Can Nipple Reconstruction Make a Difference?
If your surgeon is unable to conserve your nipple during mastectomy, you can opt to have nipple reconstruction. This final reconstruction step is sometimes likened to a bow on a present. This step is often the one thing that actually allows a woman to feel completely whole again.
Nipple reconstruction can be carried out in a number of different ways. Today, it is common to use a flap of skin from the surrounding breast skin to construct the new nipple. Once the nipple heals after reconstruction (typically about 6 weeks), the procedure is completed by tattooing the surrounding area to achieve differentiation in skin tone. This region becomes the areola and completes the look of the breast. Some women opt to have tattooing only, but in the end the choice is yours.
It is important for you to know that you have many different options when it comes to reconstruction of the breast. At the Center for Breast Restoration, we encourage you to look at these options with optimism about what’s possible with post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Each woman’s journey through breast cancer and breast reconstruction is unique. If you would like to hear from other patients about their experience with breast cancer treatment and reconstruction, please visit our video page.