Birmingham, Alabama Breast cancer patients now have an option for nipple reconstruction that enables them to return to normal activities immediately after! Alabama breast reconstruction specialist, Michael S. Beckenstein, M.D. has introduced this to his patients three years ago. “We have well over 100 women who have successfully had this reconstruction and the results are better than any other technique we have ever offered. We used to offer the small grafts or local tissue, flaps that are offered everywhere else, but they all have shortcomings. They do not look or feel natural, the shrink in size and they usually require the operating room and anesthesia.” Dr. Beckenstein adds “I use one or both nipples from the patient at the time of the mastectomy and graft them on her side. When we are ready to complete the reconstruction, we graft the nipples back where they should be. They are the real nipples, look real, feel real, and the most natural looking we have offered to date. The best part is that these Alabama breast cancer patients do not have to return to the operating room for this portion for their nipple reconstruction. “We just do this in my office operating room with simple local anesthesia. It takes about 10-15 minutes and our women can return to work, go shopping, or out to lunch when they leave here. It is similar to having a mole removed in a dermatologists office. It really has made the whole Birmingham breast reconstruction experience, that we offer, better with much better results.” When Dr. Beckenstein complements this nipple reconstruction with the new 3D- SAT areolar tattoo technique that his practice is now certified in the results are even better.
This concept of nipple grafting can be used for any method of Alabama breast reconstruction. It is suited for tissue expander/implant breast reconstruction and natural or autologous breast reconstruction such as TRAM, Latissimus, and DIEP flap techniques. It is the best option for radiated reconstructions, where the other methods are less successful and more risky.
To find out more about this new and exciting option for nipple areolar reconstruction visit us online at www.msbmd.com or contact us at 1-866-MSBMD77 or 205-933-9308.