Common nipple conditions that can be corrected surgically by Dr Kumar include inverted nipples, nipples that are too large or protruding, and mis-shaped nipples. Nipple/areola surgery can usually be combined with other types of breast surgery. Many of the techniques can also be performed in our dedicated procedure room under local anaesthetic.
Nipple Surgery Technique
While some women develop inverted nipples after breastfeeding, others can get elongated, darkened and thickened nipples, with an associated widening of the areola.
This can cause embarrassment to some women as the nipples can show through clothing. In women that wish to undergo breast augmentation or breast lift surgery this may make the nipple projection even more obvious and so a nipple reduction can be performed at the same time as your surgery.
Inverted Nipple Correction
There are different degrees of nipple inversion, some nipples are easily everted while for others the nipples are inverted all the time.
Mild cases (grade I)
This can be treated by a suction type device or short-term nipple piercing.
Intermediate cases (grade II)
Surgery is usually required in these cases.
Severe cases (grade III)
Correction requires surgery to divide all the tethering tissue including the milk ducts. Although this will typically solve the problem, the patient will not be able to breast feed and may lose nipple sensation.
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Your Nipple Surgery Recovery
Nipple/areola surgery can be performed under both general and local anaesthetic. The procedure is usually done as day surgery. You may experience some mild discomfort over the first week, for which simple analgesia will be prescribed.
Recovery from nipple/areola surgery is generally quick and easy, and many patients can return to their normal activities after a few days. Strenuous exercise involving the upper body should be avoided for two weeks.
Meet the Experts
Dr Rohit Kumar is an Australian trained and fully certified cosmetic plastic and reconstructive surgeon.
Dr Kumar completed his Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree in 1995 at the University of Queensland. He subsequently went on to successfully complete a Masters Degree in the field of Burns Surgery in 2004 – MMedSci (Burns)
His advanced surgical training commenced in the specialty of General Surgery in which he trained for four years. This gave him a solid foundation of technical knowledge and surgical perspective upon which he then built his considerable skills, once he commenced his advanced training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The Australasian training scheme in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is one of the most thorough and rigorous in the world and upon successful completion of this training, over a period of ten years, Dr Kumar was awarded his Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – FRACS (Plas).
He thus brings over 15 years of surgical experience to his practice having been involved in over ten thousand procedures in that time.
If you are considering a surgical procedure on your nipple and/or areola region, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.
Potential complications and risks associated with nipple/areola surgery include:
The Risks include…
- Variable loss of sensation