Nipple Correction

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Nipple correction surgery fixes problems correlated with asymmetrical, enlarged, protruding, or inverted nipples. This procedure is a safe option to restore some confidence and mitigate any pain caused by abnormalities in the nipples. Moreover, this surgery can be performed under local anesthesia and is suitable for both men and women.

There are three different kinds of nipple surgery that their steps will be briefly described below.

Areola Reduction

  1. A local sedative will be applied to the area.
  2. The surgeon will remove a circular portion of the outer brown circle of the areola.
  3. The skin around the areola will be pulled inwards to make the area smaller.

Nipple Reduction

  1. A local anesthesia will be applied to the area.
  2. An incision is made within the neck of the nipple. Also, some tissue will be removed to decrease the height of the nipple.
  3. The size and protrusion of the nipple will be decreased by pushing some of it into the breast tissue.

Inverted Nipple Correction

  1. A local anesthesia will be applied to the area.
  2. The surgeon will make an incision at the base of the nipple.
  3. The milk ducts will be detached from the nipple, which will allow the nipple to project forward.

There are three principal types of nipple inversion:

  1. Grade I, where the nipple is inverted under the areola but can be manipulated to protrude. However, it returns to its inverted position after few minutes. This type of inverted nipple usually does not need corrective surgery unless it affects your self-esteem and confidence.
  2. Grade II, where the nipple is inverted under the areola, can only be forcibly manipulated to protrude temporarily.
  3. Grade III, where the inverted nipples do not come out at all, even with vigorous stimulation. In this case, the nipple remains concealed in the areola, and surgery is needed to rebalance the muscle strength.

Many women have a combination of the grades mentioned above (for instance, Grade I in one breast and Grade II in the other, or even normal in one breast and Grade III in the other)

Ideal applicants for nipple correction surgery may include:

  • Patients who are suffering from discomfort or pain due to any abnormality in their nipples
  • Patients who are suffering from a lack of self-confidence due to their oversized, flat, or inverted nipples
  • Patients who are unsatisfied with their downward-pointing nipples or the appearance of their areola

Nipple correction treatment duration:

The surgery usually takes around one hour.

Recovery time nipple correction surgery:

Nipple correction surgery is almost a straightforward procedure, with a short-term recovery period. Patients usually get back to work within two days.

Inverted nipple surgery recovery may involve mild discomfort and swelling, which can easily be controlled with pain medication.

Approximately four days after inverted nipple surgery, stitches will usually be removed, and patients can pursue their regular routines. However, they should avoid strenuous activities for some weeks.

Nipple correction surgery potential risks and side effects:

When an expert surgeon performs nipple surgery, it can be a joyous venture. But same as all surgeries, nipple surgery may be followed by certain risks such as follows.

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Swelling
  • Scars
  • Asymmetry of the nipples
  • Nipples may invert again after surgery
  • A temporary loss of breast sensation
  • The milk duct could be damaged, which would prevent breastfeeding permanently.

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