What is Nipple Reconstruction?

During mastectomy to remove cancerous tissue from the breast(s), one or both of the nipples may be removed. In these cases, some patients choose to undergo nipple areola reconstruction or a 3D nipple areola tattoo to restore their nipples for a more natural look to the breast. Nipple reconstruction surgery is usually done about 3 months after surgery to let the reconstructed breast heal.

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Who is a good candidate for Nipple Reconstruction?

Individuals who have had their nipples removed during mastectomy who would like to restore their nipples can benefit from nipple reconstruction surgery. The main goal of this procedure is to create natural-looking results for a boost in self-confidence. Ideal candidates will be overall healthy with realistic expectations for the results of their procedure. The best way to determine if this procedure is right for you is through a consultation at our Tucson office.

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Breast reconstruction surgery is often a life-changing experience for our patients. Our goal is to help our patients feel whole again after undergoing breast cancer treatment. View our gallery to learn more about the various reconstructive surgeries performed by our board-certified plastic surgeons at Tucson Plastic Surgery.


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Nipple Reconstruction Procedure Steps

When it comes to nipple reconstruction, there are a variety of techniques that can be used, depending on the condition of the new breast tissue. These include:

Skin Flap

During this technique, small flaps of skin from the reconstructed breast are folded and sutured together to build a new nipple.

Skin Graft

When there is not enough tissue to create a nipple from the newly reconstructed breast, a skin graft may be used. Grafts are often taken from the thigh, abdomen, the crease of the buttocks, or the groin.

Autologous Graft

If the nipple on the breast that has not been reconstructed is large enough, a part of it may be grafted onto your new breast to create a new nipple.

If breast implants were used to reconstruct your breast, nipple surgery is often performed after your breast has healed from reconstructive surgery. If your breast was rebuilt using skin from your abdomen, your nipple may be reconstructed at the same time, or at a later time.

Recovery Process

Nipple Reconstruction Recovery

2-3 Weeks

Following nipple reconstruction, your nipple may be tender. It may also appear pointed for a while but will flatten as it heals. You may be sent home wearing a surgical bra to help hold surgical dressings in place and support your breasts during the healing process. Your plastic surgeon will advise you on how to properly care for your new nipple(s) for the best possible results.

Silvia Kurtovic, MD & Raman Mahabir, MD

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At Tucson Plastic Surgery, we have a patient-centric approach that sets us apart from the rest. We take the time to really get to know you and your aesthetic goals during one-on-one conversations which help us to fully understand your motivations.

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