Nipple Sparing Reconstruction
Nipple/Areola Sparing Mastectomy
In a nipple-sparing mastectomy or areola-sparing mastectomy, the nipple and/or areola are preserved with the envelope of skin while the breast tissue under them is removed. A discussion with your breast surgeon will determine your eligibility for this procedure. Traditional reconstructive methods can be used at the time of nipple/areola sparing mastectomy.
Nipple areola reconstruction is usually one or two separate, minor procedures that can be done on an outpatient basis using local anesthesia. There are several methods available, including local tissue rearrangement, skin grafting, and/or tattooing. It is usually done after the reconstructed breast has had time to heal, about three to four months after the completion of breast reconstruction.