Nipple Correction & Areola Surgery
Nipple Correction Surgery in Newcastle & Sydney NSW
Are you feeling self-conscious about the shape or size of your nipples or areola?
Dr Turner can help with a wide range of breast augmentation and inverted nipple correction procedures to suit every woman unique breast shape. The procedure works to enhance your breast by improving the appearance of your nipples in a number of ways including nipple placement, oversized areola, inverted nipples, flat nipples and more.
If you want to improve and correct your nipples or feel self-conscious about your breasts due to your nipples, you may like to consider Dr Turner’s nipple correction procedures. Schedule your private consultation with Dr Turner today to give you advice on the most natural results for long-lasting nipple correction.
What Are Inverted Nipples?
Inverted nipples are a result of shortened and tight breast duct tissue. Nipple inversion refers to an imbalance in muscle traction, where the strength of the outer muscle is insufficient in comparison to that of the inner muscle. The inner muscle may be longer and have substantial traction, causing the nipple to remain retracted.
Many individuals experience nipples that are inverted periodically and invariably. There may be some mild asymmetry associated with inverted nipples; where one nipple may be more noticeable than the other. Inverted nipples may also be inverted to the same extent in both breasts
What Can Causes Nipple Inversion?
Inverted nipples are ordinarily caused by:
- Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
- Significant and rapid weight loss
- Ptosis, Breast Drooping
- Recurrent breast infections or inflammations (abscesses, mastitis, or mammary duct ectasia)
- Padget’s Disease, Breast cancer, Inflammatory Breast Cancer Syndrome evident at birth and genetic variants
What Does Nipple Correction Surgery Involve?
Nipple correction surgery can apply to both men and women. This type of surgery corrects problems associated with asymmetry, enlargement, protrusion, and inversion of the nipples.
Nipple reconstruction surgery can render a solution for women who have no nipple following a mastectomy. There are various procedures for correcting the nipple area, these include skin grafting, cartilage and tissue flaps, and tattooing.
Nipple reconstruction surgery can be performed independently or in conjunction with other breast surgery procedures such as breast augmentations.
The particulars of your nipple surgery will rely upon what aspect of your areolas or nipples appearance requires amendment. An incision is made in the areola or nipple. Excess skin may be removed at this stage if you are undergoing surgery to rectify an enlarged nipple. Nipple reduction surgery can shorten nipple width, length or both.
Inverted nipples are treated via making an incision at the base of the areola or nipple, lifting and suturing the tissue into a new position
Am I A Suitable Candidate For Nipple Correction Surgery ?
The best candidates for nipple correction surgery are individuals with:
Indented or inverted nipples
Enlarged or puffy areolas
What Are The Benefits Of Having Surgery To Correct Inverted Nipples ?
In general, the most common benefit of nipple correction treatment or surgery is the relief from negative self-esteem and embarrassment caused by your appearance. Women seek nipple correction surgery so they can feel more confident in intimacy and in other situations, such as when using public change rooms
Types of Inverted Nipples
Inverted or flat nipples are a relatively common condition affecting up to 10% of women. While some women have always suffered with inverted nipples, others may have developed the condition after breastfeeding due to scaring within the milk ducts. The cause of inverted nipples is typically a combination of shortening of the milk ducts and the fibrous connective tissue between the milk ducts as well as a deficiency of supporting soft tissue underneath the nipple.
There are different degrees of nipple inversion; some nipples are easily everted while others the nipples are inverted all the time.
Mild cases (grade I)
- The inverted nipple can be pulled out and stays everted without traction for a period of time. This can be treated by a suction type device or short-term nipple piercing. Alternatively with a breast augmentation procedure the nipple inversion is often corrected so an ideal procedure for a woman who also has small breasts.
Intermediate cases (grade II)
- Those where the nipple can be everted but retracts quickly (grade II). Surgery is usually required in these cases. The fibrous tethering tissue is divided but the milk ducts are usually preserved.
