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Nipple Correction

Sometimes nipples can appear to have a hole in the middle of them or a deep crease that runs across the center. In other cases, nipples and areolas may be stretched and enlarged, causing them to look asymmetrical or oddly shaped. Cosmetic nipple surgery can provide significant improvement for inverted or elongated nipples that can cause embarrassment for many patients. As a minor surgery, nipple correction is a safe and effective way to correct these issues.

Candidates

If you have withdrawn or expanded nipples, then you may be an ideal candidate for nipple correction surgery. Retracted or elongated nipples can reduce self-confidence, and can cause other issues such as infection, discomfort, and other concerns. These issues can also lead to complications when attempting to breastfeed. Nipple imperfections commonly occur at birth, but can also be the result of a previous surgery, pregnancy, or an infection.

Procedure

Nipple Inversion Correction

The milk ducts that connect through the breast tissue into the nipples can become shortened, scarred, or tethered, causing the nipples to pull inward. Correction can be performed under local anesthesia or sedation, depending on each patient’s preferences and goals. The most common approach is through small incisions made where the nipple and areola (the darker skin surrounding the nipple) meet on the breast to release the cause of inversion, usually by dividing and repositioning the nipple to achieve the desired outcome.

Enlarged Nipple Correction

In cases where the nipples are stretched and elongated, patients may feel embarrassed, especially if the nipples show through clothing. Under local anesthesia or sedation, the nipple size and length can be improved using a technique that removes a ring of tissue from the base of the nipples, allowing them to collapse on themselves. Removing a small portion of tissue vertically from the nipples can also reduce the size. This procedure shortens the height and diameter of the nipples effectively for an enhanced, natural nipple appearance.

Recovery & Results

Recovery

Typical symptoms after a nipple correction procedure include minimal pain and minor swelling. Patients often resume working the following day, and any discomfort can be alleviated using over-the-counter medication. A full recovery can be expected within two weeks.

Results

Some patients are not able to breastfeed after this procedure, and others may experience changes in the sensation of their nipples. Inverted or stretched nipple repair surgery can restore the nipples to a more natural, symmetrical projection to improve self-esteem.

For more information about Nipple Correction or to schedule your Nipple Correction consultation with Dr. Matt Goldschmidt, please call (216) 350-3175.
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