Breast reconstruction after breast cancer can be a long, multi-stage journey. However, technology for breast reconstruction has improved dramatically in the past decade, and results are better and more beautiful than ever.
The initial stages of breast reconstruction involve creating a breast mound (the soft round form on the chest that mimics the female breast). This can either be done with a breast implant or with your own tissue (usually fat from the belly).
The final stage of breast reconstruction is often the reconstruction of the nipple (or nipple areolar complex). This procedure is more minor and can be done while you are awake, using only local anesthesia. However, it is a very gratifying operation, as the breast looks much more realistic when a nipple has been created. A reconstructed nipple is generally very durable. However, some women note that their reconstructed nipple tends to sink down and become more flat after several years have passed. In these women, we perform a secondary or revision nipple reconstruction.
Once the nipple has been made, most women choose to undergo areolar tattooing by a qualified tattoo artist. This is a final finishing touch that gives the reconstructed breast a beautiful, natural appearance.
For more information about breast or nipple reconstruction after breast cancer, please set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Devgan by calling (212) 452-2400.