After implant or natural tissue breast reconstruction, you can choose to have your nipple reconstructed or tattooed. This portion of treatment is performed at least three to four months after reconstructive surgery, when the breasts have had time to heal. Dr. Ravi Tandon is fully committed to helping patients achieve the most natural breast reconstruction results possible at our New Orleans, LA, practice. This final step is entirely optional for patients, however, it can help to complete your transformation and reconstruction.
For some patients, the final step of feeling fully satisfied in a restored breast is the reconstruction of the nipple.
Unless you have undergone a nipple-sparing mastectomy, in which the breast skin and nipple are left intact, your reconstructed breast will be missing the nipple. Some women choose to reconstruct the nipple, while others prefer to avoid additional treatment. Should you be interested in nipple reconstruction, it is important to know your options.
The nipple can either be reconstructed from surrounding skin, which will be shaped into a lifelike projection, or it can be tattooed onto the breast tissue. Dr. Tandon can review your options and recommend the best for your needs.
Recent advancements in tattooing techniques have made areola tattoos a popular option for many patients following breast reconstruction. This option is ideal for those who would like to avoid additional surgery and more extensive healing.
Dr. Tandon works closely with an artist who specializes in medical tattoos. They can create depth and color variation that mimics the appearance of the nipple. This procedure typically takes about 30 minutes to one hour to complete.
Full nipple reconstruction uses tissue which was placed during natural breast reconstruction. This relatively minor procedure is typically performed about three months after the initial surgery. To finalize the appearance of the nipple, we may recommend tattooing the areola about six weeks later.
For some patients, the final step of feeling fully satisfied in a restored breast is the reconstruction of the nipple. If you are interested in learning about your options, Dr. Tandon and his team are here to help you. Please contact us online or call (504) 455-1000 to schedule your appointment.