Reconstruction methods create a smooth breast shape without a nipple. The options for nipple reconstruction are:
- having a nipple tattoo
- having a nipple made from your own body tissue
- using a stick on nipple
All the options create the appearance of a nipple. But the new nipple won’t have any feeling and won’t stand up when cold or touched as a real one would. Sometimes the real nipple and skin from the breast are not removed during mastectomy. This is called a nipple sparing mastectomy. The sensation in the nipple is usually different after the operation.