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Nipple Reconstruction Techniques

04 May

Yesterday I talked about the surgical date and everything involved in being awake for the procedure. Today I’m going to discuss the actual type of nipple reconstruction Dr. Elliott will be performing on me.

Over the years he has developed a technique that seems to work very well and have a high success rate. What he uses is a modified star flap reconstruction. Scroll down to file number seven in the linked document to get a basic idea. Dr. Elliott noticed that with the actual star flap reconstruction, the tips of the star tended to die. What he does instead is curve the ends so instead of points, the flaps look more like the ends of long ovals.

The longer a flap is, the more projection the nipple will have. The wider the flap is, the more circumference the nipple will have.

Dr. Elliott also uses a small pearl of fat from the breast mound to help prop up the flaps of surface tissue (aka skin).

Now, as for why there is nipple shrinkage: Any time an incision is made, scar tissue forms. Scar tissue contracts tightly to bond the incised tissues together. Thus, you get shrinkage when you have any sort of local flap nipple reconstruction.

Please contact me with any questions. This is probably one of the more technical posts I’ve written. Later I may draw a diagram to illustrate the longer versus wider flaps if there is any confusion.

 
1 Comment

Posted by on May 4, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

One response to “Nipple Reconstruction Techniques

  1. seolace

    May 6, 2010 at 5:56 am

    Nice post, thanks for writing!

     

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