Unsuccessful nipple reconstruction?

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Question from Susan: I had nipple reconstruction done with the skin on my inner thigh. I have a pronounced areola, and it wasn't very successful. I had it done the second time with skin from the other leg and cartilage from my ear. Again, it wasn't successful. What can I do?
Answers - Carolyn Chang Nipple/areola reconstruction can be done two ways. One is using a graft from a separate location to either reconstruct the areola or the nipple and the areola. It would depend upon what it is that was not successful about your nipple as to what the options are. However, you can always talk to your surgeon about the possibility of using your own native skin to create the nipple and doing tattooing for the areola color. Or you might perhaps graft part of the normal nipple onto the reconstructed breast, if you still have the other breast.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Reconstruction and Safe, Sexy Cosmetics featured Carolyn C. Chang, M.D., Anna-Dee Rinehart, S.C.S., and moderator Lillie Shockney, R.N., B.S., M.A.S. answering your questions about reconstructive surgery and safe, sexy cosmetics.

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