Are you unhappy with the size, shape, or position of your nipples? Did you lose your nipples after the surgical removal of your breasts? If so, nipple reconstruction surgery can offer a long-term solution to your problem. By recreating the shape of your nipples, the surgery does not only improve your body image but also boosts your self-esteem. Take some time to view nipple reconstruction photos of actual patients at Dr Laniewski clinic in Sydney.
Methods of nipple reconstruction
Depending on your breast condition and your surgeon’s preferences, different methods can be used to recreate your nipples.
- Skin flap: It involves folding and suturing the small flaps of skin from your breasts. Your surgeon adjusts and reshapes this skin so that it will achieve an elevated appearance similar to a nipple.
- Skin graft: This method is performed if you don’t have enough breast tissue. It makes use of skin from different areas of your body such as the thigh, belly, buttocks, or groin.
During your initial consultation, we will assess your general health to determine if the procedure can benefit you. This also allows us to create an individualized treatment plan that is specific to your needs. We highly recommend the procedure if:
- You are not undergoing radiation treatment.
- You don’t have a history of breast infections.
- You had an implant or flap breast reconstruction.
- You had surgical removal of your breasts as part of cancer treatment or prevention.
- You have an adequate amount of breast skin.
- You have nipple deformity.
- You have realistic expectations.
- You lost your nipples due to an accident or injury.
- You were born without nipples.
What to expect after nipple reconstruction
After your surgery, the operative site may appear sore. You can also experience mild bruising and pain in the area. To protect your new nipples, you will need to wear a nipple shield. If you received local anaesthesia, you will be able to go home within the day. If your surgeon used general anaesthesia, you will need to stay in the recovery room until your condition is stable. You will need to get as much rest as you can and avoid heavy lifting for 2 weeks. To prevent infection, you will need to change your wound dressing as prescribed by your surgeon.
For more details about nipple reconstruction surgery, please contact us and schedule an appointment with Dr Peter Laniewski.