What is Nipple Reconstruction?

What is Nipple Reconstruction?

While breast augmentation and breast reductions may be more top of mind when you think of plastic surgery in Fort Lauderdale, nipple reconstruction surgery is another form of cosmetic surgery used for both males and females. Nipple reconstruction can be done for many reasons including both cosmetic and health-related motives.

Nipple Reconstruction After A Mastectomy

According to the American Cancer Society, “About 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women” in 20181. One common procedure for treating or preventing breast cancer in women is with a mastectomy. During a mastectomy, the breast and often the nipple and areola are removed. If the nipples are not spared during the operation, nipple reconstruction can be done later to give the breast(s) a more natural look and is considered a part of the breast reconstruction process.

Nipple Reconstruction for Cosmetic Purposes

While there are severe medical reasons that can warrant nipple reconstruction surgery, here in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Zoran works with both men and women who want nipple reconstruction more simply for appearance’s sake. It is amazing how one small change (or two) can give someone so much more confidence.

One reason a woman may seek out nipple reconstruction surgery is if they suffer from inverted nipples. Inverted nipples look exactly how they sound and appear almost like an “innie” bellybutton. Women can be born with inverted nipples or they can also occur after another breast surgery or even problems with the milk ducts. While most cases of inverted nipples are harmless to a woman’s health and will not affect their breastfeeding ability, they can make the woman feel self-conscious and unhappy about her appearance. In order to fix this problem, the woman will undergo nipple reconstruction surgery.

Other women may request nipple reconstruction surgery for a nipple or areola that they deem to be too enlarged, misshaped, or in an undesirable position. Enlarged nipples can sometimes occur after nipple piercings. We will sit and talk with you about exactly what changes you think should be made and what would be best for your body.

It is important to note the nipple reconstruction surgery is not for women alone. Along with performing surgery to correct gynecomastia in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Zoran Potparic can also perform nipple reconstruction surgery for men.  He understands the shape, size, and placement of the nipples differ depending on the sex of the patients and therefore, the surgeries will be slightly different as well.

As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Zoran Potparic has completed breast lifts in Fort Lauderdale, nipple reconstruction, breast reductions, and procedures to treat gynecomastia in Fort Lauderdale. If you are unhappy with your chest area, set up your consultation today so that we can help you gain the confidence you have always wanted.

 

Sources:

[1]: The American Cancer Society- How Common is Breast Cancer?