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Nipple sparing - breast cancer
Someone told me you can keep your own nipples and recycle them. Oh wow that's pretty cool I thought. So I asked the doctor 👨⚕️ can I please keep my nipples? He says no!! Cancer cells can hide we could put the nipples on and there could be some hidden cells to come back later. Ok I thought that will do me, no way. This may not be the same for everyone - remembering it's when the cancer is found. How far it's gone etc. Trusting your doctor is everything.
So what is nipple sparing ?
Nipple-sparing mastectomy keeps the nipple and areola intact along with the breast skin. There are many different incisions used to do this surgery. One incision is made under the fold of the breast. Other incisions begin near the areola and extend towards the outer portion of the breast. Vertical incisions from the breast fold to the nipple are also sometimes used.
In all cases, all visible breast tissue is removed. In the past this was called a subcutaneous mastectomy. No matter what incision is used, tissue beneath the nipple and areola are checked for cancer. If cancer is detected, the nipple is removed, converting the procedure to a skin-sparing mastectomy.
With either surgery, breasts are then reconstructed with an implant or tissue taken from another area of the body.
Someone once wrote"...when i get really cold, or get goosebumbs all over my body, the whole things really scrunch up, like, my entire areola scrunches itself up into a wrinkled little mound. it looks really weird and ugly, and i haven't ever seen other people's breasts do it. what is wrong with my areola/nipples??"The answer:
Well nothing is wrong. This is what my areola does too. It's a normal reaction to the coldness or to irritation / stimulation. The little muscles in the areola do a similar goosebump thing as your other skin can do. People often call this phenomenon "hard nipples".
Also note that skin on areola has less feeling or sensation to it than other areas of your body. If the areola was very sensitive, then breastfeeding would probably be quite uncomfortable because the baby pulls and tugs it! The nipples are sensitive but the sensitivity changes with hormonal changes, such as occur at mestrual cycle or pregnancy. Also this varies with ind…
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In Stage 1 shows the flat breasts of childhood. By Stage 2, breast buds are formed as milk ducts and fat tissue develop. In Stage 3, the breast become round and full, and the areola darkens. Stage 4 shows fully mature breasts.
(Illustration by GGS Information Services.)
period begins. Usually these signs are accompanied by the appearance of pubic hair and hair under the arms.
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