When we talk about nipple procedures, we usually refer to reducing the areola (the dark pigmented skin around the nipples), correcting inverted or enlarged nipples, or reconstructing the nipple and areola complex after mastectomy.
The procedure is performed under local anesthesia and most commonly involves correcting inverted nipples or reducing nipple size. The surgery itself takes up to 60 minutes, and recovery is expected within a maximum of seven days.
It is a relatively short procedure lasting up to 60 minutes; scars are generally not prominent and will fade over time, and the stitches will dissolve, eliminating the need for their removal.
The size of the areola (the darker skin around the nipples) is typically reduced in conjunction with breast reduction or lift procedures, but it can also be performed as a standalone procedure using local anesthesia in an outpatient setting. Correction is possible even in cases where the nipple is enlarged or elongated. Several techniques can be employed to achieve aesthetically satisfying results in nipple appearance. Nipple sensitivity and the ability to breastfeed depend on the chosen method and are generally expected to be preserved. If you are planning a future pregnancy, it is advisable to wait until after the breastfeeding period before undergoing the procedure.
Women with inverted nipples may experience challenges with breastfeeding or diminished erogenous sensitivity. Correction of inverted nipples can enhance their appearance.
During the procedure for correcting inverted nipples, it is necessary to release the connective tissue that binds the glandular tissue to the base of the nipple. Sometimes the ability to breastfeed is sacrificed to achieve good and lasting results since the milk ducts need to be cut to correct the inverted nipple. The entire procedure is performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting. After the procedure, a special dressing is required for one week to protect the nipples.