The color and shape of the breasts change a lot throughout a person’s life. Puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and medical conditions contribute to changes in breasts. The areola, which is the circular part that surrounds the nipple, goes through changes too. Some people have issues with their areola that require aesthetic correction.
Some of the issues are purely cosmetic, while others are a result of medical conditions. Areola and nipple repair are surgical procedures that change tissues to restore the shape and function of the areola and nipple. Here is how to know if you are a candidate for an areola and nipple repair.
If You Have Inverted Nipples
Inverted or retracted nipples point inwards or lie flat. Some women may not know that they have an inverted nipple until they have a baby and breastfeeding becomes their worst nightmare. Most people with inverted nipples were born that way. However, some cases of inverted nipples are symptoms of something more serious.
Breast cancer, scarred milk ducts, and short milk ducts can cause inverted nipples. Severe nipple inversion can cause cracked nipples and engorged breasts, leading to mastitis. A surgical procedure that corrects the position of nipple muscle and milk ducts can help to fix inverted nipples.
If You Have Asymmetrical Nipples
Everybody has a degree of asymmetry in the shape and size of their breasts. However, some degree of asymmetry is extreme. Some patients have congenital conditions that cause nipple and areola asymmetry. A surgical procedure corrects areola and nipple asymmetry. Some skin and muscles are removed, and the nipples are repositioned to attain symmetry. Breast lift and breast reduction surgery patients undergo nipple realignment to correct asymmetry.
If You Have Enlarged Nipples
Hypertrophy is a condition in which nipples and milk ducts grow abnormally large. People with enlarged nipples can choose to undergo nipple reduction surgery. Enlarged nipples may not necessarily be a medical issue, but they can lower someone’s self-esteem and confidence.
Areola reduction and nipple reduction surgery are common with both men and women. It involves removing the excess tissue that makes the nipple and areola look undesirable. Men with elongated nipples that point downward are also candidates for nipple reduction surgery.
If You Need Nipple Reconstruction Surgery
Nipple reconstruction surgery is a result of different conditions. Blunt trauma to the chest can cause tissue loss, leading to nipple repair surgery. Breast augmentation patients have nipple repositioning to match their new breasts. Mastectomy patients need nipple reconstruction surgery to replace missing nipples. People with one or more than two nipples require correction surgery.
Extra Requirements to Consider
If you have any of the above conditions, you are a candidate for nipple repair surgery. For you to consider nipple surgery, make sure that you are healthy. You must be free from drugs and substances. Do your research and have an open mind on the results of the surgery. In some cases, you may have to undergo multiple procedures to attain the best results. If you have other underlying conditions, consult with your physician.
For more information on breast surgery, visit Miami Aesthetic at our offices in Miami, Florida. You can also call 305-851-3020 to schedule an appointment with a professional.