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What is bilateral nipple reconstruction surgery?

Bilateral nipple reconstruction surgery is a procedure to rebuild or reshape the nipples and areolas of the breast/chest if they are damaged or removed. 

The most common reason this surgery is performed is after surgical removal of the breasts due to breast cancer. The blood supply for the nipple runs through the center of the breast tissue. Therefore, if the breast tissue near these blood vessels needs to be removed, the nipple must be removed as well. 

There are other rare cases where nipple reconstruction is required. The nipple may be damaged during an accident, due to complications from piercing, or as the result of cosmetic surgery. While reconstruction of both nipples is most commonly required, reconstruction of just one side, known as unilateral nipple reconstruction, is also possible. 

While most nipple reconstruction surgeries occur in middle-aged women, young women with early-onset breast cancer, men with breast cancer, and anyone born with abnormalities of the nipples may also undergo nipple reconstruction.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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