Dermapigmentation is the revolutionary method of depositing hypoallergenic mineral pigment into the dermal layer of the skin using an ultrathin needle. This procedure is also known as paramedical tattooing, cosmetic tattooing, reconstructive pigmentation or micropigmentation. The most advanced pigments are used to mimic skin colour with absolute safety. The procedure is performed at a medical facility in a sterile environment. Only state of the art medical equipment is used. All protocols and high safety standards are followed to ensure a clean and safe procedure.

Dermapigmentation has a wide range of applications, namely:

  • Areola restoration after breast reconstruction;
  • Areola Scar Camouflage after breast reduction and breast augmentation surgery;
  • Areola Enhancement;
  • Scar Camouflage (including surgical scars);
  • Reconstruction of cleft lip;
  • Camouflage of Vitiligo;
  • Hair simulation on the scalp.

Areola Restoration
Restoration of the Nipple Areola Complex (NAC) is an important part of the post-mastectomy breast reconstruction process. The NAC is the primary landmark of the breast and has great symbolic significance for the woman. Restoring the areola contributes to a feeling of normalcy and makes an impact in restoring femininity.
The main parameters of a successful NAC reconstruction are: symmetry, position, size, projection, texture and colour. Although various surgical procedures are available for reconstruction of both the nipple and areola, it is the re-pigmentation of this area on the skin that renders realistic looking areolae and at the same time minimize the appearance of scars. Dermapigmentation is crucial in providing an aesthetically pleasing end result following reconstructive surgery.

3D Nipple Areola Simulation
Although most women have the nipple-areola reconstructed through skin grafting, many choose not to have any more surgery done once the breast mound is successfully reconstructed. For these ladies 3D Nipple Areola Simulation presents an ideal alternative. As the name indicates, this procedure creates the illusion of a protruding nipple. To simulate a three dimensional form, basic art principles are applied. Tonal value and different shading techniques, a focal point and contrast are all used effectively to create the illusion of depth.

Periareola Scarring
Dermapigmentation can successfully be used to conceal periareola scarring (scars encircling the areola). Periareola scarring occurs as a result of breast reduction, breast augmentation and breast lift surgery. Colours are carefully mixed and infused into the scar to match the existing colour of the areola.

Areola Enhancement
Clients who have not underwent any surgery but are troubled with lightened, discoloured or asymmetrical areolae may also benefit from this procedure.

Scar Camouflage
Dermapigmentation is effectively used to disguise a scar or skin area that is missing pigment as a result of medical procedures, trauma from burns or accidents, congenital anomalies or skin diseases.
Flesh tone pigments are infused into the scar or skin area to minimize the contrast between the affected area and surrounding tissue.

The above mentioned procedures are delicate, precise and specialized. They require an artistic eye, attention to detail, proper technique and experience. The artist has to understand the special considerations of skin that has been radiated and/or stretched to be able to safely tattoo the skin. Colour selection is critical and the client's natural skin tones are evaluated and used as a guide for colour selection. Precise measurements are vital in ensuring correct size, symmetry and placement of the new areolae.

 

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