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Nipple Reconstruction

Nipple reconstruction surgery is a medical procedure performed to recreate the appearance of a nipple and areola (the darker area surrounding the nipple) on the breast after a mastectomy or breast reconstruction surgery. This procedure is typically done for patients who have undergone a mastectomy due to breast cancer or other medical reasons and wish to restore a more natural breast appearance. Nipple reconstruction can help improve the overall cosmetic result. In many cases a medical tattooing is recommended as a complementary procedure, in order to achieve the ideal colour and also cover visible scars.

Approx. recovery time
1-4 weeks

Return to work

3-10 days

1

Consultation

Book a 1 hour consultation with Dr. Andreas Androulakakis.

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Procedure

On the day the procedure takes approx. 1 hour.

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Aftercare

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About

Nipple reconstruction is normally the final stage of the complete breast reconstruction following mastectomy. Surgery and/or medical tattooing is offered to achieve the ideal aesthetic result.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Nipple reconstruction can be performed as a separate procedure after the initial breast reconstruction surgery or during the same operation, depending on the patient's preferences and surgical plan. Some patients may choose to wait until after their initial breast reconstruction has healed before having nipple reconstruction.

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There are several techniques that our Plastic Surgeons can use to reconstruct the nipple and areola. These techniques include: a. Local Flaps: This method involves using nearby tissue to create a protruding nipple. The surgeon may take tissue from the breast mound or the area surrounding the reconstructed breast to build the nipple. b. Skin Grafts: In some cases, a skin graft from another part of the body, such as the inner thigh, may be used to create the areola. c. Tattooing: After the nipple is reconstructed, medical tattooing (also known as nipple-areola tattooing) is often performed to add color and shading to the areola, creating a more natural appearance.

Dr. Andreas Androulakakis and DR. THEODORE NADIDIS

M.D Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Cosmetic and Reconstructive

Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon MBBS, BSc (Hons), MPhil (Cantab), FRCS (Plast)

Dr. Andreas Androulakakis stands at the helm of Galen. His founding vision for a centre of holistic health is rooted in the belief that wellbeing comes from full enjoyment of the human experience as much as it benefits from medical science.

Theodore works as a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the renowned Royal Marsden Hospital in London. He graduated with distinction from University College London Medical School in 2003 and completed his higher plastic surgery training in London, with specialist fellowships at the Royal Marsden and Queen Victoria Hospitals.