Nipple Reconstruction: The Finishing Touch for Breast Reconstruction Patients
To achieve a natural-looking and attractive new bust, many patients undergo nipple reconstruction as the final step of breast reconstruction. Once you have recovered from breast reconstruction surgery, we can use tissue grafts and tattooing to recreate the nipple mound and areola. Dr. David Passaretti uses precise nipple reconstruction techniques at his Darien, CT, plastic surgery practice to help patients enjoy the most attractive and natural-looking results possible. To learn more about nipple reconstruction, contact our plastic surgery practice and schedule an appointment with Dr. Passaretti.
Nipple Reconstruction Candidates
Most women who undergo breast reconstruction will qualify for nipple reconstruction to further enhance their new bust. Nipple reconstruction involves recreating the nipple using donor tissue, and we can also use tattooing to restore the color of the areola. Patients will typically undergo nipple reconstruction one to three months after breast reconstruction surgery. Nipple reconstruction patients should be in good general health and free of any chronic conditions or skin disorders that could interfere with treatment.
Women who are seeking breast reconstruction after undergoing a single or double mastectomy are often good candidates for this procedure. However, patients who have undergone what is known as a “nipple-sparing” mastectomy may not require nipple reconstruction. If you have thin or radiation-damaged breast tissue, Dr. Passaretti may be able to solely use tattooing to improve the appearance of your areolae. We can discuss your candidacy for nipple reconstruction and customize treatment during a breast reconstruction consultation.
Recreating the Nipple
In order to further enhance the appearance of your breasts after you have healed from breast reconstruction, Dr. Passaretti can recreate your nipples with an attractive size and shape. During nipple reconstruction surgery, he will begin by addressing your nipple mound. Dr. Passaretti will remove a small flap of tissue from your breast. The tissue is then formed into a nipple mound and small sutures are used to secure it to the center of your breast. Next, the surrounding areola is formed from a skin flap taken from the lower abdomen. This procedure can typically be completed in less than an hour, and most patients heal in roughly two weeks.
Areola Tattooing for Natural-looking Color
Nipples and areolae are typically slightly darker than the surrounding breast tissue, and we can achieve this look with areola tattooing. After the reconstructed nipple has healed, we can complete areola tattooing at our office. Our specially trained technician can help you decide on an appropriate shade of tattoo. After undergoing tattooing, your nipples may appear darker than the intended color, but the darkness should fade to the desired result over time. If you are dissatisfied with the color of your nipples, our tattoo specialist can provide an additional session to help you achieve a look you are completely satisfied with.
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If you will be undergoing a mastectomy, we can perform nipple reconstruction as the finishing touch for your reconstructed breasts, helping to restore your confidence and sense of femininity. To learn more about nipple reconstruction, contact our practice today.