I just got an email from Dr Elliott at Atlanta Plastic Surgery regarding the articles I sent him on cartilage banking. If you’ll read the banking article I wrote you’ll see that I expressed big concerns about nipple collapse.
I have read that in many cases, within 2 months reconstructed nipples flatten out. I’ve reported this on this blog before so of course I’ve told Dr. Elliott my concerns. He addressed them in this latest email.
According to him, he makes the nipples twice as large as normal in order to combat the shrinkage issue. He said that he had never had to use cartilage and he reassured me that this procedure will be much easier than before.
He also made a point of telling me that in 90% of the cases, the nipples he does will not flatten. Of course, being the skeptic I am, considering everything I have been through, I’ll be holding my breath and waiting for the other shoe to drop.
The good news is that I won’t have to undergo anything as invasive as harvesting rib cartilage. I’m just going to have to wait for the results after I’ve scheduled surgery. I’m just frustrated, sad and angry that I and my family have to go through all of this in the first place.