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If you’ve either been scheduled for, or are contemplating areola reconstruction, you probably have some questions. Our guide offers the answers you’re looking for and helps you prepare for your operation.

About the Operation

We prefer to allow your reconstructed breast to "settle" for at least 3 months so that the nipple and/or areola can be placed in the proper position. Nipple-areola complex reconstruction is done usually with local anesthesia as an outpatient procedure, however it can also be combined in further breast revisions requiring general anesthesia. Either option does not require for you to stay overnight at the hospital. This procedure usually involves very little discomfort.

In this section, we will specifically discuss areola reconstruction. Typically, if patients are interested in areola reconstruction, this procedure occurs 3 months following nipple reconstruction.

Options for reconstruction of the areola include:

  • 3D tattoo by a medical tattoo artist.​
  • Skin graft from abdominal scar of groin crease.
  • Areolar share (if you have a large opposite areola).