Nipple reconstruction surgery is usually an outpatient procedure that uses skin from the area of the breast where the nipple will be located to form a new nipple. Later, the reconstructed nipple may be tattooed to add color and to create the areola.
The main advantage of getting your nipple reconstructed with surgery is that it will project out from the breast. Some women feel this creates a more natural look.
The disadvantages are that it involves surgery at a point in the reconstruction process when you might not feel like having more surgery, and it carries some minor risks. Also, a reconstructed nipple will flatten and lose most of its projection over time.
Nipple reconstruction can give you a good cosmetic outcome, but a reconstructed nipple won’t look and feel like your original nipple. It’s also important to know that most women lose sensation in their breast area after mastectomy and breast reconstruction, so you likely won’t have sensation in your reconstructed nipple either.
To learn more about Nipple Reconstruction or other procedures we offer, schedule a consultation with Cosmetic and Reconstructive Specialists of Florida by calling 954.533.8029. We serve Fort Lauderdale, FL and nearby areas.