Tuesday, January 17, 2006

TMI ALERT!

Do not read the following if you are at all squeamish...it's taken from a site talking about breast reconstruction.
I know I'm getting a little bit ahead of myself but I was curious...

Nipple and areola (the dark circle around the nipple) reconstruction is completely optional. Some women want only the shape of the breast to fill a bra, and decide they don¹t need a nipple. Another option is to apply removable nipples that stick on with adhesive [AS IF!]. These rubbery tips are shaped like a semi-erect nipple and the color and texture are quite lifelike.

How is Nipple Reconstruction Done?

If you choose to surgically reconstruct the nipple, there are several options. One common option is to use the skin of your reconstructed breast. The surgeon can take a small flap of skin from the breast, and "cone" it into a new nipple. Because the nerves aren¹t connected in the reconstructed breast, most women do not feel much pain with this surgery.

Options to reconstruct the areola involve taking skin from a different part of the body and sewing it to the new nipple on the reconstructed breast. The surgeon can take an oval of skin from the outer edge of your mastectomy scar or from the edge of the TRAM donor scar on your abdomen (if you have this kind of breast reconstruction). The advantage of using this skin is that you won¹t have any new scars. The surgeon can also take skin from the inside of your thigh or from just below your hip bone. You may be sore for up to two weeks at the place from which the skin was taken. However, most women have very little discomfort at the site of the reconstructed nipple. Another option is to reconstruct the nipple as described above and have the skin around it tattooed to a darker color to make an areola.

In all procedures, you will not have much or any feeling in the new nipple when it is touched [SO REMIND ME AGAIN WHY I WOULD BOTHER DOING ANY OF THIS?]. These surgeries can be done on an outpatient basis in under two hours, with local or general anesthesia. Most doctors will ask you to wait a week after the surgery before driving or working.

After you have healed, you can have the new nipple and areola tattooed to match the color of your other nipple. Often it takes two or three sessions to color the whole area evenly. Tattooing takes about an hour and can be done in the doctor¹s office. You can usually go back to work the same day. Most women can hardly feel the tattooing being done. However, your doctor may use a local anesthetic just in case.

5 Comments:

Blogger michael said...

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9:16 AM  
Blogger michelle said...

You forgot another option. Transfering tissue from the labia. I know it's disgusting to think of taking from one's crotch to apply toward nipples (especially since the skin grows pubies just as it normally would) but apparently it gives the very best results. I won't be letting my plastic surgeon do any of that. He's friggin' gorgeous!!!

2:18 PM  
Blogger sv said...

WHOA! jesus christ!
ok, a bunch of my friends (guys, of course, who can not hear the word panty or labia without cringing) are probably gouging their eyeballs out after that one.
the number of surgeries in the name of perfect placebo boobs is staggering. if i get the BRCA tests and it's+, i'd probably yank my ovaries at the same time as a tummy tuck. and really, there would be no love lost between me and my elephant skin belly. even when i was super skinny, it hung down a few inches lower than the rest of me when i bent over. got some choice looks on the beach italy - by the brown, chain-smoking bikini babes.
but that does remind me---
a few doors down from the MSK breast center is a bldg that says CENTER FOR VAGINAL SURGERY.
YIKES

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, how about a tromp l'oeil nipple tattoo? Just using my head.
>JH

1:17 PM  
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