Nipple & Areola Correction

Nipple & Areola Correction

The Problem

Many people can feel embarrassed about their inverted nipples, enlarged nipples or enlarged areolas, which can also result in a lack of confidence during certain situations.

Some people with inverted nipples or large areolas can often feel self-conscious and insecure or embarrassed about their bodies. For others, enlarged nipples are more a matter of discomfort. Although it’s a subject that isn’t discussed as often as it should be, nipple corrections are not at all uncommon. Correcting inverted nipples and areola reductions are quick and simple procedures which may be performed under local anaesthetic.

Inverted nipples occur when the breast ducts are too short or there’s a tightening of the duct’s tissue due to an imbalance in traction between them and the smooth muscle that keeps nipples erect. Alternatively, it could just be that there’s too much connective tissue in the nipple. The cause varies from person to person and can be due to genetics, lactation, pregnancy or trauma. There are also three different grades of inverted nipples:

  • Grade 1: The nipples occasionally become everted due to stimuli such as temperature or arousal and can be made to protrude and stay that way, by manipulating them with your fingers. Breastfeeding is usually possible in this case.
  • Grade 2: In this case they can also be made to protrude but won’t stay evert without finger pressure. Here breastfeeding can be problematic at times.
  • Grade 3: The nipples are completely retracted and cannot be pulled out thanks to physical manipulation. If your nipples are constricted you may not be able to breast feed.

Nipples can also appear enlarged – this is when the nipple itself protrudes and can be longer or wider than normal or uneven in shape.  If there is a problem with the tissue surrounding the nipple then areola reduction surgery would be required, or possibly, in the case of men, gynecomastia (excess fatty tissue under the nipple which requires a male breast reduction). If you have enlarged, or wide areolas you may feel very conscious of them as they don’t fit with the shape of your breasts.  The ideal diameter of the areola on a woman of average height is 4.7cm; however this varies and should look in proportion to your size.

Finally, many people have areolas that seem raised or domed, which is often due to breast tissue pushing the areola forward.  This can be associated with tuberous breast abnormalities, and can be treated by removing the tissue under the areola. Areola Reduction Surgery can also improve the shape of the areolas if they are not quite circular in shape.  Abnormalities in the texture or colour of the areola can also be addressed during surgery.

Read Mr Adrian Richards, Medical Director and practising Plastic Surgeon at The Private Clinic’s comments on nipple correction surgery here

Nipple Correction and Areola Reduction Surgery are offered at our London, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Northampton, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow clinics.

The Problem

Many people can feel embarrassed about their inverted nipples, enlarged nipples or enlarged areolas, which can also result in a lack of confidence during certain situations.

Inverted Nipple Correction

Inverted nipple correction surgery is a minor procedure performed under local anaesthetic. Depending on the underlying cause of your inverted nipples, two different approaches can be taken.

Most commonly, an incision will be made at the base of the nipple to release the fibres and milk ducts that are causing the nipple to retract. Biodegradable sutures would then be used to prop up the nipple during its recovery process.

Alternatively, an incision can be made to divide or free the milk ducts and problematic fibres internally.

The procedure lasts approximately 30 minutes (15mins on each side) and is performed under local anaesthetic. Nipple Correction can also be performed in conjunction with other procedures such as Breast Augmentation or Breast Reduction.

Downtime

Since the procedure is done under local anaesthetic you are free to return home as soon as you are ready, meaning that there’s no real downtime. The majority of our patients return to work within 1-2 days. You might experience some discomfort but this can be easily managed through pain medication.

The main consideration for this procedure is that you will be unable to breast feed following a nipple correction procedure and is something you may want to think over if you are planning to breastfeed in the future.

Nipple Reduction Surgery

If you suffer from enlarged or puffy nipples it may impact on your confidence and can be embarrassing when changing in public or when wearing particularly tight clothing.  In summer, men can find it particularly difficult when taking their top off and exposing their nipples.  This can be distressing and cause many men to cover up, often affecting their self-esteem.

Nipple Reduction Surgery is a minor operation performed under local anaesthetic, which entails removing part of the nipple tissue.  The procedure takes under one hour and you will feel only mild discomfort or pain.  The scars will be minimal and are well hidden on the underside of the nipple where it meets the areola.

Nipple Reduction Surgery is offered at our London, Birmingham, Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, Northampton,Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow clinics.

Downtime

Since the procedure is done under local anaesthetic you are free to return home as soon as you are ready, meaning that there’s no real downtime. The majority of our patients return to work within 1-2 days. You’ll experience some mild discomfort for a little while, which can be managed with painkillers. The stitches will fall out naturally and your dressing can be removed after one week.  You will have initial swelling for a few weeks, and after about 4-6 you should feel back to your normal self.

It is important to note that you will be unable to breastfeed following nipple reduction surgery and this must be considered in advance of any procedure.

 

Areola Reduction Surgery

The pink or brown skin surrounding the nipple is called the areola.  If this area is very large, not round in shape, raised or domed you may want to consider areola reduction surgery.  The procedure is a minor operation that can be performed on both men and women.

The procedure can be performed under either local or general anaesthetic, aside from addressing the size and shape of the areola the procedure can also tighten up breast skin and heighten the position of the nipple.  Many patients may have areola reduction surgery in conjunction with other breast surgeries such as augmentation or uplift.

The surgery involves removing a circular segment of the outer brown area of the areola, the skin surrounding this is then brought inwards in a purse string effect to bring in the size of the areola. Absorbable stitches are used to reduce the diameter and, in most cases, our surgeons will use a permanent stitch placed deeply in the tissue to prevent widening of the areola occurring following surgery.

Areola Reduction Surgery is offered at our London, Birmingham, Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire, Northampton,Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow clinics.

Downtime

An areola reduction is a relatively minor procedure and therefore has minimal downtime. Despite this, we still advise that you take it easy during your first week following surgery. You might experience some discomfort but this can be easily managed through pain medication.  You will have a follow up appointment which will allow your surgeon to inspect your healing and tailor advice for your specific situation, based on your lifestyle.

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    The cost of Bilateral Inverted Nipple Correction starts at £2,500.

    The cost of a Bilateral Nipple Reduction starts at £1,890.

    The cost of Areola Reduction starts at £2,275.

    We don’t follow a one-price-fits-all policy and prices are quoted on a case by case basis. You will be given an accurate quote for your requirements following your consultation.

    We offer FREE consultations with our highly experienced Patient Advisors who are able to offer you all the information your require prior to meeting a surgeon. Consultations for Nipple & Areola Correction with one of our specialist Consultant Plastic Surgeons is £50 refundable upon arrival for your consultation. Please note that consultations at our Harley Street clinic are with the Surgeons.

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