For women who want to improve the results of a breast reconstruction, Dr. Matthew Malamet offers nipple and areola reconstruction. While an exact replica of the natural nipple is impossible, a number of advanced techniques can be used to create the appearance of a nipple. Nipple and areola reconstruction is designed to improve the way the breasts look following reconstruction, but a new nipple and areola will not have the same function of a natural nipple. Nipple and areola reconstruction is specifically for the aesthetic appearance of the breasts, and the final results from this procedure will depend heavily on the patient’s individual circumstances.
The Nipple and Areola Reconstruction Procedure
Depending on the individualized circumstances of the patient, a few options are available for nipple and areola reconstruction. In cases where women have had a single mastectomy, it is possible to harvest a portion of the natural nipple to assist in creating balance and symmetry.
Nipple and Areola Reconstruction Key Facts:
- Anesthesia: Topical Numbing Agent, Local Anesthetic
- Length of Procedure: 30 Minutes-2 Hours
- Length of Stay: Patients generally return home shortly after the procedure
- Discomfort: Some minor swelling, bruising and discomfort
- Anticipate: Minor swelling and bruising may persist for a couple weeks, but daily activities can be resumed within a few days
- Final Results: Visible once swelling and bruising subside
- Duration of Results: Lasting
Nipple and Areola Reconstruction Results
Nipple and areola reconstruction is a highly individualized procedure that can offer amazing results for women following breast reconstruction. Using a number of advanced techniques, Dr. Malamet uses his experience and skill to create a natural-looking nipple and areola. Depending on the technique(s) chosen, results and the amount of recovery following nipple and areola reconstruction may vary.
If you would like to learn more about nipple and areola reconstruction and how it can improve a woman’s self-confidence and self-esteem, schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthew Malamet. He meets with each patient individually to address any questions or concerns that may come up prior to the actual procedure.