Patients that have their breast reconstructed are usually absent nipples. 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 the nipples are removed. The nipples can be reconstructed. There is a geometric flap reconstruction that can be done under local anesthesia and allows one to create a projecting nipple that looks about the size of a large pencil eraser. This however is not the normal color of a nipple which is normally darker pigmented in the normal surrounding skin of the breast. After the nipple is formed then we send you for nipple tattooing to a tattooing artist. They can create the color and contour in 3 dimensions with this very sophisticated tattooing and shadowing they gives a nice appearance and a central focus point to the appearance of the breast. Dr. Jacobsen does not do the tattooing but does the flap reconstructions frequently for reconstruction of the nipple areolar complex of the breast. Normally the breast must be completely reconstructed before the nipple can be applied. The patient must be happy that the breast size and position is where she wants it. One does not wish to have a nipple placed on a breast that is not positioned ideally her.
Once the breasts are acceptably placed positioned and sized for the patient then and only then can ultimately the nipple to be positioned properly then after everything has settled down from the reconstruction and the patient is healed. The nipple areolar complexes then 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. 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.