The timing of nipple reconstruction varies with each patient. The procedure is usually done about two months after your new breast mound has been reconstructed. This time allows the skin and fat of the new breast to soften and settle any swelling that was initially present after breast reconstruction. The first step in the procedure of nipple reconstruction is selecting the location of the nipple. The decision on where the nipple should be placed is made jointly by the surgeon and the patient. Dr. Sood will take your suggestion of location and modify this based on the landmarks for correct nipple placement. If only one nipple is being reconstructed he will attempt to match the reconstructed nipple with your own. These modifications will assist you in getting the best aesthetic result.
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Nipple reconstruction may be done with a local anesthetic and in an outpatient setting. The nipple created is 11/2 to 2 times larger than desired because it will lose some projection. There is a chance that all nipple projection may be lost. If this occurs, additional surgery and augmentation of the nipple with a full thickness graft or Alloderm may be required to create more projection of the nipple. Nipple reconstruction is typically done using local tissue at the site. The skin is used to create the nipple and the underlying fat is used to provide fullness and shape. Nipple areola tattooing may be done 2 months following nipple reconstruction.
Dr. Sood's primary goal is to provide excellent clinical results along with a high level of patient care and service. Patient satisfaction is our highest concern. We are dedicated to providing every patient with a pleasant experience, beginning with the first visit and continuing on through surgical procedures and treatments and postoperative care. We encourage patients to evaluate the benefits as well as the risks of each procedure within the confines of realistic expectations.