There used to be body concerns that we would just have to live with and the size, shape, orientation etc. of our nipples was one of them. Now, cosmetic surgery on the nipples is a very common practice. The nipples contribute to the overall aesthetics of the breast, and it is an aspect that can greatly affect self confidence, sexuality and satisfaction with appearances.
There are many reasons why someone would want to get cosmetic surgery on their nipples. Nipple appearance can cause “a feeling of being out of balance” with ones breasts (e.g. large nipple in relation to breast size) including general embarrassment, difficulty in clothing selection and activities. Here are some of the aspects of the nipple that I’ve helped correct:
- asymmetrically shaped (one bigger than other)
- long, droopy or overly prominent (common changes from pregnancy and breast feeding)
Nipple Surgery, How it’s Done… Cosmetic surgery on the nipples addresses the aesthetics of the nipple and the areola, which is the pigmented area around the nipple. Often this surgery is done in combination with an overall breast rejuvenation, including a Breast Lift or Breast Augmentation. The nipple surgery is done through very small incisions to minimize the appearance that any surgery even occurred. Depending on the modification, tissue is removed from the nipple and/or areola, and the length and/or diameter of the nipple are improved. The overall contour and balance of the nipple will be aesthetically enhanced.
Recovery from Nipple Surgery…Although any surgery does involve some discomfort, the recovery from nipple surgery is moderate to mild due to the use of tiny instruments, advanced techniques and my many years of refining skills and artistry. Within a few days any bruising, stiffness, achiness and soreness will dissipate, and based on our follow up consultation, most people can return to normal activity after a few days. In the mean time, oral pain medication is available if needed to mediate the discomfort.
Does Nipple Surgery Affect Breastfeeding? Breastfeeding after nipple and breast augmentation is definitely possible, although there may be some additional challenges such as nipple vasospasm. A great resource for researching more about breastfeeding after surgery is the website
www.bfar.org. In general, there are many factors that affect the ability to breastfeed after surgery, such as:
- how long since the surgery and the time of breastfeeding
- the method of surgery’s impact to the ducts and nerves
- post surgery healing process
- how well the milk glands functioned prior to surgery
Nipple & Breast Reconstruction after Mastectomy… I have a special tenderness towards breast cancer survivors and have a website completely dedicated to helping these special clients, www.breastreconstructiondc.com. There are many options to address all the different affects of cancer removal and still achieve the most natural, feminine results possible.
If you’re not happy with how your nipples look, nipple surgery can improve self esteem, confidence and feelings of sexuality. Schedule a consultation at: www.davinciplastic.com to discover how you can have rejuvenated, beautiful, natural results.
Steven Davison M.D.
Board Certified Plastic/Reconstructive Surgeon