Published April 11, 2014

Correcting Nipple Conditions

Unknown to a lot of women, breast surgery is not only limited to breast lifts or breast augmentation/reduction and there are specialised cosmetic surgical procedures aimed at treating nipple conditions that women may feel troubled and embarrassed about. Needless to say, such conditions can adversely affect one’s self confidence and could also prove to be an issue in child rearing (breast feeding). Corrective measures for treating such conditions can include reduction of the size or length of the areola (nipple) as well as treating cases of inverted nipples.

What are some common nipple conditions, causes and what can be done about it?

Women can experience nipple conditions for a variety of reasons and as much as 20 percent of the female population in UK and Australia have nipple problems. Some issues people are born with and others are attributed to certain conditions like pregnancy, breast feeding and health problems like breast cancer.

Let’s take a look at some of the most common nipple conditions encountered by Dr Tavakoli in his many years of practice:

1. Inverted nipples – it is perhaps the most common nipple condition experienced by women today and is characterized by a nipple’s slit like appearance. Affected women may experience the problem on a constant or intermittent basis and often end up as a source of embarrassment and self-consciousness.

Inverted nipples are due to the presence of short and narrow breast duct tissues in some women and Dr Tavakoli can effectively correct such conditions by releasing and widening the aforementioned duct tissues. In most cases, non-invasive techniques such as light suctions are enough to correct inverted nipples although for more extensive cases, the procedure may require additional breast surgery operations to yield satisfactory results.

2. Floppy nipples – characterised by dark and wide nipples with excessively dark pigmentation. Such nipple conditions can become apparent as part of the breast’s natural development or as a result of long term breast feeding. The issue is fairly common among women of Asian descent and yields no ill effects other than aesthetics.

What to expect from Nipple Correction Surgery

Any cosmetic surgical procedure for correcting nipple conditions must be done in a highly accredited cosmetic surgical facility and performed by qualified and highly reputable cosmetic surgeon like our very own Dr Tavakoli. Give us a call on 1300 368 107 and book a consultation to learn more about exactly what we can do for you.

Although cases can vary from one patient to another, the goal in nipple correction surgery is one and the same – to slightly raise the nipple from the areola as it should be without affecting breast functions. The whole procedure generally takes an hour or two to complete which involves pulling out the breast tissues then strategically spreading them out to create a more desirable appearance. Incisions are then patched up and dressed for recovery.

Recovery in nipple correction surgeries is fairly quick and patients can expect to return to work and get back to their normal routines within 1 to 3 days following the operation. After the procedure women can expect to experience some degree of bruising and swelling which is perfectly normal and rapidly subsides over the week.

Possible complications

As a cosmetic surgical procedure, some complications can develop following the procedure. Such complications may include infections, excessive scarring and nipple size asymmetry. Some women may also experience a loss of nipple sensitivity which can last for months following the operation. Such cases are extremely rare especially when performed by one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the industry.

Unlike most other types of cosmetic surgical operations, corrective breast surgery is fairly simple and quick to recover from with low chances of developing any complications. Of course it is important to lay out any concerns one might have with regards to the procedure. Simply call us to book a consultation and learn everything you need to know about correcting nipple conditions safely and effectively with Dr Tavakoli.

Published By: Dr Kourosh Tavakoli

Dr Kourosh Tavakoli, MS, FRACS, is an internationally renowned Australian trained plastic surgeon with over 20 years of surgical training. He is an active member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), International Society (ISAPS) and American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS). He is considered a world leader in plastic surgery of the breast and body and lectures extensively around the word on these topics.