Don’t let the shape or size of your nipples make you feel insecure. If you are unhappy with the way your nipples look, consider nipple reduction surgery with plastic surgeon Dr. Florence Mussat. A well-known female plastic surgeon in Chicago, Dr. Mussat will work with you to help you get the beautiful results you desire. She has a reputation of providing personalized and compassionate patient care and helping her patients achieve their cosmetic goals.
Am I a Candidate for Nipple Reduction?
Women pursue nipple reduction to improve the appearance of large, long or droopy nipples. The operation can also correct oversized, stretched-out or puffy areolas (the darkly pigmented skin surrounding the nipples). The nipples may look that way from birth, or they may have changed after breastfeeding.
Suitable candidates are women in good general health that have reasonable expectations of the procedure. They understand the typical results and possible side effects of surgery. They are able to follow Dr. Mussat’s pre- and post-operative instructions closely.
If you are interested in nipple reduction, you are encouraged to meet with Dr. Florence Mussat to discuss the procedure in detail. You will be asked to provide a medical history, information about your lifestyle and a list of medications you currently take. Together, you and Dr. Mussat will discuss the goals of surgery. Dr. Mussat will explain what can be expected before, during and after the operation. She can answer any questions that you have about the procedure, recovery and typical results.
Nipple reduction is generally performed on an outpatient basis in Dr. Mussat’s office, a state-of-the-art surgical center or hospital. Anesthesia is used to prevent any pain or discomfort during surgery.
Dr. Mussat begins by making a small incision on the nipple. If treatment includes the areola, she makes an incision around the perimeter of the areola. These incisions tend to heal very quickly and produce little to no scarring.
Through the incisions, Dr. Mussat removes excess tissue to improve the nipple size, shape or both. If the patient expresses the desire to breastfeed in the future, Dr. Mussat can try to maintain the milk ducts and nerves as best possible; however, breastfeeding after nipple surgery is not guaranteed.
When Dr. Mussat is finished making the surgical modifications, she closes the incisions with sutures and places a gauze dressing over the breasts. A special surgical bra may be placed over the breasts too, to keep the breasts held in an ideal position as they heal.
Recovering from Nipple Reduction
After surgery, the treated area is generally sore and may also be bruised or swollen. The majority of these side effects dissipate within two weeks. The breasts may feel sore for up to six weeks.
Dr. Mussat advises when it is safe to resume work, school, driving and exercise. Most patients go back to work or school within a day or two of surgery. Exercise should be put off until two to three weeks after surgery. The incision lines must be kept out of the sun for at least a year as they heal, to avoid noticeable scarring. Once the nipples have healed, the results are permanent.
Get the Results You Want
To learn more about nipple reduction, please schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Mussat. Call (312) 751-9000 to make an appointment.