In patients with ptotic breasts who have breast cancer, the nipple areola complex can not often be kept alive during the mastectomy because the remaining blood supply is not adequate enough to perfuse the nipple areola complex. In these patients, the nipple areola complex is removed at the time of mastectomy. These patients can then choose to undergo nipple areola complex tattooing or tattoo with a floral pattern or other artistic tattoo. Patient satisfaction is high post mastectomy in patients who have their breasts placed in a more youthful position post-operatively.
About Brian Dickinson
Dr. Dickinson is a Board Certified Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon operating out of Newport Beach, California. He believes that the reconstructive and aesthetic surgical principles appropriately complement each other and share's his techniques and advice freely.View all posts by Brian Dickinson