Plastic surgery of nipples: what it is, risks and types

Feeling good about yourself is important, and not just emotionally, also on a physical level. The plastic surgery is responsible to correct or improve the appearance of some parts of the body. And if there is a body area especially important for women is the chest.

plastic nipple surgery

In this case, we focus on a very specific part, the nipples, which may require a plastic surgery intervention, either because these are too large or are inverted. The plastic nipple surgery can be the solution to a problem that goes beyond a cosmetic issue, affecting even to the self-esteem.

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What is it?

Plastic nipple surgery is recommended to correct irregularities or abnormalities of this area of the breast (the protruding part that is surrounded by the areola, the pigmented area), such as inverted nipples (in the case of the woman can cause difficulties during breastfeeding), nipples of different sizes or too large or bulging. A problem that, although it is true that is more common in women can also occur in men. It will be the surgeon who will have to assess which is the most appropriate surgery for each case and what the results would be.


Nipple reduction

Nipple not only grows during adolescence, but also during pregnancy and lactation, and not always recovers its shape and previous appearance.

In the case of men, a too large nipple may be associated with the so-called gynecomastia, excessive enlargement of the male mammary glands. Also, it is operated on the nipple in case of other types of surgeries, such as mastopexy or breast lift (the nipple is surgically re-positioned in the breasts that are off-center or very down).

Retracted or inverted nipples

It is a more frequent problem among women (in most cases it is a congenital problem) and can affect one or both nipples. In some cases, it may be more than an aesthetic problem, as it is associated with an increased risk of mastitis during pregnancy.


In any operation of surgery must always take into account the possible risks that can lead, however small. Among the complications that may occur in the plastic surgery of nipple include tissue damage, infection, bleeding, reinvestment of nipple, loss of sensitivity. Most of these complications can be corrected with a complementary intervention.