Nipple, Areola Reconstruction and Tattooing

If you want to have your nipple and the dark area around the nipple (areola) reconstructed, Albany Med offers nipple and areola reconstruction. This procedure is optional and is usually the final phase of breast reconstruction.

Nipple and areola reconstruction is done as an outpatient procedure after the new breast has had time to heal (about two to three months after surgery). The goal is to make the reconstructed breast look more like the original breast.

During this procedure surgeons use tissue from the newly created breast, opposite nipple, groin, or abdomin to rebuild the nipple. Most commonly, we tattoo the areola onto the new breast. Tattooing is performed in our office by our physician assistant, who is a professionally trained tattoo artist.

Some patients prefer to have the tattoo alone, without nipple and areola reconstruction.

Recovery Time

Patients having nipple and areola reconstruction can expect about six to eight weeks of recovery time.  Tattooing can be done at this time.