Following a mastectomy, or in some circumstances other injury or post-operative complication, nipple reconstruction is sometimes desired to restore a more natural look to the breast. There are multiple techniques available for creating the illusion of a nipple when one no longer exists. This includes surgical creating a three dimensional nipple with projection from the breast mound. This in combination with specialized tattooing can achieve a very realistic reconstructed nipple. If you desire a recreated nipple, you should consider treatment. It is vital that you have realistic expectations and a positive outlook. Achieving a surgical nipple reconstruction is impossible without a few scars. Most patients feel the scars are well worth the benefits of surgery.
BENEFITS OF SURGERY
- Restores the look of a natural nipple
- Creates a three dimensional nipple
WHAT TO EXPECT
Once the decision is made to move forward with surgery, our team will schedule a pre-procedure visit and help you select your surgery date. A nipple reconstruction may be performed under general anesthesia, meaning you will be asleep for the operation, or may be performed under local anesthesia, meaning the area being treated is numbed. Surgery time varies depending on the treatment. You will go home the same day as surgery to recover. We recommend you plan for extra help around the house for the days following your procedure as you adjust and recover. Recovery for each patient varies and depends on your lifestyle.
YOUR CONSULTATION FOR NIPPLE RECONSTRUCTION
If you are considering nipple reconstruction or wondering if it may be the right procedure for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Szymanski to review your goals and desired results. It is important that you understand and have realistic expectations for the procedure before moving forward. Dr. Szymanski may have you undress to more fully evaluate the area and talk through you concerns.
Deciding if a plastic surgery procedure is the right choice for you is your individual decision. We want you to feel comfortable and confident throughout the process. Before your first consultation with our office, we recommend you write down any questions you have and bring your list with you. It can also be beneficial to bring someone with you who is supportive and a good listener. If you find you have a lot of questions after your consultation, a second appointment to address your questions with Dr. Szymanski is always an option.