Nipple Correction in Atlanta, GA
TYPE OF PROCEDURE
Nipples & Areolas
What is Nipple Correction?
Nipple correction surgery is a set of surgical outpatient procedures designed to remedy many nipple issues including inverted nipples, small or missing nipples, enlarged nipples, and extra nipples with most taking less than an hour to complete.
About 10% of the female population have inverted nipples and it is a fairly common condition. Instead of the nipples pointing outward, they retract inward. Women who have inverted nipples have reported that they feel inhibited and are insecure about exposing their bare breasts.
Inverted nipples can also create difficulty when breastfeeding and can impact mother-baby bonding. In fact, there are entire online forums dedicated to inverted nipples and how they affect breastfeeding. A study revealed that out of 103 women who consulted with their doctors about their inverted nipples, only 23 were referred for surgery. Most were told that the condition was normal and they did not need to do anything about it. Whether it be cosmetic for self-esteem, or to aid in breastfeeding, inverted nipples can be corrected through surgery.
The surgery can be performed with local or general anesthesia using only a small incision made near the base of the nipple which permits access to the fibers that are causing the nipple to retract inward. These tethering fibers are then released, allowing the nipple to face outward, and the incision is sutured closed.
Lack Of Nipples
Genetics, trauma, and mastectomy can be among the reasons that a woman or man lacks nipples. Cartilage grafts, skin grafts, and tissue flaps are among the different procedures that can be used for nipple reconstruction. The surgeon will plan a course of action that is right for each patient and their circumstances.
Nipples that appear overly large, significantly protrude, or look droopy (nipple hypertrophy) are often corrected during breast surgery but can also be done as a single procedure. Nipple hypertrophy can be caused by the improper formation of milk ducts or can be an after-effect of breastfeeding. During the nipple reduction procedure, the surgeon will remove a portion of the nipple, reduce it to the desired size, and then insert stitches to secure it while it heals. If nipple reduction is done as a single surgery, local anesthesia can be used and requires very little downtime.
Approximately 200,000 people in the United States are born each year with one or more supernumerary nipples. This means any number of nipples that are more than the usual two. These nipples can be located anywhere but normally will run along a V-like pattern on the torso called “the milk line” that runs from the armpits down to the genitals.
Interestingly, the condition is more prevalent in men than in women and some individuals also have excess breast tissue. Some of these nipples simply look like moles and others are more prominent, even having areolas and in some cases the nipples secrete milk. To avoid embarrassment, individuals often seek to have supernumerary nipples removed. If the nipple is the only issue, the removal process is much like that of a mole and is traditionally a non-invasive outpatient surgery that takes very little time.
What is Areola Surgery?
The areola also plays a significant part in the overall aesthetic look of an individual’s breasts so when they are abnormally puffy, or mismatched it can be emotionally distressing. There are surgical solutions that can correct these issues and enhance the overall look of the breasts.
Normally caused by genetics, puffy areolas can make breasts appear elongated or tubular. The bottom of the breast is narrow and the crease of the breast is located high on the wall of the chest. Areola reduction surgery can be performed to correct puffy areolas as a single procedure or couples with additional breast augmentation surgery.
An individual who has one areola that is significantly larger than the other may be self-conscious and desire to have this corrected. Areola surgery can correct this leaving you with breasts that look more symmetrical.
The outer perimeter of the areola area is normally round but sometimes may appear oval or irregularly shaped. Areola correction surgery can be used to address this issue making them appear more circular.
Nipple Corrective Surgery For Men
Men can also experience enlarged breasts, puffy nipples, and supernumerary nipples. Enlarged breasts in men can be caused by steroid use, certain isolated exercises, being overweight or hormonal imbalances.
Gynecomastia is a condition that occurs in men or boys where the breast tissue is enlarged or overdeveloped. Often it manifests during the hormonal changes that occur during puberty. The breast area can also be uneven and disproportionate. Any of the nipple or areola abnormalities that can occur in a woman can occur in a man as well. Surgery to reduce the excess breast tissue and correct the size and puffiness of the areola can be done to create a more masculine physique.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Nipple Correction?
Men or women who are in good health, have realistic expectations of surgical results and desire to reduce the size or shape of their nipples or areolas.
What Should I Expect from the Procedure?
Most surgeries on the nipple-areolar complex can be done outpatient using local anesthesia. Most nipple/areola corrections take around an hour when performed alone without ancillary procedures.
During the surgery the blood supply to the nipple is not disrupted, the nipple remains attached. The milk ducts can also be preserved so future breastfeeding is possible. Depending on the goals of the patient’s surgery and their unique anatomy one of the various surgical techniques will be customized and used.
What Procedures Can Be Done With Nipple Correction?
Nipple/areola corrections can be performed as a solo procedure or in conjunction with an ancillary procedure that will provide optimal results. Procedures such as breast reduction, breast lift, or breast augmentation.
What Is The Recovery Like For Nipple Correction?
The recovery time for nipple correction surgery varies for each patient. The surgery is most often performed under local anesthesia and requires no hospital stay, you may return home the same day. Most patients can return to work the following day as long as their job does not require heavy lifting.
Patients will have a few small incisions that will need to be cared for during recovery requiring gauze changes at least once a day and the application of antibiotic ointment. Some bruising is normal and any discomfort experienced may be alleviated with over-the-counter medications. Taking it easy for about 14 days is recommended, refraining from lifting anything over 15 pounds as well as avoiding high-intensity activity until cleared by the surgeon.
How Long Do the Results Last?
The results of nipple reduction or areola surgery are permanent, however, they will still age normally with the rest of your body.
How Much Does Nipple Correction Cost in Atlanta, GA?
The cost of nipple/areola correction or reduction surgery can vary based on the surgery being performed and also if combining this procedure with other surgeries. Often nipple/areola correction is combined with other breast surgeries to reduce costs and maximize results.
Angelina Postoev, MD, FACS, a triple-board certified cosmetic surgeon, and Christopher Ibikunle, MD, FACS, offer nipple and areola correction for men and women in Lawrenceville, Suwanee, Johns Creek, Buckhead, and the surrounding areas of Atlanta, Georgia.