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How Do I Get My Nipples Back After Breast Cancer?

Author: Sherry May, Licensed Aesthetician

Many women who are diagnosed with breast cancer feel like they are losing part of their femininity when they lose their breasts. Some mastectomies can be performed without removing the nipples, but in many cases, the nipple must also be removed. After a mastectomy, women can choose to undergo breast reconstruction to restore what had to be removed.

When the reconstruction process has been completed, and the breasts healed, women can elect to have areola and nipple tattooing to complete the restoration process. Patients often choose to pursue areola and nipple tattooing to help their breasts look more natural.

This process starts with an in-office consultation to speak with me about the color and size of your areola and nipple. We use a semi-permanent ink, so it will fade over time, but chlorine pools and hot tubs can make the ink fade faster.

The question I get asked the most is, “Will it hurt?”. Some patients are still numb or have loss of feeling in that area from their surgeries, but if pain is a concern, we can apply a topical numbing cream for one hour prior to your appointment. The treatment can take about 1 ½ hours, and we try to make you as comfortable as possible. We have relaxing spa music, and warm and cozy blankets for maximum comfort.

I count it as a privilege and an honor to be able to help women through this difficult time by helping them feel more comfortable with their bodies. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please call and I’d be happy to speak with you.