Nipple & Areola Reconstruction

The creation of a nipple and areola is the final component of your breast reconstruction. During a risk-reduced mastectomy, the nipple is usually removed  along with the rest of the breast tissue. However, if you are having an immediate reconstruction, it may be possible to keep the nipple. It can be left attached to the skin of the breast with just the tissues underneath the skin removed, or the nipple and its surrounding skin may be removed with the rest of the breast tissue and then attached (grafted) onto the reconstructed breast.

Regardless of which method of breast reconstruction you choose, reconstruction of a nipple really makes a reconstructed breast look as normal and natural as possible. However, some patients are comfortable without having a nipple, and do not wish to have further surgery. Others choose the non-surgical option of tattooing without reconstruction. This allows colour pigmentation to simulate the nipple areola without the contour of an actual nipple. Still, the reconstruction of the nipple areola helps to put the finishing touches to the new breast after the long journey of reconstruction.

Before deciding to undergo nipple reconstruction, there are several factors to consider about the new nipple.

The reconstruction nipple
Options for reconstruction of the nipple & areola
Risks & complications

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