Breast surgery often focuses on the size and shape of the breast tissue, but many concerns with the nipples and areolas can cause uncomfortable symptoms and affect self-confidence. Some women may struggle with the appearance of their nipples and the darker skin tissue surrounding them (areolas). Nipple repair surgery is a breast procedure that can improve these cosmetic or functional concerns and improve self-esteem.
Common Nipple and Areola Concerns and Causes
The most common nipple and areola concerns Dr. Carlos Chacon hears at Divino Plastic Surgery involve inverted, enlarged or stretched nipples and puffy, large or discolored areolas. These changes may happen due to congenital defects, age, weight loss or hormonal changes during puberty, pregnancy and menopause.
Inverted nipples are a congenital problem that causes the nipple to retract in the center and may also happen with sagging breasts or infections, such as mastitis. This condition may affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed comfortably or effectively.
Women may struggle with hypertrophic (large) nipples, regardless of breast size. Hypertrophic nipples may chafe and rub against the fabric of a bra or shirt and cause embarrassment due to visibility under clothing.
While these problems are primarily cosmetic, they can also affect how the breasts function and significantly impact a woman’s confidence in her body, especially during intimate moments. Corrective surgery can improve these concerns and address asymmetric nipples.
Nipple Repair and Areola Surgery
Corrective surgery for the nipple and areola can restore breast appearance and self-esteem. The procedure details depend on your specific concerns, such as inverted nipples or puffy areolas.
Dr. Chacon improves the appearance of inverted nipples by creating a small incision at the base of the nipple within the areola tissue to conceal the scar. Then the shortened milk ducts are released or carefully divided. He uses tiny sutures to hold the nipple in a projected position, and a small splint is placed for healing.
Nipple repair surgery can also reduce enlarged or prominent nipples and reshape stretched nipples after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Additionally, it can address differences in areola shape and size. Breast lift or breast reduction can help women achieve an elevated bust or smaller breasts, respectively, in addition to improved nipple placement and areola size and shape.
Why Choose Divino Plastic Surgery in San Diego
Dr. Chacon is an experienced plastic surgeon who takes great pride in the artistry and skill involved in cosmetic surgery. He has worked with and trained under some of the most accomplished surgical minds in the industry at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Southern California.
Our cosmetic surgeon takes the time to understand his patients and their cosmetic concerns and goals before crafting a surgical approach designed to help them reach their desired look. He believes the physician-patient relationship is crucial for safe and effective cosmetic surgery and ensures every patient understands their procedure and possible results.
If you struggle with abnormal nipples or areolas, contact Divino Plastic Surgery in Bonita, California, today to schedule a consultation. Call (858) 633-7546 or fill out our online contact form.