About Nipple Correction
Growing a family is such a wonderful experience, but pregnancy can create some unwanted changes to a woman's body. Most commonly, women experience changes to the shape and projection of their nipples, especially with breastfeeding. This can leave them with an unflattering contour that can prevent them from feeling beautiful or from showing off their body confidently. Seasoned plastic surgeons Drs. Francisco Canales and Heather Furnas offer nipple correction surgery to help restore the natural contour of the breasts. At Plastic Surgery Associates Novato, we can address overly large nipples or areolas and nipple inversion. Call our office in Novato, CA to schedule a private consultation to learn more. We will be happy to sit down with you to create a custom treatment plan that will help you attain your cosmetic goals.
Types of Nipple Correction
Large nipples can be caused by breastfeeding, hormone changes, or genetics but can be corrected with nipple reduction surgery. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas have helped countless women with elongated or overly large breasts attain a more symmetrical appearance.
There are different degrees to this condition, ranging from mild to severe. For this reason, some inverted nipples can be easily corrected with simple methods while others cannot. Generally, inverted nipples are caused by short ducts or tethering tissues that pull the nipple inward.
The areola is the dark area that surrounds the nipple. Some women have areolas that become enlarged or stretched after puberty, breastfeeding, or extreme weight fluctuation. This correction surgery alters the size of the areola to complement the natural contour of the breast and nipple for a proportionate shape.
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You are a good candidate for nipple correction surgery if you are at a stable weight, not breastfeeding, and are past childbearing. Typically, women who opt for nipple correction want to improve the following conditions:
- Elongated or stretched nipples
- Overly wide nipples
- Inverted nipples
- Reduce the size of the areola
- Correct the projection of the nipple
- Improve the overall shape and size of the nipple
Nipple correction surgery is a cosmetic procedure that is performed on-site in our accredited surgery suite. Typically, the procedure takes about one hour to perform, and individuals will be free to go home the same day. The technique used for your nipple correction will depend on the type of surgery you need: nipple reduction, inversion correction, or areola reduction. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas utilize modern methods and will make incisions along the natural contour of your areolas or nipples to provide a gorgeous outcome. During your consultation, Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas will review your condition and create a custom treatment plan that focuses on your needs and goals.
What to Expect
Nipple correction is generally an outpatient procedure and many patients are able to return to work the following day. After your surgery, a nipple protector will be provided, which should be worn under the bra for 1 – 2 weeks. We recommend that you refrain from strenuous exercise until cleared by Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas. Typically, a follow-up appointment is scheduled about 7 – 10 days after surgery to ensure everything is healing properly. Results can be seen right away, but optimal outcomes will occur in the months that follow as the swelling goes down and the nipples settle into their new position.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does a nipple correction cost?
It's important to focus on finding a highly trained plastic surgeon who will provide the best care possible instead of searching for the lowest price. Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas will take their time to listen to your concerns and review your condition thoroughly to create a personalized treatment plan. Since every surgical plan will vary from patient to patient, costs will differ and can be discussed during your private consultation.
Can I still breastfeed after a nipple correction surgery?
We recommend that patients be finished with breastfeeding and childbearing prior to undergoing this procedure. Generally, patients will be able to breastfeed after nipple correction, but this is not guaranteed. During your consultation, we will discuss your questions and discuss the surgery so you can have realistic expectations.
Will I lose the sensation of the nipple after a nipple reduction?
Typically, nipple sensation is not a problem after surgery since the sensory nerves are located deeper within the tissue than where the incisions will be made. In some cases, patients may experience loss of sensation, which is why it's important to understand all the potential risks prior to undergoing surgery.
Can I have a nipple repair at the same time as a breast lift or breast augmentation?
Yes. If you wish to combine a breast lift or breast augmentation with your nipple correction surgery, then be sure to mention this to Dr. Canales or Dr. Furnas during your first visit. Once they understand your cosmetic goals, they can create a custom treatment plan that will meet your needs.
Plan Your Procedure
Improve your bust
Are you unhappy with the overall appearance and contour of your nipples or areolas? Thanks to nipple correction surgery, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas can address elongated or stretched nipples and asymmetrical areolas so you can feel sexy and confident. Call Plastic Surgery Associates Novato in Northern California to schedule a private consultation today. We look forward to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals.