There are several instances where nipple correction surgery may be required. This can include having inverted nipples, enlarged nipples or the areola appears widened. These are all common concerns for both men and women. Nipple correction can also be referred to as areola surgery.
What Is Areola Surgery?
Areola surgery involves the correction of the nipples when they are deformed in any way. It can help to improve the appearance of the nipples to provide them with more aesthetically pleasing results. Areola surgery can also be combined with other breast augmentation surgery.
How Do I Prepare For The Areola Surgery?
Inverted nipples normally occur as a result of shortened milk ducts. In surgery, these tend to be cut off but a procedure can also be done to preserve these milk ducts in the nipples. A consultation will be conducted prior to the areola surgery to discover what the best option is for you. We’ll ask questions regarding your future plans and breastfeeding, as well as general questions about your health and lifestyle. Your consultation will provide you with a space to discuss if you have concerns about the surgery.
How Is The Treatment Conducted?
The technique used for the treatment depends on the type of nipple correction that you require. It will be performed under general or local anaesthetic and you should expect it to take between 30 minutes and 2 hours. As the surgery isn’t as extensive as other procedures, you should be able to return home the same day as you have the areola surgery.
An incision will be placed around the areola area where work will begin to adjust the appearance of the nipple. Excess tissue may be need to be removed in order to make the corrections. Surgery involving inverted nipples requires a splint to be applied so that the nipple can remain in a protruding position.
What Happens After Surgery?
As the downtime for the areola surgery is relatively short, you should expect to go home the same day. There will be some form of swelling and bruising but this will fade over time. You should ensure that someone is available to pick you up after the surgery.
To prevent the nipple compressing again or being interfered with, it will also be advised not to wear padded bras or tight clothing for around 2 weeks. A gauze bandage may be applied, though.
Patients recover at different rates, so any concerns that you have should be discussed during your consultation.
What complications can arise from the surgery?
Although the majority of patients are happy with the results of their areola surgery, there are risks of complications that can arise from it. These can include:
– Breastfeeding can be affected
– Nipple reverts back
– Nipples can look different on each side