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Do reconstructed nipples always appear hard?

The skin on the reconstructed breast is used to create a nipple. In the first weeks and months after a nipple reconstruction is completed, the size of the nipple will shrink due to the natural forces of wound healing. Once the nipple is fully healed, it is unlikely to change further. In other words, after healing is completed, the nipple is likely to continue to maintain its final height. This may mean that the nipple will be visible through tight clothes. While the reconstructed nipple will maintain its height, the nipple will not respond to cold or to stimulation the way that a normal nipple does.

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