Reconstruction of the nipple-areola complex
Reconstruction of the nipple-areola complex (NAC) is the final stage in the process of post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, usually occurring at least 3-4 months after augmentation in cancer patients . This component provides the final aesthetic for a completed breast formation. Various methods exist to recreate the nipple, ranging from tattoos to grafts and surgical flap reconstructions .
The most common problem following nipple reconstruction is a decrease in projection or nipple flattening .
While the research and techniques for nipple reconstruction have continued to evolve, there is no standard of care for this procedure.
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