What tissue is used for nipple reconstruction?

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Question from RuthM: For nipple reconstruction, from which body parts other than the inner thigh can tissue be taken?
Answers - Joseph Serletti We try to keep nipple reconstruction as straightforward as possible. Virtually all of our nipple reconstructions are done in the office under local anesthesia. Basically, patients drive themselves to the office and drive themselves home or back to work. The way that we do nipple reconstruction is a two-step office process. The first step is to make the nipple projection from the skin that's on the breast reconstruction. We let that heal and six to eight weeks later, one of our nurses than tattoos the coloring for the areola.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Reconstruction Updates featured Joseph Serletti, M.D. and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answering your questions about breast reconstruction.

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