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Nipple Reconstruction

Nipple Reconstruction

This involves the creation of a nipple areolar mound and pigment to replace that removed by mastectomy.

Patients having a mastectomy will have the nipple removed at the time of their mastectomy. A nipple can be reconstructed after breast reconstruction. Nipple reconstruction is done after the reconstructed breast has had time to heal — at least 3 or 4 months after reconstruction surgery.

Nipple reconstruction surgery is usually done as outpatient surgery. It may be performed at the same time as a balancing operation is performed on the opposite breast (if required).

The nipple may be reconstructed from the surrounding skin, at the site desired for nipple placement. The surgeon makes small incisions and then elevates the tissue into position, forming and shaping it into a living tissue projection that mimics the natural nipple.

A dressing is applied for 1 week and at the end of that time, the stitches are removed. The new nipple and surrounding areola can be tattooed about 3 months after surgery.

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