What Is NIPPLE RECONSTRUCTION?
Nipple reconstruction at Vinyard Institute of Plastic Surgery (VIPS) can provide you with soft, feminine results that look like your natural nipple/areola complex after a mastectomy. Our board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon, Dr. William Vinyard, performs immediate skin and nipple-sparing breast reconstruction for women in Port Saint Lucie, FL. Many women choose to have an immediate nipple-sparing mastectomy so that their skin, areola, and nipple can be rebuilt with their reconstructed breasts. If you are facing a mastectomy and are not sure what type of reconstruction would look and feel most natural, you can consult with Dr. Vinyard. A nipple reconstruction with your own nipple genuinely will feel the most natural. Your general surgeon will take all of the breast tissue from your breasts and Dr. Vinyard can perform the reconstruction within the same surgery. You can have a nipple-sparring breast reconstruction with synthetic implants or with a fat transfer of your own tissues from another site on your body. If you qualify for an immediate nipple reconstruction, our hope is that you achieve (as close as possible) the look and feel of your former breasts. We invite you to have a consultation at VIPS by contacting us online or by phone.
"It's impossible to find a finer surgeon! - I looked all over before I decided on Dr. Vinyard for my tummy tuck and breast lift. I work in the medical community so therefore it was important to me to pick a great doctor I could interact with before and after my surgery. Many of the plastic surgery practices in Florida are store front, strip malls with their own extremely questionable surgical suites and zero aftercare . This is not the case with Dr. Vinyard. While having surgery at an outpatient surgical center costs a little bit more, it saves you the headache of wondering how clean the room was and if you will be safe from post surgery infections. The surgical center where he operates is the finest in the area! I literally remember nothing from just moments after my IV was started until I arrived home. No time to be nervous about anything! When comparing surgeons, belly buttons and incisions are the main thing to look at after safety and overall aesthetics. It was important to me to look natural. Dr Vinyard really takes his time getting he incision line thin and symmetrical and I have yet to see him do a bellybutton that isn't perfect. My bellybutton is cuter now than it has ever been. I am thrilled with my results. He pulled my waist in beautifully and got rid of all the excess skin and fat above the stomach muscle with no lipo needed. I also need to mention my results with the breast lift. I went into my consultation thinking I may need a small implant ( which I was dreading because I don't like idea of something foreign inside me). Dr V was very honest with me and let me know I had plenty of tissue to get the look I wanted without additional implants, which was a huge relief. I am certain many other surgeons would have taken he opportunity to up-sell gummy implants. I found out after-the-fact that he trained under the top breast reconstruction specialists in the USA. This was a huge bonus. Initially the tummy tuck was the most important part of this MMO for me. Now I just love all the results!I can't end this review without praising the amazing staff at Plastic Surgery VIP's. Behind every great man there is a great woman, but in his case there are a half dozen great women! Being a patient at this practice truly is a concierge experience and it is because of them. Mary Louise and Gina are the best. They are so personable, caring and professional. Thank you ladies for holding my hand every step of the way."- J. / RealSelf / Dec 07, 2020
"The entire staff is wonderful and Dr Vinyard is great. He takes his time to explain procedures and ensure you are informed and comfortable with everything. Highly recommend!"- C.L. / Facebook / Dec 04, 2020
"Dr.Vinyard is a phenomenal doctor. I had and continue to have a great experience through my surgery and after my surgery. My mom, my daughter and I all had surgery done with Dr.Vinyard and we are so satisfied with our results and we would recommend him to anyone who is interested. His nurse practitioner Mary is very sweet, kind and patient! I love the mermaid team and there’s no one else I would go to but Dr.Vinyard he’s the best and takes his time and makes sure his work is done well!"- A.P. / Google / Dec 02, 2020
"incredibly amazing experience with no pain! - Incredible Wonderful experience!!! If I could give 10 stars I would! Let me start by saying I have done 14 years of research to find my PS and after my very first phone call to Dr Vinyard’s office after contacting various others I knew I found my surgeon. Not only is Dr Vinyard & Nurse Practitioner Mary Louise comforting, reassuring and educated, they are AMAZING! The office staff are also incredibly knowledgeable and ready to assist and answer any questions you may have. It is so comforting knowing that when you call your dr someone actual answers the phone.I was prepared for surgery with everything I needed to get me through each day. At Pre-op all the medication needed was sent in. I was shown how to take care of drains and supplies needed for post op were apart of the wonderful app My Touch MD. I am so thrilled that I found my forever PS & staff. I am currently 2 weeks post op with NO PAIN! Look no further VIPS is where you need to be! The best care EVER!"- R. / RealSelf / Nov 11, 2020
"I am a breast cancer patient and in absolute love with V.I.P. The team is amazing and caring ❤ 😍 Dr. Vinyard is Amazing and love his singing. Thank you so very much for restoring not only my body but my piece of mind!"- S.M. / Facebook / Oct 28, 2020
Who Is A Candidate?
