Nipple reconstruction is used to create the nipple bud from tissue on the breast. If desired, the nipple can be tattooed at about 2 months after this. The tattoo can be done in the Breast Center.
How do I care for the nipple after surgery?
- Gauze dressing will cover the nipple bud. This dressing may be removed the next day, and you may shower.
- A gauze dressing may be put on again. The stitches will dissolve and slowly fall off.
- Do not wear a tight fitting bra during the first week. It is better to wear a loose fitting camisole or nothing at all.
- Do not swim, take tub baths, or soak in a hot tub until the nipple is healed.
When to Call the Doctor
- Temperature over 100.4° F by mouth for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart.
- Pain not controlled with pain medicine.
- Excess swelling or tenderness.
- Increased redness at the site or warm to touch.
- Rapid/excess bruising at the site.
- Abnormal drainage such as bleeding or pus from the incision.
Surgery Clinic: (608) 263-7502, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
After hours and weekends, the clinic number is answered by the hospital paging operator. Ask for the doctor on call for Dr.________________________________________. Leave your name and phone number with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
Toll Free: 1-800-323-8942.
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Last Updated: 08/11/2011
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