The final step in breast reconstruction is often recreating the nipple and the areola, which is the dark-pigmented area that surrounds the nipple. This can be achieved by nipple reconstruction procedures and nipple tattooing. At the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group’s Breast Reconstruction Surgery Center, we offer nipple tattooing on an outpatient basis, which is the final step in the nipple reconstruction process.
The plastic and reconstructive surgeons at LIPSG are experts at every aspect of breast reconstruction, having performed more than 10,000 procedures including all major breast reconstruction techniques. Our surgeons are specialty-trained in a range of breast reconstruction treatments, and many of the doctors here at LIPSG have been educated at some of the most respected medical institutions and cancer reconstruction centers in the world, including Memorial Sloan Kettering. During the initial consultation with one of our surgeons, they will work with each patient to determine the best breast reconstruction procedure, and cover all aspects of the procedure to provide all the necessary information. This will include discussing nipple tattooing and other options available, which allows our patients to attain complete restoration of the breasts with results that look natural.
Nipple tattooing involves the medical use of typical tattooing equipment, with the ultimate goal of creating a natural-looking nipple, which compliments skin color and tone. Our team here at LIPSG will mix a variety of pigments to match the color of the remaining nipple, or in the case of a bilateral reconstruction, to the patient’s pre-operative photos, as the color of the skin before the tattooing process depends on where the initial skin graft comes from. While nipple tattooing can create the appearance of a realistic nipple, patients should understand that tattooing alone will not create the same natural-looking appearance as a complete nipple reconstruction, and may require multiple treatment sessions to achieve the correct color as our surgeons and patients strive for the best possible reconstruction results. Regardless of whether our patients decide to include nipple tattooing or a complete nipple reconstruction in their breast reconstruction treatment plan, our surgeons at LIPSG will provide comprehensive educational information during the initial consultation to ensure the correct decision is made for each individual patient.
For more information on nipple tattooing from our Long Island and Manhattan, New York-area practice, please contact LIPSG.