Discharge Instructions After Micropigmentation of Your Nipple and Areola

This information explains how to care for yourself after micropigmentation (tattooing) of your nipple and areola (the circle around your nipple).

24 Hours After Your Procedure

  • You can shower 24 hours after your procedure. Before showering, remove the dressing and apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly (Vaseline®) to the micropigmented (tattooed) area.
  • Shower with your back to the water to avoid getting water, shampoo, or conditioner on the area. Gently pat the area dry after showering.
  • Using a clean cotton swab (e.g., Q-tip®), apply bacitracin and a nonstick dressing (e.g., Telfa®) to the area.
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48 to 72 Hours After Your Procedure

  • After 48 hours, the micropigmented area can get wet during a shower. Pat the area dry after showering.
  • Using a clean cotton swab, apply bacitracin and a nonstick dressing
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4 to 7 Days After Your Procedure

  • Using a clean cotton swab, apply petroleum jelly and a nonstick dressing to the micropigmented area for 4 to 7 days, or until it is completely healed. You no longer need to apply bacitracin to the area.
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2 Weeks After Your Procedure

  • The micropigmented area may fade. This is normal. It will take at least 2 weeks for the color to become final.
  • You may need to have a follow-up visit with your plastic surgeon.
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6 Weeks After Your Procedure

  • It usually takes 6 weeks for the micropigmented area to heal completely. The area is healed completely when there are no open areas or scabs, and the area feels like your own skin.
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General Care Guidelines

  • Do not soak in a pool, bath tub, or hot tub until the micropigmented area is completely healed. This is to decrease your risk of irritation and infection.
  • If a slight crust (scab) appears on the area, do not try to remove it by picking, scratching, or washing it.
  • Do not apply creams or lotions on or near the area until it has healed.
  • Avoid rigorous exercise for 1 week after your procedure. This will help prevent infection.
  • Follow-up with your plastic surgeon 1 month after your procedure. He or she will check the color of the area and see how it is healing. If a touch-up is needed, an appointment can be scheduled at this visit.
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Call Your Doctor or Nurse if You Have:

  • Redness, warmth, or pain at or around the treated area
  • Yellowish drainage from the treated area
  • A temperature of 101° F (38.3° C) or higher
  • Shaking chills
  • Symptoms of the flu or a cold
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