Nipple Reconstruction

Nipple reconstruction surgery is more specific than areola reconstruction, though the two often happen together. This particular detail goes a long way toward creating a realistic look and feel for your reconstructed breasts. At Harris Plastic Surgery, we offer nipple reconstruction and full breast reconstruction surgeries to help you close your chapter on breast cancer. 

Are Nipple Reconstruction and Areola Reconstruction the Same? 

While nipple and areola reconstruction are closely connected, they’re not technically the same. True nipple reconstruction, where the skin at the center of the areola is raised, is only possible through a surgical procedure. 3D cosmetic tattooing can only create the appearance of a raised nipple, but not the genuine projection. 

Surgical Nipple Reconstruction

3-D Cosmetic Tattooing

Nipple reconstruction surgery is done by a procedure where a flap of skin in the area is used and twisted into a cylindrical projection, mimicking the appearance of a natural nipple. Nipple-areola tattooing can be done once the area is healed.This technique involves applying pigments to create the illusion of a three-dimensional, lifelike nipple and areola on the breast. By using shading and color blending, trained tattoo artists can mimic the subtle contours and colors of a natural nipple.
  • Natural look and feel
  • Long-lasting results
  • Customization
  • Surgical complexity
  • Scarring
  • Risk of complications
  • Some loss of nipple projection
  • Noninvasive procedure
  • Quick 
  • Less risk of surgical complications
  • Temporary results
  • No texture
  • Not suitable for all cases

If you choose to go the surgical path for nipple reconstruction, you’ll want to work with a skilled plastic surgeon who can handle such a delicate and detailed procedure. That’s where Harris Plastic Surgery Can help. 

Attention to Detail at Harris Plastic Surgery

Mastectomy and breast reconstruction is a deeply personal journey. We believe that every aspect of this journey, including nipple reconstruction, deserves meticulous attention and care. With our team, you get; 

  • Unparalleled expertise. With decades of experience and thousands of successful breast surgeries behind him, Dr. Harris is a true expert in the field. His mastery extends beyond the surgical techniques; a deep understanding of the emotional and psychological aspects of breast reconstruction truly sets him apart. He knows that a successful nipple reconstruction goes beyond aesthetics; it helps patients regain confidence and feel whole again.
  • Total patient care. We take a comprehensive approach to patient care because breast reconstruction can be physically, emotionally, and financially challenging. That’s why we’re here to help you through every step, from finding a breast surgeon for your mastectomy to guiding your reconstruction choices and navigating insurance coverage.
  • Personalized surgical plans. Dr. Harris doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Your journey begins with a detailed assessment to customize a specific surgical plan tailored to you. We understand your needs and goals are unique, and we’re committed to helping you achieve the results you envision.
  • Financial guidance: We also understand the financial concerns that can accompany complex surgical procedures. Our expert patient coordinator, Joanne Parrinello, will be by your side to navigate the financial side of your journey. Joanne works tirelessly with your insurance provider to minimize out-of-pocket expenses so you can focus on your recovery without added financial stress.

If you’re interested in nipple reconstructive surgery, Harris Plastic Surgery can help. We provide a thorough approach to achieve natural outcomes, along with comprehensive patient support and guidance. 

Are you interested in nipple reconstruction surgery at Harris Plastic Surgery? Contact us for a consultation.