What is Nipple Reconstruction?

img-faq-photoBeverly Hills nipple reconstruction surgery and areola (the dark circle around the nipple) reconstruction can be combined with the best breast augmentation surgery. Some women want only the shape of the breast to fill a bra, and decide they don’t need a nipple. Another option is to apply removable nipples that stick on with adhesive. These rubbery tips are shaped like a semi-erect nipple and the color and texture are quite lifelike. There are many different ways to go about nipple reconstruction, and during your initial consultation with Beverly Hills breast surgeon Dr. Firouz you’ll have a better understanding about which is best for your goals.

Dr. Firouz: Nipple Reconstruction Surgeon in Beverly Hills

Dr. Jimmy Firouz is a double board certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills and has an extensive knowledge in nipple reconstruction surgery. After meeting with his clients, Dr. Firouz will decide upon the best course of action for reconstruction, allowing the patient to feel at ease in knowing exactly what will be done during surgery. Because there are so many different options, Dr. Firouz likes to approach each patient as uniquely as possible. Dr. Firouz knows that every patient has a different end in mind, and he caters to the individual body images of everyone.

Beverly Hills Nipple Reconstruction Procedure

If you choose to surgically reconstruct the nipple, there are several options. One common option is to use the skin of your reconstructed breast. The surgeon can take a small flap of skin from the breast, and “cone” it into a new nipple. Because the nerves aren’t connected in the reconstructed breast, most women do not feel much pain with this surgery.

Options to reconstruct the areola involve taking skin from a different part of the body and sewing it to the new nipple on the reconstructed breast. Alternatively, Dr. Firouz can take skin from the inside of your thigh or from just below your hip bone. You may be sore for up to two weeks at the place from which the skin was taken. However, most women have very little discomfort at the site of the reconstructed nipple. Another option is to reconstruct the nipple as described above and have the skin around it tattooed to a darker color to make an areola.

In all procedures, you will not have much or any feeling in the new nipple when it is touched. These surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis in under two hours, with local or general anesthesia. Most doctors will ask you to wait a week after the surgery before driving or working.

After you have healed, you can have the new nipple and areola tattooed to match the color of your other nipple. Often it takes two or three sessions to color the whole area evenly. Tattooing takes about an hour and can be done in the doctor’s office. You can usually go back to work the same day. Most women can hardly feel the tattooing being done. However, your doctor may use a local anesthetic just in case.

When Can I Have Nipple Reconstruction Surgery?

Most plastic surgeons do not schedule nipple reconstruction until at least three months after breast reconstruction. You want to allow time for the swelling from the surgery to go down and for the breast to “settle.” This allows the surgeon to place the nipple so that it matches the position of the nipple on the other breast. In some circumstances, the plastic surgeon can perform nipple reconstruction at the same time as reconstruction of the breast itself. You may want to discuss this option with your provider.

Advantages of Nipple Reconstruction Surgery:

  • Your reconstructed breast will match your natural breast more closely.
  • You can go bra-less and have the shape of the nipple on both sides.

Disadvantages of Nipple Reconstruction Surgery:

  • It is usually an additional surgery and requires another recovery period.
  • If the skin is taken from a place where there is no scar, you’ll have a new scar at the donor site.

To learn more about Beverly Hills nipple reconstruction surgery, call 310-274-4321 to schedule your consultation with board certified plastic surgery Dr. Firouz.

Nipple Reconstruction Surgery with Dr. Firouz

If you’re considering Beverly Hills nipple reconstruction and would like more information about the procedure or to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Firouz, please contact us today. Dr. Firouz is a board certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills who specializes in nipple reconstruction surgery as well as other cosmetic procedures of the face, skin, body, and breasts.

Call us to schedule your consultation with Dr. Firouz today – 310.274.4321!

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Beverly Hills Nipple Reconstruction FAQ

Dr. Firouz, double board certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, knows that patients often have a great deal of questions and concerns regarding breast augmentation and nipple reconstruction surgery. If you’re wondering about any of the following questions, it’s a great idea to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Firouz to better understand what exactly you’ll be going through if you choose to continue with Beverly Hills nipple reconstruction.

A: Dr. Firouz is truly a perfectionist in his field, and he will be able to sit down with you during an initial consultation to discuss options that will best suit your goals of reconstructive surgery. Dr. Firouz has an excellent track record with his patients and producing the quality services that they desire.

A: Because nipple reconstruction surgery is optional, this is completely dependent on your preferences. There are many different options that Dr. Firouz can explain to you during your initial consultation, including which procedures may work best with your breast reconstruction surgery.

A: Dr. Firouz prefers to wait until your body has healed from breast reconstruction surgery. Dr. Firouz always suggests waiting to perform nipple reconstruction surgery so that your breasts have a chance to heal. This will allow for your reconstructed nipples to more closely match your breasts due to the lack of swelling and bruising.

A: Nipple reconstruction surgery is considered a permanent surgery. It’s possible to have your nipples reshaped at a later point if you feel they have flattened or something else has changed about them.

A: It’s always best to enlist the services of a board certified plastic surgeon, like Dr. Firouz, to perform nipple reconstruction surgery and breast reconstruction surgery. Dr. Firouz the necessary experience needed to provide their patients with the results that they’ve been looking for. Dr. Firouz approaches each patient as a unique individual, offering them a chance to express their concerns and hopes for nipple reconstruction.