Right, let’s get to it. If you have taken the time to watch my TED talk, you will understand why the permanence of a tattoo can be so important, especially when it comes to Areola tattooing.
The fading of a tattoo can be detrimental to someone that has had a breast reconstructions mental health. The excitement of feeling complete, being taken away in the space of a few months is a traumatic experience for many.
I have researched and researched why the hospital tattoos fade so quickly, and I can’t seem to find a definitive answer. The science of pigments and what makes them fade, seems to be a subject with not much accessible information.
Tattoos and the way they work is amazing. The little ball of powder pigment just sits in the dermis getting eaten by cells for eternity… in a nutshell…
This is why the ‘will it pop my implant’ question upsets me so much. A tattoo is not implanted deeper than any other micropigmentation procedure. (It depends on the practitioner and how they work) I’m not sure who started that rumour, however, I digress….
Lets talk about how I can stand by my work and declare it is permanent. I’ve been tattooing for 14 years. I have some of my first tattoos on my leg, and I can say, without doubt, they are still there looking as shaky as ever! (Don’t worry I got better) I know what to expect from the healing of my work, and how it will look ten years down the line.
THAT BEING SAID….
Body art tattoos, are not the same as nipple tattoos. We use a lot of black in body art tattoos to create contrast. Black is carbon based, and the pigment tends not to migrate like colour pigments. The black holds the colour pigments in place. (Colour pigments can move around in the skin meaning a loss of detail over time)
Nipple and Areola tattoos have no black, and are a colour not too far from your own skin tone. Therefore it is important to understand two things.
Colour will migrate over time, meaning a loss in contrast. The nipple tattoo will still look like a nipple tattoo, but may not have the defined edges around the nipple that it once did.
Skin grows over the top of the tattoo. Almost like a filter. As we age, our skin tone tends to change which will mean that the tattoo underneath may change slightly too. It may appear less vibrant. Again, it will still look like a nipple tattoo, but may appear a little faded.
The time frame I am considering here, is 6+ years. Even then, the client may still be completely satisfied with their tattoo and not even consider that the tattoo needs attention.
Others may desire that the tattoo have a little freshen up, which I offer all of my clients free of charge.
Just to illiterate, the tattoo is permanent. It will not fade away. But you may decide in ten years time, that you would like to see a fresher version. That is your decision, and I am here for you every step of the way!
Below, is a photo (left) of a tattoo first completed. The other photo (right) is a photo of the same tattoo after a couple of years. The sharpness of the nipple has faded slightly, but still looks natural and has enough contrast to give the illusion of protrusion.