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3 Options for Nipple Reconstruction

Although reconstructive breast surgery has become a more well-accepted topic of conversation, nipple reconstruction remains rarely discussed. As the central feature of the breast as well as the finishing touch on any breast reconstruction, the appearance of the nipple and areola should never be treated like an afterthought. Here are three options to consider for nipple reconstruction after breast cancer.

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1. Physical Nipple Reconstruction

Nipples can be formed from skin and tissue grafts during a relatively simple outpatient procedure that’s scheduled to take place after after the initial reconstruction. In some cases, I may also include an injectable dermal filler to further refine the nipple contours. After the nipple graft has fully healed, a second appointment is required for tattooing the nipple and areola to the proper tone.

2. 3D Nipple Tattoos

Breast reconstruction surgeons offer basic tattooing to create tonal differences that provide the final step after physical nipple reconstruction, but there are professional tattoo artists who specialize in creating incredibly detailed 3D nipple tattoos that don’t require a physical foundation to look realistic. In some cases, health insurance may cover the cost of a post-mastectomy tattoo from a third-party professional as part of reconstruction surgery.

Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy

For many women, the most ideal solution is to preserve the natural nipple in the first place through a nipple-sparing mastectomy whenever possible. Although not every woman is a candidate for this approach, those who are can see very nice results from their overall breast reconstruction when the existing nipple remains unaffected by cancer treatments.

Dr. Nirav Savalia


Dr. Savalia is known for the most innovative, advanced breast reconstruction techniques. He is a board certified plastic surgeon and artist who creates the most natural, elegant, personalized aesthetic results. He is as renown for his care and compassion as he is for extraordinary outcomes. This is why he was named one of Orange County’s Physicians of Excellence by his peers.

A Team Approach for the Best Breast Care Possible

Dr. Savalia’s Breast Health Center team includes the finest oncologists, radiation specialists, geneticists, and nurse navigators. Being cared for by an established team is a great advantage for patients.

"I prefer a light-handed approach that leaves my patients looking visibly rejuvenated, not surgically enhanced."

What Dr. Savalia's Patients Are Saying


Dr. Savalia is a very gifted surgeon and has true artistic ability. I would HIGHLY recommend Dr. Savalia for any type of plastic surgery. He truly exceeded my expectations. I feel very fortunate to have worked with him and his team and if I ever have any need for a plastic surgeon in the future he will be my first choice.

- RIMA, AGE 55

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