Nipple Reconstruction: 8 Things to ExpectThe Breast Cancer Site
Nipple reconstruction is a surgical procedure that involves recreating a woman’s nipple using her skin. Although a reconstructed nipple doesn’t have sensitivity or functionality, it can be made in the same size and location as the original to match aesthetically. If you are considering nipple reconstruction surgery, here are eight things that you can expect before, during, and after the procedure.
8. You Have Time To Decide
Some women opt for nipple reconstruction after their mastectomy and some do not: the choice is personal and entirely yours to make. The surgery cannot be performed until your breasts have healed for a minimum of three to four months, so you don’t have to rush your decision. Some women choose to wait longer. Prosthetics can be worn prior to surgery or can be used instead of an operation to create the appearance of nipples.
7. Preparation the Night Before
Nipple reconstruction is typically outpatient surgery, meaning patients generally don’t have to stay overnight, but still requires preparation beforehand. Your doctor may ask that you refrain from eating or drinking the evening prior to the procedure, and you should arrange to have someone pick you up afterwards, since you won’t be able to drive yourself.
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