Areola Tattooing

by award-winning Candice Watson and Exclusive Aesthetic

We create a natural looking areola after surgery

Areola Tattooing uses micropigmentation to implant pigments to create an areola after breast surgery. We are also able to minimise the appearance of scars or restore an areola to a more natural looking shape and colour.
Areola Tattooing improves the appearance of the areola for patients who have undergone breast surgery to help increase self-esteem. Areola tattooing is an advanced area of medical tattooing that requires advanced education, training and experience.

How Micropigmentation and Areola Repigmentation (Tattooing) can help

Breast Surgery is a huge issue for any person to deal with especially after cancer. This is usually more so particularly for a woman since a woman’s self-image can depend on the appearance of her breasts.
A missing areola can be psychologically devastating. However, what if you still don’t feel “complete” without an areola? Or areola scarring is causing emotional distress?
Areola tattooing provides the “finishing touch” after breast surgery. Patients feel the tattooing process helps during the last part of their recovery to look complete and feel “whole” and “normal” again. You can survive breast cancer after undergoing a mastectomy and you can regain your shape with breast reconstruction.

Areola Nipple Simulation

This procedure is for patients who have undergone breast reconstruction after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. Cosmetic tattooing techniques and colour pigments are used to create the appearance of an areola. For a unilateral mastectomy patient, this process helps the reconstructed breast to match the natural breast. For patients with bilateral breast reconstruction, both areolae are recreated. Areola complex simulation can be achieved with or without a nipple button created by the surgeon.

Areola Size or Colour Adjustment

Many breast operations require one or more incisions at or around the edge of the areola which may produce scarring. The most common periareolar scars are from breast augmentation or reduction surgeries. A scar’s appearance can be softened, blended or reduced by tattooing the areola scar using corrective pigment camouflage techniques.

Areola Scar Camouflage

The colour of the areola can be darkened, balanced or enhanced with tattooing. This process helps women who have discoloured or lightened areola after breastfeeding or patients who have had areola graft surgery.

Patients with skin discolouration disorders (i.e Vitiligo) can also benefit from areola tattooing. Also, individuals who have not had breast surgery but are self-conscious about their areola colour or size (too light or too small) may choose this procedure to adjust the areola appearance.


Waiting and preparing for your procedure

Scar camouflage can usually be performed as soon as 6 months after surgery but you should first ask your physician. Once you have been cleared for areola tattooing, you can schedule a consultation with our medical areola tattooing specialist.

What to expect in your consultation

Exclusive Aesthetic will take you through a medical form to ensure you have no contra-indications to the treatment. We will then discuss fully your needs and expectations of the procedure.

Before any treatment can proceed we will perform a colour patch test to make sure the correct pigment is chosen for your skin. The patch test requires at least 6 weeks to settle underneath the skin before we can confirm the correct colour and proceed with the treatment sessions. Expect between 2 and 4 sessions per area to complete the treatment plan.

After your procedure

You will need to follow specific steps for one week after each areola tattooing session. You will be provided with aftercare information and aftercare ointment after each procedure.

No time is required for recovery from areola tattooing but you will need to adhere to the aftercare instructions given, mainly of avoiding water, heat treatments and to apply the ointment as advised.


All treatments are performed at The London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery (LCAS) in Healthcare City, Dubai.

LCAS is a medical clinic adhering to the highest hygiene and health and safety standards so you really are in the best and safest hands.

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What is cosmetic and medical micropigmentation? 

Medical micropigmentation is adding colour to the face and body anywhere that colour is missing from injury or trauma, birth defect, post surgery or as an alternative to surgery. Cosmetic micropigmentation is a facial enhancement to define features.

Aesthetic micropigmentation is very different to regular micropigmentation. Our process involves implanting EU pharmaceutical medical grade hypo-allergenic pigments into the skin using a Class 2A classified machine, that has over 20 different needle configurations. We do not implant as deeply as regular micropigmentation, as colour adjustment and repositioning may be required in the future.

Exclusive Aesthetic are the Micropigmentation Specialists to the Middle East offering the complete range of Medical Micropigmentation treatments to the highest level.

We offer semi permanent makeup and medical micropigmentation to industry-leading standards. Exclusive Aesthetic was established by Candice Watson who has almost 30 years experience in the beauty industry and 20+ years specialising in medical micropigmentation and semi permanent make up treatments.

Medical Micropigmentation treatments are available for men and women of any age. We make every effort to ensure our treatments are as comfortable as possible. We only use the best Micropigmentation machines finely tuned to cause the minimum trauma to the skin. By reducing trauma our treatments are as pain-free as possible. Coupled with the best needles and pigments available we ensure we deliver industry-leading results.

Micropigmentation is the process of implanting non-permanent pigments in the upper layers of skin, in the epidermis lasting 2 to 3 years. However, we recommend a refresher session every 12 to 18 months to keep the pigment looking fresh.

What makes us different? – Candice Watson

  • International Health and Beauty Certification
  • Dawn Cragg MBE teaching and CPD certification
  • John Hashy masters diploma
  • Finishing Touches Medical Micropigmentation Master Class
  • Moshe Allul diploma for HFS Scalp Micropigmentation
  • LCN Germany SPMU diploma
  • Tunde Mehn advanced skills diploma
  • Licensed to practice in Dubai Healthcare City
Fellowships & Memberships
  • SPCP ( Society of Permanent Cosmetic Professionals)
  • IHBC ( International Health and Beauty Council)
  • BABTAC ( British Association of Beauty Therapist and Cosmetologists)

Licensed to practice in Dubai, UK and internationally.

Location: Dubai, UAE & UK

Languages: English

Ultimate Micropigmentation by Candice Watson of Exclusive Aesthetic, the Micropigmentation Specialists to the Middle East. Candice Watson has near 30 years’ experience performing micropigmentation in Dubai, UK and internationally. Candice’s skill at micropigmentation is unparalleled and her commitment to being the best ensure her procedures are to the highest industry standards. Candice now offers several micropigmentation training courses in Dubai including Semi Permanent Makeup, Eyebrow Microblading, Medical Micropigmentation and Hair & Scalp Micropigmentation.

APPOINTMENTS – Appointments available Sunday through Thursday 9am to 6pm. For UK Harley Street appointments please fill out the contact form.

LICENSING – All Dubai procedures are performed under the licence of the London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery (LCAS), Healthcare City, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

TRAINING – Training is KHDA approved and located at various locations in Dubai.