To qualify for an immediate nipple-sparing reconstruction, you will still be in the beginning stages of planning your mastectomy. You may be searching for a board-certified plastic surgeon who performs an immediate reconstruction after a mastectomy. This option gives you the opportunity to use your own tissues instead of losing your nipples altogether.
If you have had a breast reconstruction in the past and are ready for a nipple reconstruction, then you can be a candidate for nipple recreation with tissues from a donor site on your body. We can also reconstruct your nipple in the event there was a trauma to the breast resulting in the loss or damage to the nipple/areola complex or if you have a congenital deformity. You can call and talk to one of our friendly patient coordinators to schedule an appointment for your consultation with Dr. Vinyard. We will be prepared to answer your questions and find a time that works with your schedule.
WHat's The Technique?
There are several ways to reconstruct a nipple/areola complex. You will discuss with Dr. Vinyard where your surgery will take place and what type of anesthesia will be used during your treatment planning phase. He offers a nipple-sparing reconstruction at the time of mastectomy or a new nipple reconstruction as a secondary surgery at a later date.
Nipple-sparing mastectomies are generally a preferred option because you are keeping your original areola/nipple complex. This must be a cancer-free area. Then, Dr. Vinyard can perform your breast reconstruction of choice in tandem with positioning your nipple/areola complex at an aesthetically pleasing position and size.
If you cannot save your nipple/areola complex, then you may opt to have a second surgery later on to recreate the breast with your own tissue taken from another area of your body to make your nipples the right color, size, and improve their projection. Regardless of what type of surgical technique that is used, Dr. Vinyard will skillfully make the areola/nipple complex symmetrical and harmonious in the overall look of your breasts.
What Can I Expect?
After your nipple reconstruction, your breasts may appear to be swollen and red in color. If you had tissue taken from another part of your body, the donor site will also need to heal. Recovery for a nipple reconstruction really depends on you. You will need to keep all your follow-up appointments with Dr. Vinyard so that he can monitor your progress, keep an eye out for infection, and to help you with aftercare so that you can get the best results post-op. We will also give you detailed instruction on how to care for yourself at home for you to follow.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I still save my nipples if I have cancer near the area?
There is a possibility that your nipples and areola have to be removed if cancer cells are found within the tissues close by. If your nipples have the slightest chance of becoming cancerous, then your treatment plan will reflect a total mastectomy. Without the skill of an experienced cosmetic plastic surgeon, a general surgeon will take the entire breast that looks flat on your chest. When you have Dr. Vinyard by your side, you can have a plan in place to recreate your nipples to look as natural as they can throughout this process.
Will I have sensations in my nipples after reconstruction?
A nipple reconstruction is meant to recreate your nipples and areolas to look more natural and feminine. You will not have the same sensations in your nipples like before. The good news is that your nipples and areola complex will look aesthetically pleasing after a reconstructive procedure.
Will I need pain medication after surgery?
You will most likely need some type of pain medication postoperatively. It is important that you only take pain medication that Dr. Vinyard advises or prescribes. Call our office before adding or changing the medications you are taking.
Also, it is really important to take your full course of antibiotics if Dr. Vinyard prescribes them to you. This will help in your recovery to help prevent infection. Not every nipple reconstruction patient will be given a round of antibiotics to take. Taking excellent care of your incisions to keep bacteria at bay so you do not get an infection will also help you recover faster.
Will I have to go into the hospital?
This will be up to Dr. Vinyard. Depending on what type of surgeries you have on the day of your mastectomy/ reconstruction will determine if you need to be admitted into the hospital. It is more likely that you will be admitted so that you can be monitored after a major surgery like this one.
HANDLE WITH CARE
Consult with Dr. Vinyard at VIPS for your nipple reconstruction with confidence. He is an excellent surgeon who is fellowship-trained in advanced breast reconstruction techniques. Rest assured that you are in good hands at the VIPS in Port Saint Lucie, FL. Make your appointment today to examine your surgical opportunities. He will take the time needed to listen to your concerns and your aspirations for how you would like your breasts to look after nipple reconstruction. Please contact our office and schedule your first appointment today.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 2 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 30 – 60 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 – 3 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location