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Nipple and Areola Surgery

THE PROCEDURE

Increasing numbers of women are seeking surgery to reshape their nipples or areolae (the pigmented part around the nipple). This may be to bring out an inverted nipple, to reduce a large or misshapen nipple, reduce the size of the areola or for other issues. Most nipple and areola reshaping procedures can be performed under local anaesthetic in the clinic.

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

After numbing the area with a careful injection of local anaesthetic, surgery is performed to reshape the nipple or areola according to the individual situation. An inverted nipple can be everted (corrected), a wide areola can be made smaller, or an overly large nipple can be reduced.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

Reshaping the nipple or areola can improve confidence and restore self esteem.

Other thoughts regarding Nipple And Areola Procedures

The surgery may take between 30-60minutes, depending upon the specific procedure
If an inverted nipple is corrected, a protective dressing is designed to be worn for 4-weeks after the procedure. This is to stop the nipple being squashed by a bra. For nipple reduction or areolar reduction procedures, surgical tapes and/or glue is used, and the tapes are kept in place for at least two weeks.
For the first two weeks after surgery, no heavy lifting or significant exercise should be undertaken. Slowly building up exercise intensity after that is recommended.
Nipple and areolar re-shaping is becoming increasingly popular due to its high success rates. The success rates for the correction of inverted nipples somewhat depends on the surgical technique used. This will be discussed prior to the procedure, as it can have a bearing on the ability to breast feed in the future.

In any surgical procedure, problems can occur relating to infection or delayed healing - these are more likely in people who smoke.

Bleeding is seldom a significant problem but can occur. In some people, problematic scarring (keloid or hypertrophic) resulting in thickened scars may occur.

Further surgery is sometimes required for the sub-optimal result.

Prices starts from £1500

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