- Question from BrookesN: Besides using Gore-Tex or AlloDerm, is there a new product to use in the reconstructed nipple to not make it TOO firm, nor go flat?
- Answers - Marisa Weiss After mastectomy, the first step in reconstruction is aimed at recreating the breast mound. After that project has been finished, many women choose to have nipple reconstruction. There are various ways of accomplishing this. You can do the simplest solution, which is to have only a tattoo done. There is a fabulous 3D tattoo artist that I would highly recommend. You can check him out at www.vinniemyers.com. He is located in the Baltimore area and has an excellent reputation. If you want to have a nipple with some projection, then some surgical intervention is usually required. Some plastic surgeons rearrange the skin of the mound using an origami technique. Other surgeons may borrow skin from another area -- usually in or around the crotch area -- and use that to build a nipple and areola. It is not always easy to create a projection that is equal on both side and stays up. That is, many women say their nipples flatten out. This can also happen unevenly. Getting the perfect set of nipples is a challenge. You are most likely to get the best result from someone who is an expert in this field. There are some products that are under investigation that can be inserted under the skin to create a little bump, but they're not ready for prime time.
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