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Nipple Reconstruction A plastic surgery procedure to recreate the nipple complex on the breast. This is generally done by free grafting skin from another area of the patient's body onto the nipple area of the breast. In order to match the color of the nipple on one or both of the nipples tattooing may be used. This procedure is usually done in the final stages of breast reconstruction.
Nipple Areolar Reconstruction
- Reconstructive surgery techniques for the nipple and areola
complex vary based on the desires and physical needs of each
individual patient. Nipple- areola reconstruction is typically
done on an outpatient basis and is performed in a hospital
or accredited surgery center.
Because each patient's needs and physical
factors are different, Dr.
Fred Corbin must evaluate the patient's thoroughly before
determining the best plastic surgery technique. Some of the
basic physical factors he considers in nipple
reconstruction are the shape, size, nipple texture, nipple
projection and where the reconstructed nipple will be placed
on the reconstructed breast
Unilateral Nipple Reconstruction
If the nipple reconstruction is Unilateral then Dr. Corbin has the difficult task of matching the reconstructed nipple to the natural nipple.He has to evaluate the color, skin texture, size, shape and the location on the breast mound where the reconstructed nipple and areolar will best match the other side. With a normal breast on one side, reconstructing the nipple on the other side to match and sharing a portion of the normal nipple on the other breast may work well because the color and texture will be the same. This (nipple sharing) reconstructive technique is best when the patient has a larger nipple and areolar complex.
Skin Graft Sites
Reconstructive surgery options the plastic surgeon must consider are the location of the donor site used to take the skin from that is needed to create the nipples and or areolar complex. To reconstruct the nipple or nipples, Dr. Corbin can use a local tissue flap or a graft using skin taken from another location (donor site) on the patient's body that best matches their nipple texture and or color. Some of the most commonly used donor sites are, medial inner thigh, groin area or behind the ears. The medial thighs and groin tend to have darker skin and for a lighter shape of pink the skin from behind the ear is often used by Dr. Corbin.
Bilateral Nipple Reconstruction
According to Dr. Corbin, "If a patient
nipple reconstruction, using local tissue flaps on both
sides is a good surgery option since both nipples will look
Nipple and areolar
tattooing is a commonly used by Dr.
Corbin to simply color match the nipple or nipples and
areolar complex. It is performed easily, often under local
anesthesia depending on the patients comfort level and has
little to no down time for the reconstructive patient.. Nipple
tattooing provides the patient and plastic
surgeon with a minimally invasive option to color the
nipples and areolar. In the past, some of the tattoo color
faded with time, but with newer equipment and inks the tattooed
nipples can maintain their color over time.
Breast Reconstruction - Nipple Reconstruction
For a specialist in breast reconstruction in the California area, look to board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Frederick Corbin.
Dr. Corbin has been performing breast augmentation surgery, breast lift surgery, breast reduction surgery, breast enhancement surgery, breast reconstruction surgery and breast revision surgery in the Los Angeles area for over 20 years. Recognized as an expert in plastic surgery, Dr. Frederic Corbin is a board certified plastic surgeon with the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons.
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Dr. Corbin practices the following breast reconstruction procedures:
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For more information about breast reconstruction or other cosmetic procedures, contact Dr. Corbin or his staff at either of his Los Angeles area offices:
Beverly Hills Office
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