What is Nipple Reconstruction?
Nipple reconstruction is typically performed using a procedure where adjacent skin is rearranged to form a nipple as well as the borders of the areola.
Pigment can later be filled in with tattooing.
Nipple reconstruction is done after the reconstructed breast has had time to heal — at least 3 or 4 months after reconstruction surgery.
Women who are born with inverted nipples or those who lack one or both nipples due to mastectomy, injury or a congenital defect, are often very self-conscious about their breasts.
To improve the aesthetics of the breasts, a nipple reconstruction can be performed.
You may want nipple reconstruction if you have:
- Experienced loss of breast due to breast cancer or other traumatic event
- Undergone a breast reconstruction
- Wish to reshape and reform your nipples to your liking
Unless performed in conjunction with a breast reconstruction, nipple reconstruction can be done under local anesthesia in an office setting.
The nipple mound is created by taking skin from the reconstructed breast.
Nipple areola tattooing is also done in conjunction with this procedure.
After the nipple reduction procedure, patients often experience mild swelling and discomfort for a few days.
These side effects can be managed with pain medication from your doctor.
Some bruising is also common for several days after the procedure.
Regardless of which method of breast reconstruction you chose, reconstruction of a nipple makes a reconstructed breast look as natural as possible.
Dr. Calvert performs hundreds of nipple areola reconstruction operations every year and can determine which procedure is right for you.
Contact Dr. Jay Calvert to learn more about breast reconstruction surgery in Beverly Hills.