Nipple Reconstruction

NIPPLE RECONSTRUCTION BATON ROUGE, LA

BREAST CANCER NIPPLE RECONSTRUCTION

Nipple Reconstruction is an optional post-mastectomy procedure that involves the creation of a protrusion of skin on the patient’s breast to mimic an actual anatomical nipple structure. This nipple protrusion is made possible by surgically taking a portion of the skin from the reconstructed breast, usually incised in a “bow-tie” design, and suturing it to mimic a natural-looking nipple. The skin tissue used to create the new nipple is usually taken from the autologous flap used for the initial breast reconstruction, whether from a DIEP, PAP, GAP, or any of the many other reconstructive options Dr. Theunissen performs. In some cases, there are also other donor site options available for nipple rejuvenation through a process of skin grafting. As one of the top labial plastic surgeons in Louisiana, Dr. Theunissen offers the option to take the skin from the labia to remodel the nipple, depending on the patient’s candidacy. The labia donor site can give the nipple a more natural anatomical pigmentation with the added benefit of labiaplasty.