Reconstruction of the nipple and areola areaafter mastectomy
There are several areola reconstruction techniques:
- Total skin graft: ideal for a lasting and natural result
- Tattoo: it is the easiest technique but tattoos often tend to fade
There are also several techniques to reconstruct the nipple:
- Contralateral graft: this procedure does not leave a trace and does not impact areola sensitivity
- Local flaps: restores a central nipple relief
The reconstruction of the nipple and areola area is never compulsory and some women will be satisfied with only a volume reconstruction.
Nevertheless this simple reconstruction allows a better integration of the reconstructed breast in the patient’s personal psychological scenario.