A plastic surgery, nipple areola reconstruction builds a new nipple and areola as a part of breast reconstruction. In some cases, the skin is tattooed to give the resemblance of an areola.
Also Known As:
- Nipple surgery
- Nipple reconstruction
- Breast surgery
- Breast reconstruction
Conditions Treated with Nipple Areola Reconstruction:
Nipple areola reconstruction is performed as a part of breast reconstruction that follows breast injury or breast cancer.
A non-surgical alternative to nipple areola reconstruction is a breast tattoo. There is no comparable surgical alternative to the procedure.
Anesthesia with Nipple Areola Reconstruction:
Nipple areola reconstruction is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.
Potential Complications from Nipple Areola Reconstruction:
Possible risks following nipple areola reconstruction include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. If a nipple transplant is used, it can be rejected. The reconstructed nipple can be mispositioned or have an unnatural appearance. Additionally, patients can experience nerve damage or altered nipple sensation.
Recovery from Nipple Areola Reconstruction:
The total recovery time following nipple reconstruction is four to six weeks.