20 Jun “Need To Know” News On Nipples Before Your Breast Augmentation
Dr. John Park practices in Newport Beach, California and answers many questions about breast augmentations and nipples. Many of the questions are related to how the look of the nipples and areola will be altered due to the breast augmentation they will undergo.
When most women talk about their “nipples” what they usually are referring to is the areolas. The nipple is the center projection of the nipple areolar complex. This is where milk comes when breastfeeding, and also has the erectile properties when the breast is cold or stimulated. Some women have problems with inverted nipples, while others feel their nipples project too much. A breast augmentation can solve these issues.
The areola is the darkly pigmented skin of the center of the breast. Sometimes areolas have some small bumps called Montgomery glands. Most commonly, women contemplating breast surgery have some concerns regarding the size and shape of the areola, so this is something that the patient and surgeon need to be on the same page about.
Does The Areola Size Change After Breast Augmentation?
The simple answer is no. The nipple-areolar complex (NAC) will either be unchanged or perhaps look a bit fuller, however, the areola does not get larger from a breast augmentation alone.
Is Changing The Shape Of The Areola Possible During A Breast Augmentation?
Yes, however, to accomplish this, a surgeon must perform some type of breast lift (mastopexy) or breast reduction. Some women have large and over-projecting areolas with or without some degree of breast sagging. Frequently a peri-areolar mastopexy can correct this. During the procedure, some of the areolar skin is removed, and a purse-string-type suture is used to cinch up the skin around the areola to achieve a narrower diameter.
If I have Retracted Nipples, Can They Be Repaired During A Breast Augmentation?
Yes, this issue can be treated as well. The reason for the retraction is that there are ducts attached to the nipple from the underlying breast tissue, which inverts the nipple. These ducts can be divided to allow a regular or non-retracted appearance to the nipple. However, it is very possible that this can affect nipple sensitivity or breastfeeding. In some women, this can be done at the same time of the breast augmentation, but it can also be a separate procedure.
Contact Newport Beach Breast Augmentation Surgeon Dr. John Park
So, there you have it – everything you wanted to know about nipples. And if you have more questions, Dr. John Park has the answers. All kidding, aside, there are many things that can be accomplished should you be unhappy with the size or shape of the areola and nipple. Contact Dr. John Park in Newport Beach at (949) 777- 6883 for a full private consultation to discuss treatment plans.