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Laura is a contracted provider with Cedars Sinai Medical Group, handling all of their post-surgery Areola Pigmentation. She is also on the staff of UCLA’s Reconstruction Surgery Department.
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Much of the scar camouflage work Laura does is through her partnership with UCLA. She has also been honored to work closely with another UCLA partnership, Operation Mend, an organization established to help treat U.S. military personnel wounded during service in Iraq and Afghanistan. Click here to learn more about Operation Mend.

“Laura Albano is a true artist and we are fortunate to have her as part of our team here at UCLA’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department.”

Tim Miller, MD
Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Department
Please contact us to discuss your specific Medical Tattooing needs.

AREOLA PIGMENTATION: Who is a candidate and how is it done?

Candidates for Areola Pigmentation are men and women who have had breast reconstruction surgery. As the final step of the surgical process, Laura is able to give them the appearance of a completely natural areola and nipple.

First, she draws on the areola using pigment that has been custom-blended to match the patient’s coloring. Then, after she and the patient are satisfied with the size, shape and color of the new areola, she implants the pigment into the skin. The procedure takes about 30 minutes per side and is usually painless. If the patient feels any discomfort, topical anesthetic is applied.

Please click through to see before and after photos of some of Laura’s Areola Pigmentation clients.

SCAR CAMOUFLAGE: Who is a candidate and how is it done?

Many of Laura’s clients feel their natural appearance has been diminished as a result of burns, disease, accidents or surgical trauma. Using a precise hand piece, Laura camouflages hypopigmented (white) scars by implanting custom-matched, flesh-colored pigment directly into the scar.

There are two types of skin pigmentation issues:

Hypopigmentation—a “whitening” of the skin due to a loss of or decrease in the production of melanin in the skin, can be the result of trauma such as blisters, burns, dog bites, plastic and reconstructive surgery, mole or skin cancer removal,  etc. It is also very  common for facelift scars to hypopigment, or turn white. 

Hyperpigmentation—a “darkening” of the skin due to an increase in the skin’s production of melanin, is the exact opposite of hypopigmentation. Individuals with hyperpigmentation will NOT benefit from scar camouflage tattooing services.

Micropigmentation for hypopigmented scars does not remove the scar, nor is it a 100% cure, but it does allow the damaged tissue to blend-in with surrounding skin.


Patients who have undergone cosmetic surgery procedures such as facelift and/or breast augmentation surgery are often left with white visible scars along the side of the face and in the case of breast augmentation surgery, around the areola. Laura has had tremendous success in camouflaging these types of scars.

Please click through to see before and after photos of some of Laura’s Scar Camouflage clients.

Hair Follicle Replication

Hair follicle replication(HFR) is the art of implanting single needle dots of pigment into the scalp to camouflage scars and/or replicate the appearance of having a shaved head. Men who suffer from male-patterned baldness can benefit from this service, as well as men and women who have thinning hair. HFR is also extremely effective in camouflaging scars on the scalp of men who have undergone hair transplant surgery. Because Laura implants the pigment by hand there is no patterned look and the results are extremely natural.

Please click through to see before and after photos of some of Laura’s Hair Follicle Replication clients.

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