The reconstruction of a nipple adds a very pleasing final touch to the breast. This is a simple outpatient procedure that may be done with local anesthesia. An average time for this is about 1 hour. The goal of the surgery is to create a nipple that has the appearance of the nipple of the opposite breast. As a second procedure the healed nipple can be tattooed to improve the color match of the opposite breast.
Many women describe a feeling of once again being whole.
1. Excessive scarring
2. Shrinkage of the projecting part of the nipple
3. Blood clot under the nipple, which may result in loss of all or part of the new nipple
Reconstruction of the breast following mastectomy is a very rewarding procedure to both the patient and the surgeon. Many women describe a feeling of once again being whole. There are many materials available regarding breast reconstruction. There are support groups available where one can meet women who have gone through these procedures. Ask us for references, books and support groups in your area. Take advantage of these invaluable resources.