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Breast Surgery

Nipple and Areola Surgery

Attain beautiful and healthy breasts

What is mamilliplasty/areola surgery?

Mamilliplasty / areola surgery for the harmony between the breasts and the nipples / areolae

For gorgeous breasts, beautiful nipples and areola are as important as breast size and elasticity. The harmony between the breasts and the nipples/areolae make truly beautiful breasts.

Therefore, inverted nipples and large and sagging nipples should be corrected through inverted nipple correction and nipple reduction, respectively. Dark nipples and areola can be brightened through a whitening procedure. In addition, excessively large areola can be corrected through areola reduction.

  • Surgery Duration20 minutes to 1 hour
  • HospitalizationA day patient
  • # of Postoperative visits3 times
  • AnesthesiaLocal anesthesia or Sedation
  • Removal of Stitches7 days after an operation
  • Recovery PeriodOn the operation day
We recommend mamilliplasty/areola surgery to the following people:
  • Those who want to correct their inverted nipples for anesthetic purposes.
  • Those who experience inflammation frequently due to having inverted nipples.
  • Those who cannot breastfeed due to extremely inverted nipples.
  • Those who have overly large and sagging nipples.
  • Those who have extremely large areola compared to the breasts

Inverted Nipple Correction / Nipple Reduction

Inverted Nipple Correction

What is an inverted nipple?

An inverted nipple is a condition where the nipple, instead of pointing outward, is flat or retracted into the breast. 3% of the Korean women experience this phenomenon by hereditary factors.

A nipple is inverted when there are not enough tissues supporting the lower part of the nipple and short lactiferous ducts and their neighboring fiber tissues prevent the nipple from being protruded.

As inverted nipples ruin the beauty of breasts and continue secretion, it easily causes inflammation, disturbs breastfeeding, and does not function as an erogenous zone. Inverted nipples should be corrected since frequent inflammation and a difficulty in breastfeeding may increase breast cancer rates.

Surgical procedures vary depend on the degree of inversion: minor inversion, repetitive inversion, and constant conversion.

In addition, inverted nipple correction can be divided into the lactiferous duct preserving method and the lactiferous duct non-preserving method.

1. Lactiferous Duct Preserving Method: Breastfeeding possible

Non-incision Method

Patients with slightly inverted nipples

Similar to non-incision double eyelid surgery, small holes are made around the nipples.

Triangular Flap Method

Patients with moderately inverted nipples

An inverted nipple is pulled out and tissues are filled under the nipple to correct the inversion.

2. Lactiferous Duct Non-preserving Method: Broadbent-Woolf Method

  • For patients who already underwent inverted nipple correction one or have seriously inverted nipples.
  • It is important to preserve the functions of the lactiferous ducts for breastfeeding while preventing a recurrence of inverted nipples.
  • You cannot expect good results after only one procedure.
  • A local anesthesia or sedation anesthesia is given during an operation.
  • To achieve satisfactory results, the severity of inversion should be accurately diagnosed and proper surgical methods should be selected.
  • The surgical duration varies depending on the procedures, but generally between 20 and 40 minutes.

Recovery after an Operation

1
You can leave the hospital and go back to normal life right after an operation. You will hardly experience any pain.
2
Outpatient treatment varies depending on the procedures. Generally, you should visit the hospital three times for post-operative treatment.
3
Do not wear tight underwear for one month to attain beautiful nipples.
4
We preserve lactiferous ducts as much as possible. You can breastfeed after an operation.

Important

Postoperative complications such as bleeding and infection vary depending on the patient’s conditions. Pay extra attention to postoperative management.

Nipple Reduction

What is nipple reduction?

Generally, the diameter of a nipple is about 1cm and the height is about 7mm. However, an excessively large or long nipple is not harmonized with the breasts. This is called nipple hypertrophy. Although it does not affect the functions of a nipple, many patients want to correct it for aesthetic purposes.

Nipple hypertrophy is mostly acquired such as the enlargement of nipples after breastfeeding, but some patients have large nipples congenitally. During the surgery, the incision of the excessive nipple tissue is followed by a suture, and there is almost no scarring or side effects. Thus, patients can return to normal life right after an operation.

Surgical Procedure

1

Nipple Preserving Method

This method is generally applied to those who have elongated nipples. The skin and tissues next to a nipple are removed and the lactiferous ducts are preserved for breastfeeding.

1

Lactiferous Duct Non-preserving Method

  • The upper part of a nipple is incised in the shape of V and the incision is sutured. This method greatly reduces the size of a nipple.
  • In this procedure, part of the lactiferous ducts is removed. If too much of the lactiferous ducts are removed, breastfeeding may not be possible. This procedure is recommended to those who finished breastfeeding or will not breastfeed in the future.

Recovery after an Operation

1
You can go back to normal life right after an operation. You will hardly experience any pain.
2
You should visit the hospital three times for postoperative treatment.
3
Do not wear tight underwear for one month to attain beautiful nipples.
4
A local anesthesia or sedation anesthesia is given during an operation. The surgical sites will not be visible.

Important

Postoperative complications such as bleeding and infection vary depending on the patient’s conditions. Pay extra attention to postoperative management.

JW’s Post-operative Management System

Management system after breast surgery

After breast surgery, JW provides a systematic and specialized scar treatment program and post-operative management program for optimized results.

JW’s Know-how for Mamilliplasty and Areolar Surgery!

Postoperative management system for preventing capsular contracture, swelling, bruises, and pain
Cooperative medical system of the breast surgery team, the postoperative management team, and anesthesiologists
Use of Dantrolene for malignant hyperthermia treatment
Thorough safety management system for an immediate response to emergencies

With more than 18 years of experience, a surgeon specialized in Breast Surgery.

JW surgeon for the Breast has been performing surgery with know-how from various clinical experiences, as well as dedication to achieving the best result by medical research.

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