Areola and nipple reconstructions are usually the final phase of breast reconstruction. This is a separate procedure done to make the reconstructed breast look more like the original breast. It can be done as an outpatient procedure. It’s usually done about 3 to 4 months after surgery after the new breast has had time to heal.
Ideally, nipple and areola reconstruction tries to match the position, size, shape, texture, color, and projection of the new nipple to the natural one.
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- Do not consume alcoholic beverages the day before procedure.
- No caffeine on the day of procedure (coffee, tea, soda, chocolate, etc.).
- Do not take any non-vital medications that may thin blood before procedure (Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Aspirin) including certain vitamins and supplements up to two weeks before procedure.
- Do not take any antibiotics or steroids up to two weeks prior to procedure.
- Shower normally the morning of your procedure, but do not use any scented skin creams, moisturizers deodorant, hair spray, perfume, or cosmetics.
It can take 3 months to a year (or possibly more) for surgery scars to be healed enough to tattoo over. The breast may heal but if the scars aren't mature enough, procedure will have to wait and be determined through consultation. Everyone heals differently and external things like radiation therapy, chemotherapy, etc can cause it to take longer.