Skin & Non-Surgical


Micropigmentation is a technique used to create permanent makeup or tattoos on the skin for medical purposes. It involves inserting ink into the skin to create a lasting image or design. However, permanent micropigmentation can fade over time and with sun exposure.

Here at The McIndoe Centre, we provide medical tattooing to camouflage scars and to recreate 3D nipples and areola after breast reconstruction surgery.

A custom blend pigment matching the natural skin colour is deposited into the dermal layers of the skin using a small hand-held machine. The specialist equipment used is refined, quiet and gentle.


Micropigmentation for scars and burns

Scar micropigmentation involves the implantation of pigment into the skin to camouflage scarring and restore the appearance of the skin. It may be necessary to needle the scar before camouflaging to prepare the area first.

Who is it suitable for?

Scar micropigmentation is suitable for people with burns, stable vitiligo or scars from surgery, accidents, or other injuries. The scar needs to be at least 12 months old or have stable colour, otherwise the scar tissue may still be healing and micropigmentation could cause further damage. There are some scars that may not be suitable for treatment, which would be determined at the consultation.

It is important to remember that while the treatment can camouflage the scar, it will not erase the scar completely.

Nipple and areola micropigmentation

Nipple and areola micropigmentation involves the implantation of pigment into the skin to create the illusion, or enhance, a nipple and areola.

Who is it suitable for?

Patients who have undergone breast reconstruction surgery following a diagnosis of breast cancer or the discovery of a gene mutation often opt for nipple and areola micropigmentation.
Breast reconstruction surgery focuses on the rebuilding of the breast. The majority of the time, this means there will be no nipple, unless you have a nipple-sparing mastectomy.

This treatment is often the final stage of a patient’s breast journey and can feel like the ‘finishing touch’ to restore confidence and uplift personal wellbeing.

The size, shape and colour are taken into careful consideration to mimic the look of a natural areola.

How long does it take?

The procedure usually requires two appointments, four to six weeks apart. The first appointment starts with a consultation, outlining what the patient wishes to achieve. The colour, shape and placement will also be discussed.

The McIndoe Centre carries out single and bilateral areola tattoos. Each areola tattoo takes approximately 40 to 50 minutes, which includes mapping, colour matching and pigmentation. If necessary a numbing cream may be needed prior to the procedure.

What to expect after the treatment

The tattooed area will go through the healing process which includes

  • Heal: The body’s natural defence will create fine scabs to protect the area whilst healing.
  • Peel: After a few days the scabs will fall away.
  • Fade: After your appointment, the colour may appear darker, but within a few days after healing, you will see a lighter colour.

A second visit will usually include a colour boost and any necessary adjustments and detailing. Age, skin type, medication and lifestyle can all affect the pigment, so further colour boosting over the years can be carried out to maintain the desired look.


Nipple and areola micropigmentation cost

Cost *
Nipple/Areola Tattooing (Unilateral) from £379
Nipple/Areola Tattooing (Bilateral) from £599

Scars and burns micropigmentation cost

Cost *
Scar Needling from £150 to £225
Camouflage Tattooing from £195 to £350

Scar needling and camouflage tattooing costs vary depending on the size of the area to cover.

* The guide price is effective from 15th April 2024

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