At my practice in Orange County, breast cancer patients who have undergone mastectomy have many options for restoring breast shape. However, many are unaware of the role nipple and areolar reconstruction can play in re-creating natural looking breasts. In fact, these steps are an integral part of the process for women whose nipples were not spared during their mastectomy.
Nipple and areola reconstruction typically take place after you are satisfied with the size and shape of your newly reconstructed breasts. Your surgeon will graft a nipple that is the right size, shape and projection for your breasts. Pigmentation is added to the nipple and areola through special tattooing techniques. At my practice, nipple reconstruction is performed under general anesthesia approximately 2 months after the reconstruction of the breast itself. A licensed esthetician performs the tattooing, which can often be completed in a single session.
Talk with your surgeon about your goals and options for nipple and areola reconstruction.