The most prevalent reason for nipple reshaping surgery is inverted nipples. This occurs when the milk ducts retract or remain shortened during breast growth, pulling the nipple inwards.
A relatively common phenomena, nipple inversion can be caused by a number of factors including trauma, disease, and breastfeeding. Inverted nipples may also be congenital (present at birth) in both men and women.
Dr Avery has over a decade of experience in plastic surgery and has been performing nipple reshaping surgery in Newcastle since 2013.
For some people, a nipple reshaping operation may be desired for more cosmetic reasons, such as a reduction in nipple or areola size, which are quite straightforward procedures. An areola reduction may commonly be performed alongside other procedures such as a breast lift or breast reduction.
A non-protruding nipple can cause problems during breastfeeding. One very important thing to consider however, is that breastfeeding after nipple surgery can at times be compromised. If you are considering surgery to correct inverted nipples, you should arrange a consultation with Dr Avery to discuss your options.
There are many different surgical techniques used to correct inverted nipples, with varying degrees of success. Dr Avery uses a procedure which involves making a small incision around the nipple and releasing the tension on the milk ducts, which allows the nipple to sit more naturally.
Depending on the severity of the original condition of the nipples, nipple reshaping surgery generally takes between 30 minutes to an hour, performed under a local or general anaesthetic.
All of our nipple reshaping procedures take place in an accredited hospital, with appropriately trained support staff.
Nipples may be swollen and tender for around a week following the procedure. Nipple reshaping surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, so you should be able to return to work the next day and resume all normal activities such as exercise after a week.
The small incision made at the base of the nipple during surgery will most likely leave a very faint, well-concealed scar.
Nipple Reshaping FAQ's
The nipple is pulled into the breast instead of pointing outward. Some nipples can be pulled out but fall back into the breast, for some it may not be possible to pull the nipple at all.
Inverted nipples can be a congenital condition, or arise as a result of disease or trauma. Often the inversion will occur with no obvious cause and at any stage. Whatever the cause, they can still be corrected.
An incision is made at the base of the nipple and the breast ducts that are often responsible for pulling the nipple in toward the breast are delicately spread and cut to allow the nipple to sit above the level of the breast. The procedure is typically completed as a day stay procedure and takes less than one hour.
Recovery usually involves only mild discomfort and 1-2 days before returning to work. Strenuous exercise should be avoided for 2-3 weeks.
There may be some swelling and discomfort following surgery. The incision areas will be protected with dressings and a foam pad will be used inside a bra to prevent excessive pressure on the nipple during the healing period.
As with any surgery there are a number of possible issues following surgery to the nipple. Pain and infection are possible early complications. Other potential complications in the long term include re-inversion of the nipple, which may need to be corrected.
As with all surgical procedures the scarring will depend on skin type. For most people the scar at the base of the nipple on the areola is well concealed.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Dr Avery is a member of the two leading professional associations for plastic surgeons in Australia, ASAPS and ASPS. Their websites provide additional information regarding plastic surgery in Australia that you might find useful, please visit ASAPS and ASPS.