Very large areolas or inverted nipples can be experienced as very unpleasant or uncomfortable. This problem can often be taken care of with a relatively minor surgical procedure. The nipple consists in fact of 2 parts: the nipple and the areola. The nipple is the protruding part and the areola is the dark-coloured area around the nipple. During the consultation, the plastic surgeon will determine which part of the nipple needs correction.
During the first consultation, you and the attending plastic surgeon will discuss the nipple correction. Our surgeons specialise in performing nipple corrective procedures and we will guide you through the preparation, the treatment itself, and the aftercare.
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The different types of procedures
There are different forms of inverted nipples. A nipple can be misshapen from birth and grow inwards during puberty. Sometimes we need to disconnect the milk ducts that lead to the nipple in order to correct this. This means that you will not be able to breastfeed after the surgery. A normal shaped nipple can also grow inwards. The nipple can be retracted and permanently supported by a temporary loop or piercing. After this procedure, you will still be able to breastfeed as the milk ducts remain intact.
Nipples that protrude too much or are too long can be hereditary or it can be the result of breastfeeding. This can be adjusted by removing part of the nipple. The procedure can be done under a local anaesthesia.
There are several ways to reduce the size of an enlarged areola. The breast gland and milk ducts will usually stay intact, meaning that you will still be able to breastfeed after the surgery. A correction of an enlarged areola can be done by the removal of a part of the pigmented skin around the nipple or around the areola. An areola reduction is often carried out in combination with a breast lift or breast reduction. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia.
After the procedure
You can experience some pain after the surgery for which you can take some pain relief medication, preferably paracetamol. We advise against aspirin as this increases the chance of bleeding. You can resume your daily activities after 24 to 48 hours.
Risks and complications
There may be some bruising, which usually includes swelling. Another complication that may occur is an infection which shows itself by pain, swelling, redness, and pus coming from the wound, or by bleeding. The procedure may leave some visible scars, permanent pigmentation, changes in sensitivity, or asymmetric nipples. A second procedure may be required when the nipple inversion comes back or the asymmetry is very noticeable. Women can sometimes still breastfeed after the surgery, while it may have become impossible for others. Please contact us immediately If you experience sudden problems.
Make an appointment
For more information about the possibilities of a nipple correction with Aesthetic Centre Jan van Goyen or to make an appointment, please contact us via telephone number 020 – 3055 847 or send an e-mail to email@example.com. You can reach us during office hours between 08:30 – 16:30 hours.