Thanks for your reassurance - I'm pleasantly surprised that the procedure and recovery was so quick. I'll have another word with my surgeon and ask her to put me on the list. I believe that once you're on the list they have to get you in within 17 weeks, so will have to time it around a planned holiday. It would be nice to look more normal again after all this time. Best wishes, PoppyJ
Hi Poppy's and Dawn1 (and anyone else!)
I started this thread to tell other ladies about my experience of nipple reconstruction because I was so happy with the surgery and results!
I wasn't going to have it done at all but when my PS explained the procedure I was surprised at how straightforward it all sounded. I had a 'dog ear' that needed sorting anyway so the whole thing took about 90 minutes under local anaesthetic. I went in at 7.30am and was home by 3pm. They did insist on having someone collect me.
I had it done on the Tuesday and went back to work on Thursday. I was only working half days since my mx and I am a nursery teacher, so fairly 'on the go'!!!
The result is very good, completely natural looking. I am fairly amazed at how 'normal' they look!
I had my mastectomy & LD flap reconstruction in one go last May, now been offered a new nipple (have been through the stick-on pantomime and always feel they'll drop off in public!). Also a "tidy-up" as my new boob is considerably bigger under my arm than the original one.
Few questions for those who've been there/done that. Did you have it under local anaesthetic? Will they let me go home on my own (live alone so no choice)? How long was the recovery period, i.e. driving, playing sport etc? Most important of all, was it worth it? Grateful for any advice from all you lovely ladies.
So great to read about everyones nipple experiences. Having had an mx on my left breast with reconstruction I am waiting to have my right breast "lifted" to match. I thought this would be a simple nip and tuck but apparently my surgeon says there could be similar scarring to my left breast. (Well at least they will match) then I will hsve a new nipple made for my left breast. Funnily enough after all I have had done to me this bit freaks me out. I want it done but stupidly watched a nipple operstion on u-tube, big mistake. Still going to do it though. You all seem to think it worthwhile. Until I have the uplift my boobs look odd anyway and one with a missing nipple will always look odd. My scarring is all underneath my breast so when everything is done they should look ( although never feel) ok.
Sorry to hear you all getting a bit worked up with nipple problems! Perhaps our helpline team may be to help with what's out there on the nipple reconstruction front? Do give them a ring and have a chat, they're here to support you through this.
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Thank you ladies I am still struggling with what to do, be great to have a place where you can look at photographs to give you some idea.. I am Very Single and a Young 49 year old women, its my 50th birthday in September.. So I have already had a dramantic year. Thank you for all you advice
Hi Orchard, thanks for posting this. I am about 3 months away from right Mx and starting to think about a replacement nipple! Did you have it done under local or general anaesthetic? How long did the procedure take? Any discomfort (realise that sounds odd considering we have had Mx anyway, so other things might be less of a big deal!!)? TIA for your advice! Morris Bird x
That is so encouraging so thank you for sharing. Have you had tattooing as part of it? Interesting that your surgeon says it draws redeye away from the scarring. I had reconstruction with a tissue expander and have a long straight scar across the Middleton the Breast where nipple would be. I do worry that itvmightvlook busy all together but maybe not. I am waiting for the swap to a permanent implant first so nipple reconstruction a little way away for me.
Hi Everyone, I just wanted to say that if there is anyone out there who's had a mastectomy and is unsure about nipple reconstruction, go for it!!
I have bi mx with LD recon in Feb this year because I'm BRCA1 positve and was first diagnosed with grade 3 bc in Feb '13. I had WLE, 6X chemo and 15 X rads. Nodes were clear.
After undergoing the mx in Feb, I was just so happy that I'd reduced my risk of recurrance so drastically that I really wasnt bothered what my newly reconstructed breasts looked like. And actually they were ok. However when I saw my plastic surgeon in June and he ecxplained the precedure involved in nipple reconstruction and that they would draw the eye away from the scaring I had second theought and decided to go for it. I was told thet there'd be a 3-4 month wait but was lucky enough to get a cancellation and went in with less than 24 hours notice almost 3 weeks ago.
When the dressing came off the following week, I was stunned at how realistic they look! I've said to friends that if they'd said to me " when you had the mx, we removed the nipples, put them in the freezer and have now reattached them", i woud have believed them.
I hope this helps anyone who is unsure about what to do and am more than happy to answer any questions.