When considering breast augmentation and breast implants, we often forget to consider the nipple. At the center of the breast, the nipple is as vulnerable as the breast itself when it comes to distortion and stretching due to stresses put on the body. Conversely, breast augmentation procedures also affect the nipples and sometimes it is necessary for the nipples to be treated with cosmetic surgery in order to achieve the desired results.
For some women who choose breast enlargement, be it a breast augmentation or breast implants, they desire that their nipples also be enlarged in order to remain proportionate to the breasts. Nipple enlargement procedures usually use tissue grafting by taking fat tissue from another area of the body then using it to re-sculpt the nipples. This is an in-office treatment that can reverse inverse nipples, increase or decrease projection and make the nipple more erect in order to increase the appearance of perkiness. Nipple enlargement procedures usually cost around $1500, and though the recovery is not as strenuous as other cosmetic surgeries, one can expect to wear a support bra for several weeks after the nipple enlargement.
Nipple reduction is a far more common procedure than nipple enlargement. Many women opt for this treatment when undergoing breast augmentation because the conditions that have distorted their breasts over the years have also had an effect on their nipples as well. During a nipple reduction, excess skin of the areola is removed to re-contour the shape of the nipples to make them proportionate to the breasts’ size and shape. Perkiness and symmetry is easily restored during this procedure. The cost will usually be between $1000 and $1500, however, when carried out as a complementary procedure, sometimes the cost is reduced. When done alone, the surgery takes less than an hour and requires very little recovery.
When deciding whether breast augmentation or breast implants are right for you, it is important to consider the affect of the procedure on your nipples. Make an informed decision about cosmetic surgery is the key to achieving your desired results.