Breast cancer

Updated 13 November 2017

What about the nipple in breast reconstruction?

There are options for women who want a nipple created after breast reconstruction.

Some women do not wish to have a nipple recreated immediately. The options available are increasing. Occasionally, the cancer is away from the nipple and very small in size. This may mean that the nipple itself may be used as a reconstruction. The other options are that skin from elsewhere in the body may be used. The skin can be tattooed or shaped to be similar to the other breast. This may be done at the time of the breast reconstruction or at a later date.

Many women do not feel that they want a nipple at all. They prefer to have an acceptable "mound" to put in their bra and not have to wear a prosthesis.

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Dr Gudgeon qualified in Birmingham, England, in 1968. She has more than 40 years experience in oncology, and in 1994 she founded her practice, Cape Breast Care, where she treats benign and malignant breast cancers. Dr Boeddinghaus obtained her qualification at UCT Medical School in 1994 and her MRCP in London in 1998. She has worked extensively in the field of oncology and has a special interest in the hormonal management of breast cancer. She now works with Dr Gudgeon at Cape Breast Care. Read more.

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