3D Areola Tattooing

Make a Life-Changing Impact

There is a growing need for paramedical tattoo artists. If helping others feel more confident or if working in a healthcare setting appeals to you, paramedical tattooing is a fantastic choice.


“After adding paramedical tattooing to my cosmetic tattooing services, I watched as my business grew exponentially.  Now, I’m a respected  paramedical tattoo artist who receives referrals from the top plastic surgeons in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. I average approximately four 3D areola tattoo patients per week!  My decision to become a paramedical tattoo artist has been life changing to say the least!


Helping hundreds of women feel better about their bodies after cancer is incredibly rewarding. That’s why I decided to share this powerful skill and train others to become paramedical tattoo artists in order to help as many women in North America and beyond.”

-Shannon Housley




Fundamentals of 3D Areola Tattooing 6-day In-person Certification

 What will you learn? 


  • Tattoo machine fundamentals — machine settings and speeds
  • In-depth needle cartridge review
  • Consultations, charting, and understanding patient needs
  • Proper tattoo techniques for maximum color retention
  • Color theory and custom color mixing
  • HIPAA Awareness training & certification
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Creating a realistic 3D nipple tattoo
  • Types of breast reconstructions and mastectomies and how they impact tattooing
  • Working in radiated skin and scar tissue
  • Color matching and tattooing native areola tissue
  • Reconstructed nipples vs flat surface
  • Re-pigmenting post-necrotic areolas
  • Administrative aspects of client billing & insurance
  • Aftercare procedures and instruction
  • Marketing: Networking with plastic surgeons and hospitals
  • Secrets to winning with social media: The Dos & Donts with areola and nipple posts


Here’s what our students are saying about our Fundamentals of 3D Areola training . . .


This course was designed very efficiently and I enjoyed every second of training! We spent just the right amount of time on each detail that makes up the areola. This left me very confident and comfortable when it came time to work on the live patient model. I loved the book you provided for us to have and take notes on while going through lessons! Being a visual learner this was very beneficial for me and I’ve already read through it a couple times!

THANK YOU again for being such an amazing Instructor throughout this process! I am a huge believer that coaches can make or break a player, and how passionate teaching can inspire students. You are the perfect example of that. 

–Mackenzie G.


I thoroughly enjoyed the training session. I feel as if the flow of everything was perfect and I appreciated being able to work on actual patients during the training process. I would recommend your course to anyone. You can tell this is a passion for you!  Future students should know that they will leave with a new level of care for those who have gone through the process of needing our help and that your program will give them everything they need to get started.

–Latoya W.


I’m so happy that I chose your class, it was well worth the trip all the way from California.

I know I will have to continue working on my technique and practice . . . but everyone is so amazed by my work so far!

–Ashley H.



Training Investment

Tuition Pricing

Option 1: $4,997 without machine (Does not include a machine. You must provide your own and bring it to training.)

Option 2: $5,697
with machine (Includes a Microbeau Flux Mini wireless machine for you to take home)

Option 3: $5,979
with upgraded machine (Includes a Xion S with Battery Pack cordless machine for you to take home)


A $500 deposit is all that’s needed to reserve your seat. Balance is not due until 14 days prior to course start date.

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Training Dates

Upcoming 3D Areola Courses


March 4 – 9, 2024 (FULL)
Registration Deadline:

June 17 – 22, 2024 (FULL)
Registration Deadline: May15

July 29 – August 3, 2024 (4 spots remain)
Registration Deadline: June 15

September 30 – October 5, 2024 (3 spots remain)
Registration Deadline: August 15
This will be the final 3D Areola training session until 2025.

Duration: 6 Days: Monday through Saturday, from 9am to 6pm
Deposit: $500.  This non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is required to hold your seat. Balance must be received 14 days prior to the course start date.
Location:  Our beautiful training facility is located in the heart of downtown Sharonville at: 11096 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241.

Space is limited to a maximum of 4 students.

