Nipple Reconstruction & Secondary Breast Correction Surgery
Nipple reconstruction surgery is a quick, simple procedure, done under local anaesthetic. Often it is the finishing touch on breast reconstruction surgery and it makes the breast look very natural.Book a Consultation Today
At North Bristol Private Hospital, our surgeons can also make corrections to your original reconstruction to ensure that you enjoy optimum results and feel your best.
On this page, we look at:
- What happens during nipple reconstruction?
- What is secondary breast correction surgery?
- What to expect during your consultation with your surgeon
- Why choose North Bristol Private Hospital?
What happens during nipple reconstruction?
The reconstruction of your nipple and areola is a straightforward procedure. It can involve one or more techniques including:
- Skin grafts from elsewhere on your body
- Flaps of breast skin modelled into a nipple
- Areolar tissue taken from the other breast.
- Tattooing is used to add colour to the new nipple if necessary.
The creation of your new nipple can be undertaken alone under local anaesthetic or as part of a breast reconstruction procedure.
We also offer a simple surgery to correct an inverted nipple.
What is secondary breast correction surgery?
You may like to have some improvements made to your new breast after reconstruction surgery. It is possible to reduce or increase the size of the breast with lipofilling to make your breasts more symmetrical. You may decide upon an uplift for your new beast for the same reason.
What to expect during your consultation with your surgeon
The first stage of your journey with us will be a lengthy consultation during which your surgeon will discuss the different types of procedures available and your expectations of surgery.
After a thorough assessment, your surgeon will suggest the best option for you and explain what you should expect during surgery and the recovery period.
A further consultation will give you the opportunity to ask any questions and once you are completely confident, we will schedule your surgery.
Why choose North Bristol Private Hospital?
We offer world-class breast surgery to patients in Bristol and the South West. Our surgical teams possess unrivalled skills and experience and work in our state-of-the-art consultation and surgical facilities. You won’t need to wait months for a consultation as we see all our patients within eight weeks of your first contact with us.
We know that any surgery can be daunting, but we also believe that by developing a supportive relationship with you we can make you feel more confident and reduce any anxiety you may have.
If you need to stay overnight after your secondary breast correction surgery, you will be delighted with the care that you receive from your own dedicated nurse in our luxurious in-patient ward.
We can accommodate any requirements that you may have in terms of security or religious and cultural practices. For example, we can provide an all-female surgical and nursing team if this would make you more comfortable.
If your relatives or friends accompany you, they will be able to find high-quality overnight accommodation nearby.
Frequently asked questions
There are always risks with any surgery and in this case, these include swelling, infection, scarring, nipples that reinvert, temporary loss of breast sensation and a permanent inability to breastfeed.
Rest assured that by choosing a premium provider like North Bristol Private Hospital you are minimising these risks.
You will be thoroughly informed of all the possible complications, and we will provide you with a detailed consent form during your consultation.
You will need rest after your breast reconstruction surgery to allow your body to heal and it is best to avoid sports, housework and dog walking for up to two weeks after surgery. Your surgeon will advise you when you can resume normal activities and start exercising again.
At North Bristol Private Hospital, we know that a stress-free experience with excellent aftercare makes for happy patients and quicker healing.
If you need to stay overnight, you will spend a night being cared for by your own dedicated nurse in our luxuriously comfortable in-patient ward.
Whether you are a day patient or in-patient, you will be checked by your surgeon before leaving and will have regular follow-up appointments. You can phone us any time after your discharge if you are concerned or have any questions.
Nipple reconstruction surgery may take as little as 30 minutes, but you may require more than one visit, depending on the techniques used. More complex surgery will take longer, and you will be given full details at your consultations.
Discomfort is usual after a surgical procedure and your breasts will be sore and swollen after surgery.
You should not anticipate extreme pain unless there is a complication, but pain relief is always available.
It is possible to perform these surgeries simultaneously with some other procedures. Our surgical teams can discuss this with you during your consultations.
Our extensive discussions with you about how surgery can help will ensure that there are no surprises for you after your procedure. We will ensure that your expectations are realistic and informed and we are sure that you will be delighted with your results.