your eyeliner will be created using cosmetic tattooing pigments, where a thin needle inserts pigment into the top, dermal layer of the skin.

Immediately after the treatment the pigment may appear darker, however after a couple of days this will fade to the desired shade.


Does having advanced medical tattooing hurt?

Semi permanent make up is not as painful as a regular tattoo. In fact, discomfort is usually only very minimal, the majority of our clients only reporting a slight discomfort or describing a tingling sensation. Whilst some may feel a little sore afterwards, this does not last for long.

The area will be numbed immediately before the treatment to minimise discomfort.


What are the pigments made of? Are they safe?


The most common ingredients in the pigments we use are: iron oxides, titanium oxides, glycerin, ethanol, alcohol and distilled water.

A patch test is performed prior to your treatment to test for any reactions. Whilst this cannot 100% guarantee you will not have a reaction at a later date, this is extremely rare.


What colour or shape is right for me?


With your preferences and Gillian’s experience, you can decide on your very own reconstruction.

If only one areola is being constructed, if desired Gillian can work to match the existing areola in shape and colour as closely as possible.


What do I have to consider before my treatment?


Do not drink tea, coffee or alcohol or take any drugs, (unless life saving) on the day of the procedure.


Is there any danger of infection?


Any instrument used in contact with the skin is disposed of after each use. This is especially important with the needle and the needle holder. All areas are sterilised, at least twice, with a specialised skin and instrument disinfectant.


How much does it cost?


A single areola treatment costs £125, which includes a consultation, one treatment session and an aftercare pack.

Visit our prices page here for more information, including our new budget plan and other treatment costs.

We can also accept monthly instalments which will need to be discussed upon consultation.


How do I book a consultation?


To book a consultation, or if you have any questions about the treatment, you can call us on 07711 067789 or email




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