A surgeon must possess both technical and artistic skill to perform breast and nipple reconstruction. New Jersey plastic surgeon Dr. Sean Bidic has studied and presented extensively on breast reconstruction, trained in complex microsurgery, and earned a Master of Fine Arts degree. The beautiful, natural results he achieves are a product of this diverse background.
If you require reconstruction, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who will exceed your expectations. Request your consultation online, or call (866) 749-2812 to schedule your appointment.
A Consultation That's All About You
Dr. Bidic is very familiar with the unique emotional and physical needs of breast reconstruction patients. Every patient is an individual and every patient receives the individualized care she deserves. He is known for his longer consultations (45 minutes to an hour), which he uses to get to know you, your goals, and your concerns. Your nipple reconstruction needs will depend on the type of breast surgery and breast reconstruction you undergo. He will work with you to ensure that your reconstructed nipple is the finishing touch on your natural-looking breast reconstruction results.
Your Nipple Reconstruction Procedure
Nipple reconstruction is the final phase of breast reconstruction. Nipple reconstruction procedures may be performed as one procedure or in stages. Nipple reconstruction is an outpatient operation requiring about 30 minutes per breast. Most women experience minimal discomfort with this procedure.
Dr. Bidic typically uses tissue from the reconstructed breast to create the nipple mound - the area that will serve as the foundation for the new nipple, or neo-nipple. He uses an acellular dermal matrix (ADM) - a skin implant consisting essentially of collagen - to help prevent the neo-nipple from flattening over time. The patient's body assimilates the ADM as cells and blood vessels populate it, supporting the neo-nipple's shape and projection.
Simultaneous Intraoperative Revisions
Oftentimes, if necessary or desired, revisions are performed on reconstructed breasts or volume is added via fat grafting during nipple reconstruction.
Tattooing the Nipple & Areola
About 3 months after nipple reconstruction, you can return to the medical office for permanent makeup. The neo-nipple and area around the nipple are tattooed with natural-looking pigmentation to complete the breast and nipple reconstruction. Permanent makeup can be used with or without a reconstructed nipple. These procedures are performed by a fully licensed plastic surgery aesthetician who has had specific training on nipple and areola tattooing.
What to Expect After Surgery
You will wear a "nipple cap" for 2 weeks to prevent compression of the neo-nipple. All sutures are dissolvable and do not need to be removed, and no drains are used. You can shower on the second postoperative day. The neo-nipple will lose about 1/3 of its size or projection and will not have sensation.