Nipples are an important component of the breast, and many women can greatly benefit from increased self-esteem and a healthier body image after corrective nipple surgery. This surgery has been performed for many decades, but is only recently getting increased attention.
No Two Are Alike
Just as the size and shape of breasts vary, even on the same person, nipples are all unique. Many women want to change the size or shape of their nipples for cosmetic reasons; however, some do so because nipple sensation and the ability to breastfeed can be affected by conditions such as inverted nipples. Other women undergo nipple correction surgery because of asymmetrical nipples, or because the areola is too large.
Two common nipple corrective surgeries are:
- Resizing: Nipple resizing during breast lift or reduction surgery is very common. A typical concern especially for women with large breasts is wide or stretched-out areolas that are disproportionate to the size of the breast. These can be reduced during breast reduction surgery to create a more attractive appearance. Most women are also focused on nipple placement and preservation of sensation. Nipple sensation and the ability to breastfeed is preserved because the nipple/areola remains attached to the underlying tissue.
- Correcting: Approximately 2% of the population has at least one inverted nipple. This is when the nipples are turned in and do not become erect when stimulated, which can be uncomfortable or embarrassing. For some people, this is a congenital condition; it can also occur after breastfeeding or physical trauma. Correcting inverted nipples can be performed as a standalone procedure or with other breast surgeries. The goal of this surgery is to return the nipples to a “normal” appearance.
Choose the Right Surgeon
As always, when considering breast cosmetic surgery in Las Vegas, consult with a board-certified surgeon to determine which procedure is right for you. At my Henderson plastic surgery practice, my staff and I take the time to understand patients” needs and we are dedicated to creating a positive experience for all women considering breast enhancement.