At 740 Park Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, New York, led by the renowned Dr. Stafford Broumand, we recognize that the desire for cosmetic nipple surgery often stems from deeper psychological, physical, and sexual concerns. For many men1 and women, the shape, size, and appearance of their nipples can profoundly impact their self-image, confidence, and intimate experiences.2 Whether you’re troubled by inverted nipples, which might hinder breastfeeding or diminish erogenous sensation; elongated nipples, which can be a source of embarrassment in certain clothing or situations; or overly large nipples, which may affect the overall aesthetic of the breast—our goal is to understand and address the multifaceted reasons behind your decision, ensuring a holistic approach to your well-being and satisfaction.
- What Is Cosmetic Nipple Surgery?
- Preparing For Cosmetic Nipple Surgery
- Types of Cosmetic Nipple Surgery
- Inverted Nipple Surgery
- Inverted Nipple Surgery Recovery
- Nipple Reduction
- Nipple Reduction Recovery
- FAQs About Cosmetic Nipple Surgery
What Is Cosmetic Nipple Surgery?
Cosmetic nipple surgery is an integral part of the broader landscape of cosmetic surgery, designed to address concerns related to the nipples and areolas. While some individuals seek areola reduction surgery to achieve a more proportioned look, others opt for nipple reduction surgery to adjust nipple size in line with their aesthetic preferences. Nipple correction surgery often goes hand-in-hand with other cosmetic procedures like breast enhancement, liposuction, or broader cosmetic breast surgery. The primary motivation behind these procedures often revolves around boosting self-confidence and self-esteem, especially following significant life events such as weight loss. A good candidate for these surgeries is typically someone who wishes to make these adjustments to enhance their overall appearance.
Preparing For Cosmetic Nipple Surgery
Before undergoing cosmetic nipple surgery, it’s essential to be well-prepared to ensure a smooth procedure and optimal results. If your surgery at our Park Avenue clinic requires general anesthesia or sedation, it’s crucial to arrange for someone to drive you home post-surgery. A thorough review of your medical history will be undertaken by our team to assess any potential risks or complications. Some procedures might only need a local anesthetic, making the recovery process more swift. Regardless of the specifics, being well-informed and prepared is pivotal for a successful surgical experience.
Types of Cosmetic Nipple Surgery
Dr. Broumand offers specialized expertise in two prominent types of cosmetic nipple surgery designed to cater to individual aesthetic needs. The first is inverted nipple surgery, aimed at correcting and enhancing nipples that are turned inward rather than projecting outward. The second is nipple reduction, tailored for those seeking to adjust and reduce the size or length of their nipples for a more proportioned appearance.
Inverted Nipple Surgery
Nipple inversion is a common condition that affects up to 10% of women. Experiencing inverted nipples can be more than just an aesthetic concern. It can lead to feelings of embarrassment, and self-consciousness, and even cause functional challenges such as difficulties in breastfeeding or diminished erogenous sensation. Notably, some women realize that their nipples become progressively inverted post-childbirth, making this procedure a popular choice for a Mommy Makeover. Inverted nipple restoration seeks to restore a natural nipple appearance and enhance projection.
Inverted Nipple Surgery Procedure
In the process of inverted nipple restoration, the naturally occurring tight bands that extend from the breast to the nipple base are divided. This is achieved through a discreet incision made at the junction of the nipple and the areola, the pigmented circle surrounding the nipple. During this procedure, the constrictive bands are released with the utmost care, ensuring the maximum preservation of both the milk ducts and the nerve connections.
Inverted Nipple Surgery Recovery
Depending on the severity of inversion, this procedure lasts between 20 minutes to an hour. Conducted under local anesthesia in our office, patients can expect a brief downtime of a few days. Post-surgery, we place a resilient waterproof dressing and might suggest wearing a nipple shield for several weeks, for optimal recovery.
For women troubled by overly large or elongated nipples, nipple refinement offers a pathway to a more proportioned and natural-looking nipple.
Nipple Reduction Procedure
For women seeking nipple refinement, the procedure is performed conveniently in our office as an outpatient service. It involves a minor incision at the base of the nipple. Through this approach, we use dissolving sutures that are strategically placed beneath the nipple, ensuring minimal visible scarring. The goal is to tailor the nipple to a more proportioned and less pronounced size, perfectly aligned with the patient’s personal desires. Notably, most patients maintain sensation and retain the capability to breastfeed post-surgery.
Nipple Reduction Recovery
Post-operative care involves wearing a soft foam “donut” over the nipple, aiding protection during the healing phase. We’ll ensure you leave our office with a set of these protective covers, promoting optimal recovery during your first week post-surgery.
It’s worth noting that nipple refinement is another procedure that can be integrated into a Mommy Makeover. If you’re contemplating future pregnancies, we recommend postponing nipple refinement until after your nursing journey is complete.
FAQs about Cosmetic Nipple Surgery
What is cosmetic nipple surgery?
Cosmetic nipple surgery refers to procedures designed to alter the size, shape, or projection of the nipples. Common surgeries include inverted nipple correction and nipple reduction.
How long does the surgery take?
The duration of the surgery can vary based on the procedure and the individual’s needs. Typically, inverted nipple correction can take between 20 minutes to an hour, while nipple reduction is often completed within an hour.
Is the procedure painful?
Cosmetic nipple surgeries are usually performed in our New York City surgical suite under local anesthesia, which numbs the area and minimizes discomfort. Patients might experience mild soreness post-surgery, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relief or prescribed medication.
Can I breastfeed after undergoing cosmetic nipple surgery?
Most nipple surgeries are designed to preserve the milk ducts, so the ability to breastfeed is typically retained. However, there’s always a risk, so it’s important to discuss this concern with Dr. Broumand if you’re planning to breastfeed in the future.
Will nipple sensation be affected?
The goal of cosmetic nipple surgery is to preserve as many of the nerve connections as possible. While some temporary numbness might be experienced, long-term loss of sensation is rare.
What is the recovery process like?
Recovery can vary depending on the individual and the specific procedure. Generally, patients can expect some swelling and tenderness in the days following the surgery. Protective dressings, such as a soft foam “donut” or a nipple shield, might be recommended during the healing process.
Are there any risks associated with cosmetic nipple surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, there are inherent risks, such as infection, scarring, or unfavorable results. However, by choosing a reputable and experienced surgeon like Dr. Broumand, these risks can be significantly minimized.
When can I return to normal activities after the surgery?
Most patients can resume their regular activities within a few days post-surgery, but it’s essential to avoid strenuous exercise or heavy lifting for a few weeks or as advised by the surgeon.
Can cosmetic nipple surgery be combined with other breast surgeries?
How long do the results last?
The results from cosmetic nipple surgery are typically long-lasting. However, factors like aging, pregnancy, and significant weight fluctuations might affect the appearance of the nipples over time.
Schedule A Consultation For Cosmetic Nipple Surgery
Whether you’re seeking to correct inverted nipples or refine their size, our expert NYC team is dedicated to helping you achieve the aesthetic you desire with utmost care and precision. Rediscover your confidence with us.
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2 The Psychology of Women Quarterly (PWQ). Genital Appearance Dissatisfaction: Implications for Women’s Genital Image Self-Consciousness, Sexual Esteem, Sexual Satisfaction, and Sexual Risk. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2931365/. Accessed September 7, 2023.
3 PRS Global Open. Surgical Correction of Inverted Nipples. Available: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7413770/. Accessed September 7, 2023.