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).

1 to 3 Days After Your Procedure

  • Your physician assistant will place Tegaderm™ plastic dressing on your tattoo right after your procedure. Leave this dressing on for 3 days.
  • You may shower normally with your dressing on. It’s waterproof.
  • Fluid may build up underneath your dressing. This is normal.
  • If your dressing starts to come off or if fluid is dripping from your dressing, put another Tegaderm™ dressing over the one you have on.
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4 Days After Your Procedure

  • Remove the Tegaderm™ dressing. Gently clean the area in the shower with warm water and your normal shower soap. Don’t rub the area to get it clean.
  • Leave any scabs that may have formed alone. They will heal and come off on their own.
  • After your shower, dry the area gently. Apply non-scented white lotion (such as Lubriderm®, Aveeno®, or Eucerin®) to the tattooed area until it absorbs.
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