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Training Guarantee

We know there is a ton of information to learn in our training courses.
We don’t ever want you to feel overwhelmed if you’ve forgotten important details or can’t remember every piece of information from training.


That’s why we offer our “REFRESHER GUARANTEE.”


If for any reason during the first 24 months after you completed your course you need a little extra support, you may re-attend the same course free of charge*.


It’s easy. Simply schedule a seat in training during the first 24 months after your initial training and audit the entire class session at no cost.


You won’t find any other training academies offering this kind of support at no charge, but at Housley Institute, we truly want you to succeed!


*Refresher guarantee does not include meals, supplies, take-home kits, or working on live models.

What’s Included

Everything You Need



  • 6 days of instruction: 4 days in classroom and 2 days clinical with live, hands-on models
  • 100 total hours of pre-classroom and in-classroom education
  • A full-color comprehensive training manual
  • All in-class training supplies
  • HIPAA training via an online HIPAA certification course
  • Your own tattoo machine & power supply: your choice of Microbeau Flux Mini wireless with battery or the Xion S with Battery Pack cordless/wireless when you choose the “with machine” or “with machine upgrade” tuition option.
  • Take home kit with essential areola tattoo supplies
  • Take home kit with World Famous Ink’s Pink Ribbon Pigment Collection (a $240 value)
  • Certificate Of Completion (Please note that we do not guarantee a certificate at the of the academy.  Your training provides education. You’ll receive a certificate only if you demonstrate proficiency and meet our standards of care and competency.)
  • Refreshments and light snacks

Duration: 6 Days: Monday through Saturday, from 9am to 6pm

Deposit: $500.  This non-refundable/non-transferable deposit is required to hold your seat. Balance is due at least 14 days prior to course start date.

Location:  Housley Institute for Restorative Ink, 11096 Reading Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241

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Your Instructor

Shannon Housley

Shannon Housley is the founder of Housley Institute : Restorative Beauty and a respected cosmetic/paramedical tattoo artist and instructor in Cincinnati, Ohio.


She launched Housley Institute in 2019 as a way to help women and men feel more confident every day. Shannon has obtained certification in 3D areola tattooing , scar camouflage, scar revision, advanced burns/skin graft scar camouflage, hyper-realistic 3D nipples, microblading, powder brows, lip blush, permanent eyeliner, Li-FT tattoo removal, and nano brows.


Her patients and students travel from all over the U.S. to receive services and gain knowledge and she helps approximately four areola patients every week.


She collaborates with over 20 of the top plastic/breast surgeons and oncologists throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana; putting the finishing touches on their amazing breast reconstructions.


Giving others the opportunity to learn such life-changing and transformative tattooing techniques is what  motivates Shannon to share her knowledge and artistry with new students.


Additional Information

All the details



This course is for anyone looking to start their career as a paramedical tattoo artist.


Fundamentals of 3D Areola Tattoo is taught as a beginner training class. Students will learn the fundamentals needed to perform medical tattooing; however, they should not expect to become a master artist after just 6 days of training.  We consider areola tattooing a fine art and true mastery will require time, dedication and practice.


There is no prerequisite licensing or training required to attend this course. You do NOT have to be a licensed cosmetologist, esthetician, or tattoo artist to receive your certification.


What Should You Bring?

Please bring the following items:

  • Closed-toed shoes (these are required for clinical days)
  • Black Scrub Top & Pants (these are required for clinical days)
  • A camera or high-quality mobile phone (iPhone or Android) to take before and after pictures of your work
  • Comfortable business casual attire for non-clinical days

Travel Logistics


We are located approximately 35 minutes from CVG (Cincinnati/Northern KY International Airport) and 50 minutes from DAY (Dayton International Airport).


These hotels are within a 5-minute drive of our academy:



UBER and LYFT services are readily available to and from CVG/DAY, as well as to the academy.  If you are driving, we have a private parking lot located directly behind our building off of Creek Rd.