Nipple & Areola Enhancement

For some women, inverted nipples, large areola, or protruding nipples can be a cause of discomfort or embarrassment. Though these conditions are not often discussed, largely due to self-consciousness, they are very common. In most cases, a woman’s nipples are asymmetrical, either inverted due to shortened breast duct tissue or protruding, often after breastfeeding. Luckily, nipple enhancement surgery in New York, which includes inverted nipple correction and nipple reduction in NYC, offers easy solutions and minimally invasive techniques.

Planning

During your initial consultation, renowned Manhattan plastic surgeon Dr. Loeb will review your history and discuss your complaints. At that time, he will advise you on the best procedure to correct your problem. For example, women who complain of inverted nipples can be divided into three categories: Grade I, Grade II, and Grade III. Grade 1 nipple inversion means that the nipples may occasionally evert without manipulation; Grade II inverted nipples require manipulation to pop out; and women with Grade III nipple inversion cannot evert their nipples under any circumstances. (It is very common to have different grades for each nipple.) After assessing your individual circumstances, Dr. Loeb will recommend the appropriate surgical or non-surgical options to address the issue.

Procedure

Most nipple enhancement surgery is minimally invasive and takes about an hour. Depending on your desired results, Dr. Loeb will recommend inverted nipple correction, length reduction, areola reduction, or a combination of two or more procedures. Surgery begins with a very small incision at the base of the nipple that, when healed, will be virtually imperceptible. Through this incision, Dr. Loeb will release tethering fibers and the foreshortened duct (to relieve inversion); remove a pie-shaped wedge (width reduction); or remove a section at the end of the nipple (length reduction). These procedures are generally performed in Dr. Loeb’s private surgical suite.

Recovery

Your recovery after nipple reduction, areola enhancement, or nipple inversion correction will be very fast. You may leave the office as soon as you are ready, and can return to work the following day. You may resume light exercise within three days of your surgery. For 10-14 days following the procedure, Dr. Loeb will ask that you not wear restrictive clothing or compression tops; in lieu of bras, tank tops or camisoles should be worn.

Related Procedures

Nipple correction, whether it be enhancement or reduction, is often performed as a single surgical procedure. However, nipple enhancement surgery in New York may be combined with breast augmentation, breast reduction, or breast lift, as well as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction, or facial rejuvenation.

For more information on nipple reduction, areola enhancement, or nipple inversion correction, call Dr. Loeb’s office at 212.327.3700 to schedule your consultation.

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