Nipple & Areola Correction
For both women and men, it's not uncommon to want to improve the appearance of the nipples and areolas. Enlarged nipples can show through clothing, causing self-consciousness in both women and men. Breastfeeding, weight gain, and gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts) can all result in stretched, unattractive areolas. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arthur Cambeiro specializes in breast enhancement surgery. He performs nipple and areola correction surgery to help Las Vegas patients feel more attractive and confident both in and out of clothing.
To find out how Dr. Cambeiro can improve the appearance of your breasts with nipple and areola correction, request a consultation or give our office a call at (702) 734-4100.
Nipple & Areola Anatomy
While the areola and nipple together are often referred to as the "nipple," they are actually 2 distinct structures. The nipple is the projected part, and the areola is the darkened, pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple.
Reasons for Nipple & Areola Correction
Dr. Cambeiro performs nipple and areola correction to help both women and men feel more confident in and out of clothing. He personalizes each procedure to the patient's concerns, and he commonly corrects one or a combination of the following concerns:
Inverted nipples may be caused by shortened connective tissue or milk ducts that pull the nipple inward instead of allowing it to protrude. This typically congenital condition may affect one or both nipples, in women and men. Nipples can be inverted to various degrees, which include:
- Completely flat
- A slit-like depression
- A hole at the normal nipple location
Having an inverted nipple is more than just a cosmetic problem for women because it may inhibit the ability to breastfeed or enjoy stimulation. Though generally not a serious medical condition, many people want to repair the nipple for aesthetic reasons.
During nipple correction surgery, Dr. Cambeiro makes a small incision in the areola and releases the fibers that cause the nipple to pull inward. The simple, minimally invasive procedure may be performed using a local anesthetic and usually takes less than an hour.
Women and men who are unhappy with the size or shape of their areolas may choose to undergo areola reduction. Areolas may become enlarged for various reasons, including:
- Genetic predisposition
- Losing weight while having large breasts
- Breast enlargement
During areola reduction surgery at our Las Vegas practice, Dr. Cambeiro removes some of the pigmented areola, either by an incision around the outside of the areola or by an incision around the base of the nipple. The reduction may result in a slight breast lift and may also produce irregularities at the incision line if the reduction was significant.
Enlarged or elongated nipples can cause self-consciousness in both women and men, with and without clothing. Reasons for enlarged nipples include:
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Dr. Cambeiro performs nipple reduction surgery to improve the appearance of the nipple. This procedure reshapes or reduces the size of just the nipple, although it can also be combined with areola reduction. Nipple reduction can also be combined with breast enhancement procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction.
Nipple & Areola Correction FAQ
Will surgery affect my nipple sensation?
Any incision around the areola or nipple can reduce sensitivity; however, in most cases normal feeling returns within about 6 months.
Will my inverted nipples make it difficult to breastfeed?
Inverted nipples may make it difficult for the baby to latch onto the breast and therefore make breastfeeding frustrating for both baby and mom. However, in some cases nipple surgery may affect breastfeeding. If shortened milk ducts are causing the nipple to invert, they may need to be completely detached and no longer function. During your consultation, we will weigh the pros and cons together to choose the solution that is best for you.
Do most patients who come to you for nipple correction surgery have it performed along with another breast procedure?
Most patients have their nipples reduced or have correction of inverted nipples independently of other breast surgeries. It may seem like a small procedure, but nipple and areola surgery has improved the lives of many women and men.
Should I have areola reduction surgery if I am planning to become pregnant?
I recommend waiting until afterward because it's likely that your areolas will become stretched again by pregnancy and breastfeeding. If pregnancy is far off in your future, it may make sense to have the procedure sometime soon.