Nipple Reconstruction Surgery in Cyprus, Greece and Malta
Nipple surgery aims to reduce the size of the nipple, correct nipples invaginated into the areola, or reshape the nipple and the areola complex to achieve more attractive and proportionate nipples.
For patients who have recovered from cancer and mastectomy, nipple reconstruction involves reconstructing a new nipple and areola complex as part of the breast reconstruction surgery.
What Is Nipple & Areola Reconstruction?
Nipple reconstruction is a plastic surgery performed to correct the shape, size and projection of the nipple-areola complex for cosmetic reasons, or create a new nipple for women who have had a mastectomy.
One of the most common reasons patients opt for nipple surgery is to change the look of inverted or retracted nipples. Nipple inversion is a common abnormality of the nipple. The entire nipple points inwards instead of outwards, and lies flat – except when stimulated.
Nipple inversion can cause problems with breastfeeding and further issues as women get older, apart from solely aesthetic concerns. However, they do not cause any discomfort to patients.
Women who had a mastectomy and removed one or both of their nipples can have surgery to recreate the nipple as well as the dark area around the nipple (areola). Having the nipples reconstructed (or tattooed) is an important final step of the breast reconstruction process for many women.
What Does Nipple Reconstruction Surgery Involve?
Step 1: AnesthesiaThe first procedural step is local anesthesia performed by a certified anesthesiologist – unless combined with other breast procedures.
Step 2: Skin IncisionsSkin incisions are hidden in the junction of the areola with the breast skin, and are not visible after healing.
Step 3: Closing the IncisionThe surgeon closes the incisions in layers to ensure minimal scarring.
What Are The Techniques for Nipple Reconstruction?
There are several methods to reconstruct your nipples. Dr. Stavrou will analyze them during your initial consultation, after assessing your breast’s condition, medical history, and aesthetic expectations.
- Skin Flap Reconstruction: The surgeon folds and stitches together small skin flaps from the reconstructed breast to create a mound that will form the new nipple. Extra skin, fat or synthetic fillers can offer nipples a more lifted look. The areola is created later by tattooing or by using skin from other body areas, such as loose skin on the lower belly.
- Nipple & Areola Reconstruction: Also known as “the Hammond flap,” the surgeon uses large skin flaps from the breast to recreate the nipple projection and the areola.
- Autologous Graft/Nipple Sharing: If only one of the breasts was removed during mastectomy, the surgeon can use part of the unaffected breast’s nipple and graft it into the new breast to form a new nipple. The only prerequisite is for the unaffected breast’s nipple to be big enough.
- Nipple Tattoo for Medical Reasons: Medical tattooing can help achieve a natural-looking nipple and areola complex on a reconstructed breast.
- Nipple Reduction Surgery: The surgeon reduces the projection of the nipple and the size of the areola in women who feel uncomfortable with their long areola and large nipples. The procedure includes removing just the top of the nipple and making small incisions to remove excess tissue.
Where Will Nipple Reshaping Take Place?
Dr. Stavrou performs nipple reconstruction in accredited medical centers in Cyprus (Nicosia and Limassol), Greece (Athens) and Malta (Sliema).
The procedure takes place in a safe and sterile operation room. The surgeon uses the most advanced medical equipment for all types of breast surgery, including nipple reduction surgery and reconstruction. The staff involved is thoroughly trained and specialized in cosmetic procedures. Dr. Stavrou wants to ensure a safe, well-controlled and comfortable surgical experience for all of his patients.
After the procedure, the patient is transferred to the recovery suite and is closely monitored by the medical staff.
The European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) offers exceptional health care and meets the high standards of safety and care set by European laws. EIPS clinics provide individualized health care in a beautiful, exclusive and luxurious environment.
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Recovery After Nipple Reconstruction
Recovery depends on the extent of the procedure. You can return to your everyday activities within 1-2 days.
Nipple reconstruction is an outpatient procedure, which means patients do not need to stay overnight in the hospital or clinic unless combined with another breast plastic surgery.
The plastic surgeon gives patients precise instructions for smooth and quick recovery.
Part of the post-operative plan is having an antibacterial nipple shield or other protective dressing taped over the new nipple. Patients should avoid using soaps with harsh chemicals that can irritate the nipples.
Right after the surgery and probably for the first days post-op, the nipples might look larger, red, swollen, or more pointed than expected. However, soon they will start to shrink and look well-projected and beautiful, just as expected.
Results are long-term, although changes in body weight, pregnancy, or aging may alter the nipples’ appearance.
FAQs for Nipple Reconstruction
Can you get surgery to make your nipples smaller?
Nipple reconstruction is ideal for all people who wish to have smaller nipples.Dr. Stavrou will examine your nipples and assess your condition, including your medical history and skin quality. Then, he will let you know if you can undergo a nipple reduction to improve or correct your nipples’ shape and size.
How long do nipples take to heal after nipple reduction?
The discomfort after the nipple reduction surgery is usually minimal. Most patients having nipple reduction recover within just a couple of weeks.
Can you breastfeed after nipple reduction or reconstruction?
One of the most common concerns of women thinking about undergoing nipple reduction or reconstruction is whether they will be able to breastfeed after the surgery.
An experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon will ensure the milk ducts and nerves in the breast area are preserved, so that women can successfully breastfeed after any type of breast plastic surgery, including nipple reduction.
If you have further concerns or questions about nipple reduction and breastfeeding, contact Dr Stavrou and his team at +357 9787 3787 or +357 700 88 002 (for Cyprus), +30 6971 881 572 (for Athens), or +356 793 176 41 (for Malta).
Do you lose feeling in your nipples after nipple reconstruction as part of breast reduction?
Sensation after nipple reduction or reconstruction during breast reduction or any other type of breast surgery gets back to normal in most cases.
Medical tourism in Cyprus & Greece for breast revision
Cyprus and Greece are popular destinations for medical tourism. People from all over Europe and Eastern countries choose to have plastic surgery in Nicosia, Limassol or Athens, where they can find experienced plastic surgeons and state-of-the-art medical equipment for all types of plastic surgeries.
If you have any questions and concerns about nipple reconstruction, reach out today to the accredited European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) and Dr. Stavrou at +357 9787 3787, +357 700 88 002 or +30 6971 881 572.