Many women are excited to have a breast augmentation to make their breasts fuller and more youthful in appearance. Although the nipples aren’t being worked on directly during breast augmentation, some women are concerned about how their nipples and the areolae, the darker skin surrounding the nipple, may change after the procedure. Will they be in a different location or will they look larger than before? In fact, there is a common misconception that anything undesirable about the nipples will be corrected as a result of the procedure. Be sure to mention any changes you are hoping for to your surgeon.
It is always a good idea to discuss all variables of your surgery with your surgeon before completing a breast augmentation so that you will know exactly what to expect for your case in particular. In the hands of a skilled surgeon, you can feel confident that you are taking the right steps towards being the best version of yourself in every way! Will their position change? Immediately after your surgery and for a few weeks afterward, it is perfectly normal for your breasts to feel like they are much higher up than before. However, this is only temporary! Due to the swelling of the breast tissue and the time that it takes for the implants to settle into a natural position, your breasts may appear higher on your chest wall than expected. Your surgeon has planned the surgery so that your implants will drop into a more natural position during the healing process and your unchanged nipples will follow along.
It is also important to note that inverted nipples will not change simply due to the increased volume of the breasts. A separate procedure known as nipple correction is required to fix inverted nipples, so don’t expect this to be an added benefit of breast augmentation. However, if you let your surgeon know that you would like this aspect of your breasts fixed as well, then the extra procedure can often be carried out at the same time as your breast augmentation surgery.
Will their size change?
Some women are insecure about having areolae that are asymmetrical or areolae that are too large compared to the size of their breasts. Although there are techniques to even out the areolae, your surgeon will not make your areolae or nipples symmetrical unless you mention that you would like this aspect of your appearance to be altered. Breast augmentation does not change the size or placement of the nipple or areola, despite the breasts being fuller after the procedure. Be sure to ask your surgeon about nipple and areola reduction surgery if you feel that your nipples are uneven or if you would like them to be smaller. This procedure can be carried out at the same time as your breast augmentation. If only one nipple is bothersome for you, then it is possible to alter only one of the two nipples.
Will they feel different?
After your breast augmentation surgery, your nipples will likely feel numb or more sensitive than normal. There is no need for concern, as normal sensation and sensitivity levels tend to return over the course of the healing process. You can expect the initial healing process to take about 3 months. Your surgeon will provide you with adequate pain management techniques to prevent clothing from rubbing against your sensitive nipples during the healing stage immediately after surgery.
A great way to speed up the recovery of sensitive nipples and to ensure that normal nipple sensation returns fully is to massage the nipple and breast tissue once the incisions are healed enough to do so. This type of massage will stimulate the blood flow to your breasts and can help alleviate added breast pressure caused by swelling.
Overall, breast augmentation surgery is ideal for women who want to feel more confident about the physical appearance of their breasts. Since the nipples and areolae are significant parts of the breast, asking your surgeon about how to improve these areas as well as the overall breast is an excellent idea. Your surgeon may be able to correct your nipples at the same time as your breast augmentation! Despite some common misconceptions, breast augmentation alone does not affect the placement or size of the nipples or areolae, but sensitivity changes may occur for a temporary period of time. If you have any questions, be sure to mention them to your plastic surgeon.