While many women may be happy with the size and shape of their breasts, they may be self-conscious about the size and shape of their nipples. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we offer nipple refinement to address irregularly shaped, excessively large or inverted nipple tissue, as well as reconstruction of nipple or areolar areas affected by a mastectomy or other trauma.
One of the most common nipple conditions is known as nipple hypertrophy, or enlarged nipples. This may include long, asymmetrical or overly prominent nipples, and if this is the case, you may want to undergo a nipple reduction.
A nipple reduction can be performed alone or in conjunction with another procedure. Depending on what you choose, Dr. Terrasse will utilize either a local or general anesthetic, and begin by making a small incision at the center of your areola. After removing the right amount of excess skin and tissue, he will reshape your nipples into a smaller, more attractive shape. The process takes less than an hour, and any pain or discomfort will resolve within a few days. You will be able to see a difference immediately, but your final results won’t be visible for several months. You will have some scarring, but it will fade and is typically hidden in the border of the areola or in other skin creases.
Inverted nipples are another fairly common issue, affecting about two percent of women. Besides being a cosmetic nuisance, it can also affect the ability to breastfeed. There are several causes of inverted nipples, including short or scarred milk ducts, or a narrow nipple base, as well as various degrees of severity. No matter the cause or degree of inversion, this condition can cause women to be self-conscious about the appearance of their breasts.
Like the surgery for enlarged nipples, inverted nipple surgery can be performed alone or in conjunction with another procedure. Dr. Terrasse will make an incision near base of the nipple and stretch the underlying fibers in order to release the nipple into its proper position. He then places dissolvable sutures to hold the nipple in place while it heals. Any scarring is hidden in the areola, and you will be able to see results within a couple of weeks, once the minor bruising and swelling recedes.
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If you undergo a mastectomy, you may be able to preserve your nipples, but that isn’t always the case. If you decide to pursue reconstruction surgery, either immediately after your mastectomy or later in a delayed situation, Dr. Terrasse can use one of several options for the creation of a nipple using a skin flap. The flaps are made using skin from your chest, and are contoured into a nipple shape and elevated from your reconstructed breast. To create an areola, you have the option of choosing a skin graft or a 3D tattoo to complete the natural look of your new breasts. In some cases, a 3D tattoo may be appropriate for the entire nipple areolar complex.
If you are have enlarged or inverted nipples, or you want to reconstruct your nipples after mastectomy surgery, Dr. Terrasse can utilize his skill and experience to improve the appearance of your breasts. Call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery today at 847-234-2400 to schedule a consultation, and get back the self-assurance that you may have lost.