Unfortunately, nipple reconstruction is not ideal for every woman. If you have very thin breast skin, or your tissue has been damaged due to radiation treatment, we may not be able to achieve optimal results with this procedure. In that case, we’ll often tattoo the appearance of a nipple and areola to complete your restoration. During your initial consultation at The Roxbury Institute, we will closely evaluate your breasts and skin quality, and help you determine which treatment approach is in your best interest.
After undergoing a mastectomy to remove breast cancer, most women are eager to renew their confidence and restore their femininity by reconstructing their full and beautiful breasts. In many cases, you’ll also require a specialized surgery designed to reconstruct your nipple and areola as well, so you can achieve the most natural final outcome possible.
Benefits of nipple reconstruction
Nipple reconstruction is an incredible procedure that can help women restore their beautiful, feminine and natural chest appearance. When performed with precision and artistry by one of our leading plastic surgeons, the procedure also comes with a number of appealing benefits, including:
- An extremely natural-looking nipple and areola
- Renewed self-confidence and self-esteem
- A safe and simple procedure with very few risks
If we determine that you’re an ideal candidate for nipple reconstruction, we will perform the surgery once you have healed from your breast reconstruction. A very delicate procedure, nipple reconstruction involves using local skin flaps to recreate the nipple mound. Throughout this process, our surgeons will work meticulously to reproduce a natural nipple shape and contour, ensuring an organic outcome.
Once the nipple has been restored, we will typically use an additional skin graft to recreate the areola. However, in some cases we may be able to obtain better results by tattooing the areola once your reconstructed nipple has healed. During your initial consultation, we will discuss both of these options with you and help you determine which one is best for your unique body.
Once the procedure is complete, you can expect a fairly simple recovery period. You will need to wear a nipple shield to protect the new structure for several days, and you can expect to experience tenderness in the area for approximately one week. As your nipples heal, one of the main issues to watch out for is the loss of nipple projection over time. If this occurs, we will revise the surgery using additional skin flaps and fat grafts, as well as dermal fillers to recreate your natural projection. In other words, your care doesn’t end simply because surgery is over, and we will be sure to follow up with you moving to ensure that you’re thrilled with your beautiful new breasts for years to come.