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3D Nipple & Areola Tattoo Restoration Training

3D Nipple & Areola Tattoo Workshop

Specialized Training for Medical Providers

3D Nipple Tattoo Training for Medical Professionals with Master Tattoo Artist Sasha Merritt


  Create Better Outcomes for Your Patients

The final step for post mastectomy breast reconstruction is the creation of a natural-looking areola and nipple. Nipple tattooing using 3D artistry gives these patients the “illusion of protrusion.” It can also enhance the results of reconstructed nipples and hide scarring from reattached nipples post-augmentation.

3D Nipple tattooing relies on an alchemy of skills used in traditional body art and cosmetic tattooing, applying fine art color theory and practices while following proper clinical protocols.  This course teaches students how to render the illusion of 3D nipples as well as how to refine beautiful, natural-looking areolas, working with one of the nation’s renowned 3D nipple tattoo artists.  The format of the  two-day training combines an intensive workshop session followed by hands-on training with real patients to allow students the opportunity to apply learned skills with expert guidance.

“Fantastic experience.  Getting expert advice regarding technique was really beneficial.”
-Jenny, NP, Stanford Medical Center

3D Nipple & Areola Tattoo Training, Semi-private (2-3 students)

Day 1: Fundamentals Workshop (6 hours)

Covering the fundamentals of 3D nipple tattooing, the workshop combines lecture and discussion with visual aids, hands-on exercises on practice pads, and demonstrations. Topics include:

  • Machine Basics
  • Needle Configurations
  • Setup and Supplies
  • Creating Dimensional Nipples in Skin
  • Color Theory & Pigment
  • How to Avoid and Correct Unwanted Hues
  • Placement & Size
  • Working with Reconstructed Nipples
  • Special Concerns for Traumatized Skin
  • Safety Protocols & Aftercare Instructions
  • Long-Term Maintenance & Tattoo Touch-Ups


Day 2: Hands-On Training With Live Models (6 hours)

Working with real post-surgical clients, you’ll learn crucial 3D techniques through applied experience in a clinical setting. Students will create new 3D nipple tattoos from start to finish: choosing colors, drawing on clients, and troubleshooting pigment retention issues. Get inside tips and tricks from a professional tattoo artist with over 20 years of experience. This is a semi-private course with only 2-3 students, allowing for ample time to get practical experience and expert guidance. 

One Year of Technical Support Included

As you start to implement the skills you learn, questions may arise. All students will be able to access a private forum to get feedback and share with other professionals who have had this training. Sasha will also weigh in and post suggestions

Sasha will also be available to answer your questions via phone for one year from the training date of completion.

 3D Nipple Tattoo Machine Kit (Highly recommended)

Cosmetic tattoo machines are designed for fine work on the face and lack the variety of needle configurations used for body art, particularly those for rendering 3D effects.  A more traditional tattoo set-up makes the procedure easier and produces far better results. The kit contains specific needle configurations to produce the effects needed for nipple tattooing, the disposable items for up to 20 procedures, and 3 pigments.


Sasha Merritt, Master Tattoo Artist

Sasha Merritt, Master Tattoo Artist

About Sasha Merritt, the 3D Nipple Tattoo Course Instructor

Sasha Merritt is a fine artist who has been professionally tattooing for more than 20 years.  For the last ten years, Sasha has been dedicated to helping clients reclaim their bodies after breast cancer with the artistry of 3D nipple and areola tattooing. Sasha is one of only a few artists in the country performing this highly specialized procedure.

Sasha’s training includes traditional tattooing and cosmetic tattooing, as well as fine art drawing and painting.  She is registered with the state of California as a professional tattoo artist and keeps a current blood borne pathogens certification.  Her 3D nipple tattooing work has been featured in the San Francisco Examiner and on KALW radio, an NPR affiliate in San Francisco.  Sasha has worked with SF General Hospital to provide access to this procedure for underserved patients.  She has trained nurses, PAs, and NPs from a variety of medical facilities, including Stanford Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, and Madigan Army Medical Center.

Sasha has also been a guest tattoo artist in various cities in both tattoos shops and medical facilities. She operates her own tattoo studio in San Francisco.  She still exhibits her fine art works in galleries and exhibitions, including San Francisco’s de Young Museum.


3D Nipple & Areola Tattoo Training

Registration Information

Early Bird Price Regular Price
Two Day Semi-Private Training
6-hour workshop &
6-hour practical training
$2700 $3500
3D Nipple Tattoo Machine Kit*
Machine, needles, pigments
$1575 $1650

*Machine kit is received by trainees on first day of training
Please Note: Space is limited to 2 students and is available on a first come, first served basis. Your seat is not guaranteed until your payment is received. No refunds after 7 days from the start of the course.

Training takes place in a beautiful penthouse suite in the heart of  San Francisco’s Union Square. Hotels, world class dining, and art are all within walking distance.

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490 Post Street Suite 1701
Phone: 415.550.1445


Dragonfly Ink is committed to providing excellent quality 3D Nipple Tattoo and Areola Restoration that is natural and realistic. 3D nipple tattoos can be a successful option to create the experience of a finished breast after cancer.