In addition to other breast procedures, we offer nipple repair surgery for women and men who are unhappy with the appearance of their nipples. We believe that everyone should be comfortable and satisfied with their bodies, so at Poser Plastic Surgery Center, we strive to what’s best for our patients. For those who have disproportioned or ill-aligned nipples, we can correct the placement, size and protrusion of nipples through nipple repair surgery.
Nipple Repair Procedures in Gainesville
The most common reasons for a patient to elect nipple repair surgery include inverted nipples and overly large nipples. Others may have nipples that are disproportionate to the size of their breasts or nipples that are not aligned, which can cause embarrassment. Patients who have had breast augmentation or breast reconstruction surgeries may also benefit from nipple repair procedures.
Inverted nipples can occur naturally; be a side effect of breastfeeding; occur from an injury, medical condition or previous surgeries; or can be caused by significant weight loss. Inverted nipples can be embarrassing for a patient in a state of undress, and often the nipple does not become erect without stimulation, which may cause further embarrassment. There are three levels of inverted nipples:
- Patients with Grade 1 inversion may not notice discomfort, trouble breastfeeding or any other problems or abnormalities aside from “nipple shyness,” or a tendency to be inverted but are easily erected.
- Grade 2 inverted nipples generally cannot become erect without pulling, which makes breastfeeding difficult and often impossible due to moderate fibrosis.
- Patients with Grade 3 inverted nipples often experience constricted milk ducts, making breastfeeding impossible. These patients are also at a higher risk of infection and rashes due to the difficulty to maintain proper nipple hygiene.
Patients who seek nipple repair surgery usually experience Grade 2 or Grade 3 inversion as their nipples may hinder their lifestyle. Women who become pregnant or who want to bare children may not be able to breastfeed, which can cause emotional distress.
Procedure & Recovery Time
Nipple repair procedures are considered an outpatient surgery, and when done alone, only local anesthesia is used. Recovery time is generally 7-10 days, and patients usually experience minimal discomfort and soreness. Scarring can occur from a nipple repair surgery, but it is generally limited and often unnoticeable. Mild swelling and tenderness are usual, but extending discomfort or pain, as well as excessive swelling, should be reported immediately. Because they are simple procedures, nipple repair surgeries may be performed with other breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction surgeries.
Nipple inversion repairs consist of small incisions at the base of the nipples. Once the nipple has been retracted, the areola and surrounding tissue may be repositioned and secured. Dr. Poser uses interior stitches which provide a stable foundation for the areola and nipple. Stents are used across the nipple for healing and to protect the nipple’s projection.
Nipple reduction procedures are used to reduce the size and protrusion of overly large, protruding nipples. Patients may experience discomfort with nipples that are overly long or project too far. Local anesthesia is used on the patient during the procedure to reduce the length or width of the nipple. Dr. Poser may reduce the tip of the nipple for overly protruding nipples, or remove nipple tissue in order to reduce the nipple’s width. Recovery time is shorter for nipple reduction procedures, lasting 2-4 days. Mild bruising, swelling and tenderness may occur.
Nipple reconstruction is also available for patients who have undergone breast reconstruction. The most common type of nipple reconstruction include grafting of donor skin to recreate an areola and nipple. Reconstruction surgeries are generally performed after your body has healed from any prior surgeries, including breast reconstruction surgeries.
Candidates for Nipple Repair Surgeries
As with any plastic surgery in Gainesville, FL, it is important that patients have realistic goals and expectations of results. The most successful procedures are completed after a thorough consultation with Dr. Poser and involve patients who are healthy both in body and emotion. Patients should be at least 18 years old and not currently breastfeeding or pregnant.
Choosing Poser Plastic Surgery Center
Dr. Poser and the staff at Poser Plastic Surgery Center are committed to providing excellent care to all of our patients. We strive to ensure that every patient is 100 percent satisfied after each procedure. If your nipples cause you to experience discomfort, low self-esteem or embarrassment, contact us to arrange a consultation and discover how Dr. Poser can help you love your breasts.