Just like any other body part, nipples come in a variety of shapes and sizes. A small percentage of women and men have one or two nipples that are too large, are inverted, or are not symmetrically aligned on the breasts. Nipple repair surgery can address these issues.
There are a number of different ways to perform the procedure, depending on the specific conditions pertaining to your nipple. For flat or inverted nipples, our surgeon makes a small incision and pulls out the recessed part of the areola, securing it with a suture so it doesn’t fall back in. For overly large nipples, our surgeon removes a wedge and sews the remaining tissue back together, leaving a firmer, smaller nipple. The nipple can also be repositioned on the breast.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is recovery like? Nipple repair is an outpatient procedure, and you leave on the same day that you receive the surgery. You will likely wear a dressing for the days following the surgery to contain the swelling. The recovery time is relatively quick for a cosmetic surgery, and you are able to return to daily activities within two to three days of the procedure.
Will I still be able to breastfeed? Nipple repair surgery should not interfere with breastfeeding. If the nipple surgery was done in conjunction with breast reduction, the ability to breastfeed is dependent on the amount of tissue removed. You may want to wait until you are finished breastfeeding children to complete this surgery. If that is not an option, the more time that elapses between the surgery and the start of breastfeeding, the better.