Canada's leading training centre is located in the GTA, many certified
micro-pigmentation technicians can be found in Toronto. Most of these
professionals work with permanent makeup, applying lip liner, lip colour,
permanent eyebrows, and permanent eyeliner. But some are moving into the field
of breast reconstruction, where micro-pigmentation is being used to great
cancer is the second deadliest cancer for women, and incidence of the disease
has been on the rise for the past half-century. Breast cancer is now the
leading cause of death for women in their forties.
women who undergo a mastectomy due to breast cancer, many opt to have reconstructive
breast surgery. This helps some women recover a sense of normalcy, and improves
their body image and self-esteem.
patient and her surgeon are satisfied with the shape of the reconstructed
breast, they may begin construction of the nipple-areola complex. This part of
the process is optional, but greatly enhances the look of the breast. A skin
graft is performed, from another area of the body. (This may involve harvesting
skin from the remaining nipple, the labia, the groin, or earlobe.) The final
part of the process is the tattooing
of the areola area. The patient's medical team will refer her to a certified
micro-pigmentation technician or nurse.
on the type of skin used for the graft, techniques will vary. A cosmetic tattoo
specialist needs to be skilled in these, as well as in drawing of the actual
areolas, setting of boundaries, needle choice and size, color matching to the
surviving breast, and post care requirements.
micro-pigmentation may be required to camouflage scars on other areas of the
at this level requires advanced training, skill, and sensitivity. For those
considering a career that can be both creative and fulfilling, the role of an areola
micro-pigmentation technician offers
a great deal.