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The nipple and the areola (the dark-coloured skin around the nipple) can also be reconstructed to create a more natural looking breast. This procedure is delayed until the reconstructed breast settles into its final shape, usually 3–6 months after breast reconstruction. The timing of nipple and areola reconstruction varies from woman to woman.
Tissue for the nipple can be taken from:
A new areola can be created by:
A reconstructed nipple has much less feeling than a natural one. The nipple or areola may be a different colour than the other breast.
Seeing my sister Erin – a young mother – struggle with the emotional blow and then the physical toll of cancer treatment made me want to do something to help women feel confident.
The Canadian Cancer Society’s peer support program is a telephone support service that matches cancer patients and their caregivers with specially trained volunteers.