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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 reconstruction surgery to restore their nipples for a more natural look to the breast. Nipple reconstruction surgery is usually done about 3-4 months after surgery to let the reconstructed breast heal.
PLASTIC & RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEONS
Our mission at Tucson Plastic Surgery is to provide you with an unparalleled experience by taking time to listen and understand your individual needs and concerns. We believe creating a custom-tailored plan based on your goals and unique anatomy is essential to achieving your best possible results.
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.
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:
During this technique, small flaps of skin from the reconstructed breast are folded and sutured together to build a new nipple.
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.
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.
Dr Mahabir is amzing, I am a breast cancer survivor. I had a dbl mastectomy 4 1/2 years ago and Dr Mahabir completed reconstructive surgery and made me look and feel like a while women again. I am grateful to have found Dr Raman Mahabir. Thank you to him and his staff they are all kind, care and patient.”
Nipple Reconstruction Recovery
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.
If you would like to learn more about nipple reconstruction at Tucson Plastic Surgery, contact us today! Your first step toward treatment will be to schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons. During this appointment, you will be able to discuss your aesthetic goals as well as ask any questions that you may have.