How is a nipple correction done?
An enlarged areola is surgically corrected by removing the pigmented skin around the nipple(areola). Our specialised doctors do this by making a small incision in the outside of the areola or around the nipple, which will leave a small scar. This procedure can be done perfectly well using a local sedative. The mammary gland and the milk ducts remain untouched making breastfeeding still possible after an areola reduction.
Enlarged nipples can also be made smaller, usually by removing a section of the milk ducts. An incision is made around the nipple and then through the milk ducts. The milk ducts in effect, pull the nipple inwards. Note it will no longer be possible to breastfeed after this treatment.
Should you still want to be able to breastfeed after this procedure, the plastic surgeon will need to know this. It is sometimes possible for him to choose a different method. Unfortunately, this does give less spectacular results, but the milk ducts remain undamaged.
Our specialists can also help you with retracted nipples.
There are two different types of retracted nipples.
The first type being the regular shaped retracted nipple that retracts on occasion. The plastic surgeon can prevent this by inserting a small ring just under the skin. When you have a regular shaped nipple, this is a quick and efficient procedure with no scarring. The milk ducts remain intact, and you can breastfeed with no problems.
The second type being a poorly constructed, retracted nipple (this problem often starts in puberty). This type of nipple is more complicated to treat. The plastic surgeon makes an incision in the nipple to detach the milk ducts. This prevents the ducts from pulling the nipple inwards. You may experience crust formation for a few weeks after this procedure. Sometimes breastfeeding is no longer possible.After your first consultation with your plastic surgeon, you will meet with our consultant. He or she will discuss the general affairs of your nipple correction.