Topic: Nipple Reconstruction or 3D Tattoo only?

Forum: IDC (Invasive Ductal Carcinoma) — Just diagnosed, in treatment, or finished treatment for IDC.

Posted on: May 28, 2022 10:54AM

Posted on: May 28, 2022 10:54AM

ava55 wrote:

Looking for advice following a successful bilateral mx implant. Very happy with results. Next I have to decide if I want to get a nipple reconstruction or should I just go with a 3D tattoo instead.

My surgeon said that a reconstruction means that the nipple is always erect and while it will flatten over time I should consider this. Not sure I like the sound of this so am thinking I might get a tattoo only?

So anyone who has got either done Iwould love to hear the pros and cons.

Thanks

DCIS 8cm, intermediate, ER positive, mastectomy plus ADM reconstruction with implant plus sentinel node biopsy. 0/3 nodes clear. 5mm IDC. ER/PR positive HER negative
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Jun 3, 2022 03:56PM ava55 wrote:

Anyon want to respond?

DCIS 8cm, intermediate, ER positive, mastectomy plus ADM reconstruction with implant plus sentinel node biopsy. 0/3 nodes clear. 5mm IDC. ER/PR positive HER negative
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Jun 3, 2022 04:21PM serenitystat wrote:

Sorry no one’s responded. I can’t help, but have you looked at the Breast Reconstruction forum? Hopefully someone can answer there or you can find a thread with the info you need.

https://community.breastcancer.org/forum/44


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Jun 3, 2022 05:48PM smc123 wrote:

Hi Ava55, I didn’t do anything for nipples. Before my dbl Mx my nipples were hard quite often and it was really annoying so I don’t miss that aspect. My PS said I could always change my mind. I’m 5 years out from my last surgery and I haven’t cared enough to do anything. Good luck:

Dx 2/1/2016, IDC, Left, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/22/2016 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/31/2016 Lymph node removal; Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Tissue Expander; Reconstruction (Right): Tissue Expander Radiation Therapy 10/4/2016 Breast, Lymph nodes Surgery 4/2/2017 Reconstruction (Left): Saline implant; Reconstruction (Right): Saline implant
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Sep 1, 2022 11:15PM annaspar wrote:

My post-operative period went just fine, I also underwent cosmetic plastic surgery and now I feel great!

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Sep 2, 2022 11:40AM luckynumber47 wrote:

I didn’t have reconstruction but I did get 3D tattoos 6 years ago. Love them!

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Sep 14, 2022 04:33AM fleurdavril wrote:

I have a surgery plan for November regarding nipples reconstruction but I'm thinking seriously about getting 3D tattoos.How much did it cost and where did you have it done? Thanks!

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Sep 14, 2022 07:25AM maryjv wrote:

I had nipple reconstruction done in 2021...you do have to create little "pillows" to ensure the nipple does not flatten down during recovery but it was not a hard process (and everything is explained very well). Yes, my nipples do stay erect but they are small and soft so not at all noticeable when I am wearing shirts. After I was done with recovery I did have the areola and nipple tattooing done, no pain. I would say the nipples look very real, job well done! GOD bless you!

Dx 11/22/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 12/29/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 3/27/2020 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right) Surgery 8/26/2020 Reconstruction (Left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (Right): DIEP flap

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