Feb 18, 2011 - 4:11 pm
Hi, since a couple of people expressed interest in knowing the results of nipple surgery, I thought I would post a quick update. I had my nipple flap surgery last Friday. It was easy, took about an hour, only local anestetic, and I was in the hospital's operating room (not the doctor's office). After the surgery they taped on some plastic "shapers". Today I got the shapers removed. Aside from being bruised and discolored, they look really good! The PS basically took a flap of skin (from my breast - he didn't take the skin from elsewhere on my body) and made a nub out of it and then with stitches made an areola. In about 2 months, he will tattoo them pink (before my double mastectomy he took photos of my breasts and so knows the color my nipples used to be). So, by the time I am completely through with the reconstruction, it will be almost exactly a year from when I was diagnosed. I know it is different for everyone, but I am really happy that I went forward with the reconstruction to the end. I didn't have conviction with my choice for quite some time but now seeing the almost finished product, I am thrilled. What a year!