. For the most, part during a mastectomy for breast cancer the nipples are removed. There are some exceptions to this but for the most part this tends to be true. The nipples, however, can be reconstructed. There is a procedure known as a ‘geometric flap reconstruction’ and can be done under local anesthesia. This procedure allows the creation of a projecting nipple that looks about the size of a large pencil eraser. The construction of tissue only corrects the shape and does not correct the color of the nipple. Which is normally darker pigmented in the normal surrounding skin of the breast. After the reconstruction we then send you for nipple tattooing by a tattooing artist. The artists then create the color and contour in 3 dimensions by forming the shadowing and pigmentation that naturally gives a nice appearance, and central focus to the appearance of the breast. Dr. Jacobsen does not personally do the tattooing aspect, but frequently performs flap reconstructions for reconstruction of the nipple areolar complex of the breast. Normally the breast must be completely reconstructed and healed before the nipple can be applied. During the consultation Dr. Jacobsen will speak to you more in depth about the reconstruction and make sure that you will be happy with the position and placement and outcome of the breast size.
Once the breasts are acceptably placed positioned and sized for the patient then, and only then, can ultimately the nipple to be positioned properly. After everything has settled down from the reconstruction and the patient is healed, the nipple areolar complexes can comfortably be made in the office under local anesthesia. Followed by nipple tattooing and pigmentation of the patient so desires.
Dr J and his staff look forward to understanding the details of your unique case, desires and aspirations, and to providing you with realistic, safe and attainable results that leave you looking beautiful, and truly feeling like yourself. Take the first step toward your healing or rejuvenating procedure with Dr J by filling out our contact form to request a consultation, or to inquire about any of the services we offer. We look forward to treating you!
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Dr J and his staff are committed to providing you with exceptional and compassionate care. On behalf of our entire team, we invite you to request a consultation to talk to Dr J about your goals, expectations and aspirations. We can’t wait to find out how our 20-plus years of experience in cosmetic and functional plastic surgery can help change your life, and make you a happier, healthier person.
Dr. William Jacobsen
2400 East Arizona
Biltmore Circle, Ste 2450
Phoenix, AZ 85016
Our Procedures & Treatments
Dr J considers every surgery an opportunity to express his vision with his patients, and believes in natural, beautiful results that leave you feeling confident and beautiful, but most importantly, feeling like yourself. From extremely rare and complex surgical cases, to cosmetic surgery, Dr J has the experience, compassion and understanding to help you achieve your surgical goals.