The following information sheet is intended to assist patients preparing for nipple surgery with Dr Nicholas Lotz.
Conditions that affect the nipple include:
- Inverted nipples
- Nipples or areolas that are too large
The nipple is made of two parts: the nipple and the areola. The nipple is the projected part and the areola is the dark pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple.
Shortening of the breast ducts can result in a nipple that is inverted, or pulled in. In minor cases, the nipple can be corrected by pulling, but returns to its inverted state shortly after. These cases do not usually require surgery and you can breast feed normally.
In more severe cases, the inverted nipple can only just be corrected by pulling it out, or is totally unable to be pulled out to its normal position. These are good cases for surgery. Severely inverted nipples can impact your ability to breast feed.
If nipples or areolas are too large they can also be reduced.
After the surgery
Post-operative Recovery and Follow-Up Care
You will be discharged the same day and usually only need Panadol for pain relief.
You will be reviewed a week after the surgery and the stitches are often dissolving. You can return to work in a day or two.
Risks of nipple surgery
- Healing issues
- Sensation change
- Recurrence of nipple inversion
- Injury to milk ducts and inability to breast feed
These risks will all be explained in detail to you during the consultation.