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Nipple Reconstruction

This involves the creation of a nipple areolar mound and pigment to replace that removed by mastectomy.

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The Procedure

This involves the creation of a nipple areolar mound and pigment to replace that removed by mastectomy.

Patients having a mastectomy will have the nipple removed at the time of their mastectomy. A nipple can be reconstructed after breast reconstruction. This is usually performed 3 to 6 months after the breast reconstruction.

The procedure can be performed as a day case and under local anaesthetic. It may be performed at the same time as a balancing operation is performed on the opposite breast (if required).

The operation involves raising local tissues as a flap to create a nipple mound. A dressing is applied for 1 week and at the end of that time the stitches are removed. The areolar (pigment around the nipple) is then tattooed on at a later stage.
 

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