At the completion of breast reconstruction, nipples can be reconstructed. They may be tattooed to complete the overall outcome.
Once breast reconstruction is complete, nipples can be reconstructed using one of many techniques. The tissue often retracts and this is compensated for by making the nipples larger than the final result.
Some techniques use local flaps of skin or fat, while other techniques require skin grafts. It may be necessary to use a small amount of cartilage to maintain the nipple projection.
The advantages and disadvantages of each technique will be carefully explained to allow a full informed decision. Tattooing of the new nipple areola complex completes the reconstruction.
At the time of consultation, Dr Kippen will give a far more comprehensive explanation of the procedure and likely recovery. He will give you brochures to read as well as showing before and after photographs.
You should read the information presented here in conjunction with the information contained on the Frequently Asked Questions page of the website.