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.  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 100-Hour 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
  • Consultations and understanding patient’s needs
  • Color theory and custom color mixing
  • HIPPA training
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Creating a realistic 3D nipple tattoo
  • Types of breast reconstructions and how they impact tattooing
  • Working in radiated skin and scar tissue
  • Color matching 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


Training Dates

Upcoming 3D Areola Courses

March 20-25, 2023 (FULL)
Registration Deadline: February 15, 2023

June 19-24, 2023
(4 spots remain)
Registration Deadline: May 15, 2023

August 28-September 2, 2023
(4 spots remain)
Registration Deadline: July15, 2023


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.

Tuition: $7,497 (includes machine), $6,897 (without machine)


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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
  • HIPPA training via an online HIPPA certification course
  • Your own tattoo machine & power supply: Microbeau Flux S Wireless with Battery Pack (a $1,100 value)
  • Take home kit with essential areola tattoo supplies
  • Take home kit with World Famous Ink’s Pink Ribbon Pigment Collection (a $220 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 and a respected cosmetic/paramedical tattoo artist and instructor.


Her clients and students travel from all over the U.S. to receive her services and gain her knowledge.


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.


3D nipple tattoo instructor

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 or esthetician.


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.