Nipple appearance is an important feature of attractive breasts. The nipple is a projectile surrounded by dark skin- the areola. Albeit, a small area, women are embarrassed by visibility, size, shape or inversion. Rumor had it that one famous TV actress wore pasties over her nipples to prevent them from being visible.Have a Question
Am I a good candidate for Nipple Correction?
Nipples are a small part of the breast, but like their big sister, they are associated with positive self-esteem when they behave, and embarrassment in social situations or during intimacy when they don’t. Dr. Friedlander has a great deal of experience correcting these problems, in both men and women.
Interestingly, men are plagued by some of the same issues here. While the incidence in men is significantly lower than in women, the problems can be equally distressing.
Nipple and areola correction are frequently performed with other cosmetic breast procedures. You may be a candidate for nipple correction if you have any of the following:
- Overly projecting or large nipples
- Nipple visibility in clothing
- Nipple inversion
- Large areola
- Puffy areola
- Nipple position
What can be done to correct Nipple problems?
Procedures to correct overly projecting nipples and nipple inversion can be performed under local anesthesia and take less than one hour. Of course, they can also be performed with any other breast procedure.
Nipple inversion is caused by retractile bands pulling the nipple into the breast. These bands need to be divided and the nipple supported with sutures for about a week to reduce the likelihood of recurrence. Nursing will not be possible after this is done, so this should be postponed until after child bearing if you are planning to nurse.
Nipple reduction is a relatively simple procedure where the nipple is treated like an accordion. Some of the outer skin is removed allowing the nipple to partially retract. This will not affect the ducts, and nursing is possible afterwards. Alternatively, the tip of the nipple may be amputated, leaving ¼ to ½ of the nipple behind. This heals nicely leaving the ducts intact. If the base of the nipple is wide, this can be reduced by removing a wedge of tissue followed by advancing the edges resulting in a smaller diameter.
What can be done to correct Areola problems?
Often times, areola correction is done as part of a different procedure. Large areola are routinely reduced and nipple position adjusted during uplift or reduction procedures. Puffy areola are usually a tell tail sign of tuberous breasts in their more severe form and are corrected during that procedure.
What is the recovery like after Nipple correction?
These procedures can be performed under a local anesthesia. Patients can return to work the next day. A protective nipple guard needs to be worn 24/7 for 1-2 weeks. These procedures result in a high degree of patient satisfaction.
Schedule a Nipple correction consultation
If you are embarrassed by a nipple problem and would like to find out if you are a good candidate, please contact our office in New Jersey at 973-524-7124 to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Friedlander.