Is Nipple Reconstruction Painful? How is the operation performed?
I have finished a majority of my mastectomy and have a nipple reconstruction coming up. Does it hurt? I am hoping that I am past the hard parts and this should be a breeze but my nerves are still getting to me. Can anyone share some expertise or experience that might calm me down?
Congrats on coming this far in your journey as a survivor! Nipple reconstruction is easily the least painful of the procedures - often we do it under local and sometimes the skin is already numb from prior surgery. There is almost no postop pain and healing happens fairly rapidly in the first 3 weeks.
Fun fact: when I practiced in Florida I was known for doing the "best nipples in town" with my C-V flap reconstruction technique. Very good projection, positioning and appearance. When combined with an expert medical aesthetician doing tattooing, we can create very convincing reconstructed nipples.
Best of luck!
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