Nipples & Breast Surgery: What You Need to Know

When you’re planning breast surgery, one of the concerns you are likely to have relates to what happens your nipples. When the breasts are to be altered significantly, it makes sense that the nipples would also be affected. The specifics of nipples after breast augmentation and other procedures varies among individuals, but there are some general facts you may like to know.

Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipples can be corrected during breast surgery to improve the overall appearance of your breasts. Normally, inverted nipple correction tends to require just a small incision through which your board-certified plastic surgeon can turn the nipple outwards. Great care will be taken to ensure you can still breastfeed after breast augmentation or other breast surgery, should you wish to do so.

Resizing Nipples

When you have a breast reduction or breast lift, you may also wish to have your nipples resized due to large areolas or puffy nipples.  

The nipples may also need to be relocated during breast reduction or breast lift surgery.

 This can be discussed with your board-certified plastic surgeon during your initial consultation. Although there’s no guarantee that sensation will be preserved, most women will regain feeling in their nipples after breast surgery.

Nipples after Breast Augmentation

Immediately after your breast augmentation, your nipples may appear to be higher on your breast than normal. This will generally settle down as your breasts recover from the procedure and any swelling subsides. Similarly, your areola and nipple may seem a little stretched initially, but return to their previous dimensions over time. Your board-certified plastic surgeon will make every effort to ensure no lasting changes are made to your nipples after breast augmentation, in terms of ability to breastfeed.

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