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What is a 3D Medical Tattoo?

A Medical Tattoo is the insertion of coloured pigments into the skin to mimic or enhance the appearance of natural features on the body.

The 3D illusion of a protruding nipple combined with the shading & contouring technique of the areola will make them look incredibly realistic from all different viewing angles.

Will I require a Dr/Surgeons clearance to proceed with a Medical Tattoo?

A medical clearance letter is required if your last surgery was less than 2 years ago (a verbal clearance is only acceptable from a surgeon that ProCosmediq works exclusively with)


How many sessions will I require?

You will definitely require 2 sessions, however, at times, a 3rd session may be required (depending on how many scars are on the area being tattooed and how well your skin reacts to the pigment)

What is the timeline for this service? 

  • The first session takes approx. 2 - 2.5 hours.

  • The second session takes approx. 1.5 - 2 hours (if you would like to make any minor modifications to your tattoo, this would be the time to do so).

What should I wear to my appointments?

You can wear whatever you feel most comfortable in, however, if you are booked for a 3D Medical Tattoo or Areola Re-Pigmentation/Re-Shape, please wear a bra or crop top to your appointments (as a gauze/s will be used to cover the area)

What happens in I wish to reschedule my session 2 appointment?

If you cannot attend your scheduled session 2 appointment within the 6-8 week time frame, you will need to re-book for a refresh appointment (and pay the cost of a refresh appointment). This is due to the fact that by leaving the tattoo longer (than the 6-8 week rule), the tattoo will require additional time to complete and additional pigment use. 

Is this treatment a semi-permanent tattoo or a permanent tattoo?

All medical and cosmetic tattoos are semi-permanent.

What is the difference between a semi-permanent tattoo v’s a permanent tattoo? 

A permanent tattoo can go as far as 7 layers into the skin and in most cases, you can have your tattoo completed in 1 session. Since the pigment is implanted so deeply into the skin, the colour will heal cool (brown into pink, pink into orange, dark brown into grey). The benefit of this type of tattoo is that is just that, permanent, however, creating a 3D effect with a softer, natural design would be difficult due to the nature of the needle. You would also not be able to replace or enhance it if you don’t like the creation or colour retention.

Our tools do not allow us to enter the skin further than 2 layers which is why sessions are split over 2 appointments (at least 6 weeks apart).

This option gives a natural, realistic nipple/areola offering a 3D affect that can be enhanced at each refresh session.


How long does the tattoo last?

The medical tattoo will fade in colour (approx 40%), however, they can last anywhere between 2 - 5 years providing that the correct aftercare is upheld. 

How often do I need a refresh appointment?

The recommended refresh appointment is usually at 12 months. However, this may vary depending on how the skin retains pigment, lifestyle & environmental factors. The refresh appointment is one appointment only.

If you choose to leave a gap (to the point where the pigments is extremely light and lightly visible), you may need a session 2 to ensure that the colour remains intense and bright.


What type of care and recovery is involved?

A detailed information sheet & aftercare cream will be provided at the first session. However, as an example, the first 7 days are crucial to the healing process. Activities such as swimming /gym or saunas are not recommended as this may cause fading or colour change.


Does it hurt?

The treatment is minimal-invasive. You will find the experience virtually painless & will be relieved to know that throughout the duration of the session, you will be quite comfortable.

A numbing gel is also available if required.


What are the advantages?

  • Avoiding further surgery & scarring

  • A non-invasive healing & recovery process

  • Enhancing the nipple & areola by adding fine lines & colour (that cannot be created with surgery)


Who would benefit from this service?

You will benefit from this service if you have undergone:

  • A single or double mastectomy as well as breast reconstruction

  • A nipple reconstruction

  • Skin changes due to chemotherapy, surgery and/or other conditions

Can I make a Medicare or Private Healthcare claim for a Medical Tattoo?

There is no Medicare or Private Healthcare rebates available for Medical Tattoos


What cost is involved?

Please click here - cost involved

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