While there are various types of breast surgery procedures available to patients such as breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reductions, or breast reconstruction, there are patients who are specifically dissatisfied with their nipples and/or areolas of their breasts and want to address that aspect of breast surgery.
Several cosmetic procedures are designed to improve the appearance of the nipples and/or areolas and while those procedures can be done when another breast procedure is being performed, they can also be done independently of other breast procedures to improve the appearance of the nipple and areola.
Nipple lift for low nipples – when the position of the nipple is too low, the nipple is lifted into a more aesthetic position, or it can also reposition nipples that are too widely or narrowly set apart. This procedure is also part of both breast lift and breast reduction surgery.
Nipple reduction for enlarged nipples – usually done on patients who are concerned about the prominence of their nipples, or have enlarged, hanging, or downward-pointing nipples (often as a result of breastfeeding), or to improve irregularly shaped nipples.
Correction of inverted nipples – this is where the nipples are withdrawn below the surface of the skin and lack normal protrusion. There are various reasons for this defect and surgical correction to release the underlying tissues to correct this defect can often be done under local anesthesia.
Improvement of areola irregularity or asymmetry – it is normal to have some degree of asymmetry of the breasts such as size or a different shape. In mild cases, only the pigmented areolas are involved and there can be a slight difference in diameter or shape of the areola. In severe cases, correcting the areola involves surgically removing some of the skin adjacent to or within the pigmented areola and suturing it in order to provide better symmetry and cosmetic results.
Male Chest Enhancement – a medical condition called gynecomastia (extra breast tissue development overlying the pectoral muscles) often occurs in adolescent boys or later in middle age. In severe cases, when the breast tissue becomes pendulous, the nipple and/or areola may be misshapen or in an unattractive position. The nipple can be displaced downwards and hang off the breast mound and the areola itself can become enlarged. Surgical repositioning of the nipple and reduction of the areola can be performed with gynecomastia surgery.
Nipple/Areola surgery, when performed by a knowledgeable plastic surgeon, can be a very positive experience. Dr. Clark is a well-qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon who values your input, will listen to your concerns, explain your surgical options and give you his expert recommendation. Your consultation with him is your first step to dealing with your discomfort due to the appearance of your chest.