If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, there are a number of surgical options for removing the cancer and getting a result that works for you.
Many women choose the option of mastectomy with breast reconstruction. Some women are able to keep their nipples with nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM). For women who aren’t candidates for NSM, breast reconstruction surgery followed by nipple reconstruction and/or tattooing is an option.
In this video series, you can watch surgeons from the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery in New Orleans explain nipple-sparing mastectomy and nipple reconstruction, and tattoo artist Vinnie Myers talks about the 3D nipple tattooing technique. You’ll also meet three women — Mimi, Deidra, and Peggy — who share their stories about diagnosis, mastectomy, and breast reconstruction.
Karl Ordoyne, M.D., FACS, Frank DellaCroce, M.D., FACS, and Scott Sullivan, M.D., FACS of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery explain mastectomy that allows a woman to keep her nipples and how surgeons decide who is a candidate. You’ll also meet Mimi, who talks about how nipple-sparing mastectomy helped restore her body’s original appearance after surgery.
Nipple Reconstruction and 3D Nipple Tattooing
Frank DellaCroce, M.D., FACS and Scott Sullivan, M.D., FACS of the Center for Restorative Breast Surgery and 3D nipple tattoo artist Vinnie Myers explain the procedures that complete the mastectomy and breast reconstruction process: nipple reconstruction and 3D tattooing. Peggy tells the story of how both procedures transformed negative feelings about a past reconstruction into an improved body image.
Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction: Mimi’s Story
After watching her mom go through breast cancer three times, Mimi was diagnosed at age 45. In this video, Mimi describes how she faced her fear and made the decision to undergo nipple-sparing double mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction. She also shares how the diagnosis inspired her to reprioritize her life.
Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction: Deidra’s Story
Deidra, 57, had already been treated for melanoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma by the time she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In this video, Deidra talks about her decision to have a double mastectomy with DIEP flap reconstruction as soon as possible to reduce the risk of the cancer returning — and to make it to her son’s wedding.
Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction: Peggy’s Story
Peggy, 54, talks about the shock of being diagnosed with breast cancer and her struggle to accept her new body after a double mastectomy with implant reconstruction. When one of her implants ruptured, she underwent a surgical revision — this time with DIEP flaps, nipple reconstruction, and 3D nipple tattooing. She explains how the revision dramatically improved her body confidence.
Learn more about the information presented in this video series:
- Breast Reconstruction: Read about the different techniques for breast reconstruction and what to expect.
- Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy: Here you can read about the type of mastectomy Mimi had, what’s involved, and who is a candidate.
- Nipple Reconstruction: Deidra and Peggy underwent nipple reconstruction surgery. In this section you can learn how surgeons create nipples using one’s own tissue.
- 3D Nipple Tattoos: Read about how pigment can be applied to create the look of a three-dimensional nipple, and learn more about Vinnie Myers, 3D nipple tattoo artist.