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Is the nipple completely detatched during breast reduction? does the nipple have to be fully detached during a breast reduction, or can it be left in place?

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Dr. Michael Edwards answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

The : The nipple is removed from the breast only in cases of extremely large breasts where the blood supply to the nipple may be compromised. This is a common misconception about breast reduction or lift surgery. Dr. Edwards.

Answered 10/3/2016

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Dr. Robert Brueck answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

The : The nipple may be placed on as a free graft in which case it is completely removed but i only do this less than 10% of the time.The rest of the time we leave it attached to a pedicle of your own breast tissue.www.beautybybrueck.com.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. Leonard Grossman answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

The : The nipple is rarely detached from the breast during the breast reduction. This process is reserved for the extremely large breasts. Good luck from nyc. For more info visit www.Drgrossman.Com.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. Otto Placik answered

Specializes in Surgery - Plastics

Not : Not always!. It depends on the extent of the breast reduction. However, in the vast majority of procedures, the nipple is left attached to the breast gland. It is only removed in the most severe cases or when it appears that the blood supply is compromised.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Dr. Tom Pousti answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

Usually Not.: The nipple/areola complexes are usually left “attached” to the underlying breast tissue when breast reduction surgery is performed. Only in rare cases where the breasts are extremely large/low does free nipple grafting ( detachment) become necessary.

Answered 4/6/2013

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