Severe cases (grade III)
- The nipple cannot be everted, Correction requires surgery to divide all the tethering tissue including the milk ducts. Local flaps are also used to provide a bulk of soft tissue under the nipple. Although this will typically solve the problem, the patient will not be able to breast feed and may lose nipple sensation.
While some women develop inverted nipples after breastfeeding, others can get elongated, darkened and thickened nipples. This is often associated with widening of the areola (pigmented area around the nipple) and breast ptosis.
This can cause embarrassment to some women as the nipples can show through clothing. In women that wish to undergo breast augmentation or breast lift surgery this may make the nipple projection more obvious and so a combination of nipple reduction can be combined at the same time as your surgery.
Why is Nipple Plastic Surgery Popular?
According to stats from the United States, Sydney, and around the world, nipple surgery has become more popular than ever before.
According the survey conducted by the Plastic Surgery Group in the US, there has been a 30 per cent increase in the number women requesting a smaller nipple size over the past year. While smaller nipples are becoming increasingly sought after, they are not the most popular nipple surgery of the year. That title goes to inverted nipple correction surgery.
At Dr Turner’s clinics in Newcastle, Sydney, and Dee Why, we regularly see women coming in to talk about correcting inverted or flat nipples. Their conditions range from mild to severe, and the women report their conditions as a long-term cause of insecurity and discomfort. We also see many women dealing with long (floppy) and/ or puffy nipples.
Often women develop this condition after breastfeeding, and it’s sometimes accompanied by darkened and thickened nipples as well as a widening of the areola. The good news is that you can have your old body back or simply create the body you have always wanted.
About Nipple Surgery
Plastic surgery is highly customisable, especially in the case of procedures to the nipples. There are actually three different grades of nipple inversion and, of course, nipples come in all shapes, sizes, and, colours. There is no single standard nipple so, while you may feel embarrassed or uncomfortable with the look of your nipples, it’s nothing a doctor hasn’t seen before! There are estimated to be nearly one million in Australia women with inverted or flat nipples so you aren’t alone. When you meet Dr Turner, he will look at your unique case to make a recommendation for treatment.
Nipple correction is a minor procedure that can be done without general anaesthesia. The whole thing only takes about 30 minutes and you can be on your way home in no time after the procedure.
If you are looking to tackle more than one issue, you could also combine a nipple correction with areola reduction or a breast augmentation. There are many options for changing the look of your breasts and nipples so you can work with Dr Turner to come up with a fully customised treatment plan that meets your needs
Areola & Nipple Correction Surgery FAQs
What Will My Recovery Involve?
The operated areas will be protected with a sterile dressing. These dressings will be removed after 5-7 days, at this time the wounds will be gently cleaned and inspected to ensure you are recovering accordingly.
Post-operative clothing will be advised depending upon the type of nipple correction surgery conducted. For example, a padded bra for inverted nipple surgery and a pressure garment for gynaecomastia surgery.
Following the procedure, firm pink scars will be evident for at least six weeks. These scars may remain the same size for approximately two months and may fade after a two year period
How Long Does It Take To Recover From Nipple Correction Surgery ?
The recovery process for a nipple correction procedure is generally very rapid, involving few side effects. Mild discomfort may be experienced around the nipple area. There may also be modest bruising and swelling evident around the operative site for some weeks after your surgery subject to your activity.
You may encounter a reduction in nipple sensation and temporary numbness as a result of the procedure. These minor side effects will subside after a few days and are considered normal.
The majority of patients are able to return to work after several days, in some circumstances it may be the day following your surgery. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for approximately 7-10 days after your procedure
What Are The Risks Or Side Effects From Nipple Correction Surgery ?
Complications from nipple correction surgery are rare, but may involve, nerve damage, scarring, bruising, bleeding and infection. The most significant side effect to consider after nipple correction surgery is your ability to breastfeed. Ordinarily, there are no variances to nipple sensitivity, with sensation generally remaining as it was preceding surgery
What Scars Will I Have After Inverted Nipple Surgery ?
The extent of scarring from inverted nipple surgery relies on the patients healing ability and general condition of the skin. Dr Turner may govern the scarring via the incision size and technique used for the procedure