“As an artist, working with design, color and making a difference in the lives of others every day is very fulfilling.“
Jill’s specialized training in permanent makeup have given her the ability to work with a diverse clientele.
Areola and 3D Nipple Tattooing
Typically about 4 months following breast reconstruction, we can tattoo a natural looking nipple and areola. Breast reconstruction may or may not include nipple reconstruction. Either way, there is no color defining the area. Artistic tattoo techniques can create a 3D nipple tattoo for those opting out of the nipple surgery. The goal with the 3D nipple is the illusion of protrusion. Areola tattooing is generally the finishing touch to breast reconstruction.
How will my new areolas look?
Jill Hoyer, the permanent makeup artist, along with yourself, will choose the new areola nipple placement, size, shape, and color to provide for a realistic outcome. Preoperative photos may be used for size and color inspiration or you may want to choose a new color that goes with your skin tone. At first, the tattoo appears dark and as it heals over 2-3 weeks the true color reveals. A follow-up visit layers detail and color which adds to the finished result.
Can I do a consultation anytime?
Yes, it can be prior to or on the same day as the areola tattoo procedure. Even if you’re still deciding your next step, I provide a personalized, private and informational consultation. In preparation of the tattoo step, we give you Areola Stick Ons, a 3D areola sticker image you may try on for 1-2 days. Seeing the image and color often helps in finalizing the tattoo decision.
How long is each visit?
Each visit is about 1- 1 1/2 hours. 1-2 visits are required 6 weeks apart.
How long is healing?
The average healing time is 1-2 weeks. The aftercare is simple and provided at your appointment. You may resume normal activity, however, no immersing underwater/heavy sweating for 2 weeks.
Does it hurt?
Although topical anesthetics are available, most clients have little sensation during the procedure. After drawing the outline of the areola and nipple the tattoo process begins. You may feel a vibrating sensation while needles transfer pigment into your skin.
How long does it last?
The tattoo can last up to several years and gradually fades as all tattoos eventually do.
Is areola tattooing a covered benefit?
NCAL Kaiser Permanente Members:
Yes, the areola tattooing is usually a covered benefit. Using my provider name: Timeless Skin Spa-Jill Hoyer, your doctor initiates an outside referral for medical authorization (allow 2+ weeks). Once we receive the necessary paperwork we can schedule your appointment.
Payment is out of pocket and we provide you with a superbill (a specialized receipt), for possible reimbursement. Some insurance companies require a pre-authorization you can initiate prior treatment. You may also need a letter of medical necessity from your doctor.
Jill is referred to by prominent Bay Area Plastic Surgeons. She is passionate about areola tattooing and is involved with colleagues in establishing areola tattoo awareness and setting forth industry standards.
“As a Restorative Specialist in 3D areola tattooing, I’m very passionate about creating natural, realistic results for my clients. I believe they deserve the best medical tattooing possible. The tattoo day can bring a sense of relief, closure, and inner self-confidence. It’s amazing to meet such strong women and be a part of their journey.”
– Jill Hoyer
Cosmetic areola tattooing is for those who desire more color and a fuller size areola.
This is not covered by insurance.
* On a case by case basis we do restorative medical tattoos for facelift scars, accident scars, and scalp scars.
We are privileged to receive referrals from several San Francisco Bay Area
doctors including plastic surgeons, here are a few:
R. Laurence Berkowitz M.D.
Kamakshi R. Zeidler M.D.
Reconstructive Plastic Surgery