By Constance M. Chen, M.D., October 12, 2018
Modern techniques in mastectomy and breast reconstruction offer women many options.
Breast reconstruction recreates a breast mound either with implants or with the woman’s own tissue. In either case, nipple reconstruction can be performed in a separate surgery from the original breast reconstruction. Many women are candidates for nipple-sparing mastectomy, in which the nipple is preserved during the mastectomy. For women whose nipple has been removed, as in a more traditional type of mastectomy, it is still possible to surgically reconstruct the nipple to recreate a complete breast. Nipple reconstruction can be done for one or both breasts.
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