Female Cosmetic Surgeon based in the East Midlands
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Nipple Reconstruction

Nipple Reconstruction

Nipple reconstruction can be done at the time of a mastectomy, at the time of a delayed breast reconstruction operation or as a separate procedure (this last is the most common). Different options are available:

  • Small areas of the skin of the breast itself are used, wrapping them around each other in order to create a realistic nipple shape.
  • Part of the opposite nipple is removed and grafted to the reconstructed breast. Once the scars are mature the areola and nipple are tattooed to match.
  • A non-surgical alternative is to have a rubber copy of the other nipple made. These are very realistic; the only disadvantage is that they are stick on.

The surgical reconstruction options are day case procedures, under local anaesthetic.

Postoperative period

Afterwards, the patient has a showerproof dressing over the area, to be kept on until the follow up appointment with the nurse after four to five days .

Time off and recovery

You can go back to work on the same day or the day after your surgery provided your job is not too strenuous. A return to normal activities is possible 3 days after surgery.

What you need to be aware of

As with any surgical procedure, there can occasionally be complications; possibly including scars, bleeding, infection, wound breakdown. You need to be aware that with time the nipple tends to flatten. The chances of any complication can be reduced by observing the postoperative recommendations above. Smoking is also a risk factor. This subject is always fully discussed during your initial consultation.

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