Nipple Reconstruction

OVERVIEW

The process of breast reconstruction can take from 6 months to 1 year. After the first stage of Breast Mound Reconstruction, you have to wait at least 3 months before performing the next step, followed a few months later by a Nipple Reconstruction.

There are many ways that a nipple can be created. The most common method used includes a C-V flap, which only uses the tissues already on your breast mound, or skate flaps, which often require a small skin graft from elsewhere (usually the lower belly). Either method can result in a nipple reconstruction that is adequate in size to match the other nipple.

WHO SHOULD CONSIDER THIS TREATMENT?

Irrespective of when you underwent a mastectomy, you can still opt for breast reconstruction. The options include a tissue expander and implant method, or using your own tissue, such as a TRAM flap.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

The Essential Facts

  • Length of Procedure: Up to 1 hour
  • Anaesthesia: Local, sometimes with light sedation (twilight anaesthesia)
  • Inpatient / Outpatient: Day case
  • Time off from work: 1 to 3 days
  • Getting back to normal/sport: 1 to 4 weeks.

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