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Complete the Circle: Areola & Nipple Restoration

MidsotaDecBlogBeing diagnosed with breast cancer is devastating. As part of their cancer treatment, many women undergo a mastectomy and lose one or both of their breasts. In hopes of restoring their womanly figure, some women opt to have breast reconstruction surgery. Many options exist to restore the nipple areola.

Understandably, there is a strong emotional relationship between, you, as a woman, and your breasts, areola, and nipple. With the help of permanent cosmetics, we are able to restore the areola as well as the nipple.

Nipple Tattooing

Nipple and areolar tattooing, also known as areola repigmentation, refers to a technique known as micro-pigmentation. Using a detailed technique, our experienced staff carefully defines the area using an intense pigmentation to create the appearance of an areola. Utilizing a three-dimensional approach, our experienced staff will create the illusion of a nipple.

Generally, we follow one of these three approaches:

  • Redefine an areola that was distorted during a mastectomy or reconstruction surgery
  • Match the areola to that of your remaining breast
  • Reinvent and restore the areola and nipple area to both breasts

Caring for You

Breast cancer is just as emotionally tasking as it is physically. At Midsota Plastic Surgeons, we understand that for many breast cancer survivors, recreating the areola and nipple is often the last step in what has been a long and tiring journey.

We look forward to being a part of your recovery. To learn more, please schedule a consultation at one of our four Minnesota offices.


“I want to say Thank you to Dr. Heath and the staff at Midsota. Every time I came into the center I was welcomed. Dr. Heath made me feel very comfortable discussing my options for breast reduction. I was kept well informed and felt very safe and secure during the procedure and all of my office visits.”

Rita N.

“The beautiful job Dr. Houle did with my DIEP flap reconstruction surgery was the final chapter in my successful survivor story of breast cancer. Thank you for restoring my feeling like a “whole” woman again.”


“Dr. Yang did an absolutely amazing job on my lower eyelid surgery. I am so completely happy with the results. Thank you is all I can say! Recommending to anyone considering!”

Karen P.