Nipple and Areola Correction San Diego, CA
The nipples and darker pigment surrounding them (areolas) are the central anatomical features of the breast, drawing the most attention. Some women and men develop abnormal nipples and areolas during puberty, due to a congenital condition, or later in life after pregnancy and breastfeeding. Nipple and areola correction addresses cosmetic concerns, such as inverted nipples, asymmetrical or enlarged areolas, and accessory nipples.
Brian Reagan, M.D., F.A.C.S., offers nipple and areola correction in San Diego at True Beauty Aesthetic Surgery & Medicine. Our board-certified plastic surgeon is a renowned specialist with ample training and experience. He blends science and art in a world-class, private setting to achieve the best possible results for his patients.
Am I a Candidate for Nipple and Areola Correction?
Many people dissatisfied with the appearance of their nipple-areolar complex can qualify for a cosmetic procedure to address their concerns. Some of the most common reasons women and men pursue nipple and areola correction include:
- Inverted nipples
- Enlarged nipples
- Extra nipples with or without breast tissue (accessory nipples)
- Male nipple changes from gynecomastia
- Asymmetrical nipples
- Irregularly shaped nipples and areolas
- Sagging nipples
- Prominent, too-wide, or too-narrow nipples
Candidates for nipple and areola correction should be in good physical health with no medical concerns that could increase risks during or after the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Reagan will discuss your medical history, medications, supplements, and cosmetic goals to determine if this elective procedure is right for your anatomical concerns.
Benefits of Nipple and Areola Correction
Dr. Reagan customizes nipple and areola procedures to address your unique concerns. This corrective surgery offers immediate results with continued improvement as the tissues heal and provides symmetrical, proportionate nipples and areolas for women and men. The results from nipple and areola correction are long-lasting and boost patients’ confidence and self-esteem.
Nipple and Areola Correction Procedures
The details of your procedure depend on your unique concerns with the shape, size, and overall appearance of your nipples and areolas. Dr. Reagan may perform one of these procedures in tandem with a breast procedure, such as breast augmentation or gynecomastia surgery.
A nipple reduction surgery is often appropriate for enlarged nipples, which may affect women after breastfeeding due to repetitive suckling. Large nipples may lead to skin irritation and chafing against bras or clothing. Men may also desire nipple reduction due to gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts), which also affects the nipples. Nipple reduction provides symmetrical, round, and smaller nipples. The procedure creates an incision at the appropriate level on the chest wall, removes excess tissue, and sutures the nipple-areolar complex in place to form a better nipple contour.
People with inverted nipples desire a natural protrusion. Inverted nipple correction creates a more natural breast appearance by releasing contracted milk ducts in retracted nipples that sit below the skin’s surface. The surgery releases underlying tissues for immediate results, and patients are highly satisfied with their outcomes.
Dr. Reagan may correct uneven areolas by removing some skin next to the pigmented area and suturing the tissues to form a symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing areola appearance.
For accessory nipple removal, the extra nipple, areola, and underlying breast tissue are excised for permanent results.
These procedures may require local anesthesia, IV sedation, or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of tissue adjustments and removal and whether they are combined with breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction.
Nipple and Areola Correction Recovery
The extent of your recovery depends on the details of your nipple and areola procedure and whether you combine the surgery with another one. Inverted nipple correction tends to have minimal downtime and may only require local anesthesia. Nipple reduction, as a standalone procedure, requires minimal downtime. Patients typically experience a rapid recovery after accessory nipple removal with minimal discomfort.
Dr. Reagan will provide detailed recovery instructions for you to follow after your nipple and areola correction, including how to care for the surgical site.
Nipple and Areola Correction Results
These procedures often provide immediate results that improve with time as the swelling dissipates and incision lines heal and fade. Nipple and areola correction results are long-lasting and permanent in many cases. While incision lines may take up to one year to heal, most patients enjoy their results a few weeks after their procedure when most of the swelling and bruising has gone away.
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of your nipples and areolas, contact True Beauty Aesthetic Surgery and Medicine in San Diego, California. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Brian Reagan by calling (858) 454-7546 or filling out our online contact form.