Gainesville Nipple Repair Surgery
Regardless of the cause of your dissatisfaction with your nipples, Gainesville plastic surgery can offer a solution. On average, these procedures last approximately 30 to 60 minutes and are considered outpatient procedures.
Nipple repair is frequently used when men or women have inverted nipples. About 2 percent of women have nipples that point inwards rather than outwards. The severity ranges from:
- Grade One: The nipple can easily be pulled out and temporarily maintains its projection.
- Grade Two: The nipple can be pulled out, but not as easily as in grade one. Once the nipple is released it becomes inverted once again.
- Grade Three: The nipple is almost impossible to physically pull out.
Nipple inversion can be caused by a genetic defect, inflammation in the milk ducts or shortened milk ducts. In order to correct this condition, our doctor will make a small incision at the base of the nipple to release any scar tissue or shortened milk ducts. Then he will pull out the inverted nipple and secure it in its new position by inserting a skin flap or internal stitches beneath it.
Following a mastectomy, many women seek some form of breast reconstruction through implants or fat transfer techniques. In order to create a natural looking breast, your plastic surgeons can reconstruct nipples as well. The doctor will elevate skin flaps in order to create the nipple mound and then close the incisions. Once it heals, a tattoo can provide the color of a natural areola and hide any scars.
Some people may have nipples that protrude more than the average person, which may be congenital or a result of a nipple piercing. Nipple reduction can be performed under local aesthetic. If it extends too far out, Dr. Richard Nesmith or Dr. Brad Nesmith will reduce the length of the nipple and then use sutures to close it. If your nipples are too wide, he will remove tissue from beneath the nipple.
Recovery Following a Nipple Repair Procedure
Following nipple surgery, patients experience mild discomfort than can be treated with oral pain medications. Some may also have minor bruising and swelling surrounding the incision site. For most of these procedures, sutures will be removed after 5-7 days, and you will be able to resume typical activity after one to three days. However, you will need to consult Gainesville plastic surgeons for specific post surgery care instructions.
Cosmetic Surgery Center in Gainesville, FL
If you are unsatisfied or insecure with the appearance of your nipples, consider nipple repair in Gainesville, FL, which corrects a variety of different abnormalities. Dr. Richard Nesmith is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been helping patients around Gainesville for the past 25 years. Schedule an appointment today to find out how we can help you.