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A custom nipple repair surgery can give you the beautifully balanced, ideally-shaped nipples, dramatically enhancing the appearance of your breasts.

What is nipple repair?

Nipple repair is a procedure designed to enhance and improve the beauty of your breasts or chest. The nipple itself may be less attractive than you would like it to be, whether it’s too long, too bumpy, or puckered inward. Some patients may want to address the areola, the colored tissue that surrounds the nipple, to make it smaller and more appealing. Nipple repair includes both the areola and the nipple itself. 

What is the recovery time from nipple repair?

The recovery time is minimal, with most women able to return to work or other activities within a day or two. You may experience swelling, but generally, the surgery involves few side effects or significant discomfort. You must ensure a highly-skilled breast surgeon performs your nipple repair, so the results meet your expectations.

Why have nipple

repair surgery?

If you are one of the many women who are unhappy with the appearance of your nipples, you have the right to create the look that brings you greater joy and confidence. A custom nipple repair will create a more attractive size, shape, and structure, so your nipples look beautifully balanced on the breast mound. Dr. Courtney is among the most talented breast surgeons in Houston and is often called upon to perform this custom surgery, either as a standalone procedure or combined with a breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction.

Types of nipple repairs and procedures

There are a number of different nipple repair procedures a patient can choose from, depending on their specific needs and physical concerns. Dr. Courtney will sit down with you to discuss your concerns and expectations, and get an understanding of how you would like your nipples to look. From there, he will decide which procedure is needed to give you the results you want--nipples that make you feel attractive, secure and confident.

Areola reduction

Some areolas can be spread out across the breasts. Some patients who have lost a significant amount of weight might find their areolas are stretched. After breastfeeding, areolas can sometimes change in ways a patient feels are undesirable.  A custom nipple repair surgery for the areola will focus on reducing the size of the areola to a smaller, shapely circle that more closely surrounds the nipple.

Under local anesthesia, Dr. Courtney will make a circular incision along the border of your existing areola and remove the excess tissue, creating a smaller areola around the nipple. This procedures are very straight forward, done under local anesthesia. They each take about an hour, with minimal recovery time.Patients usually report the experience involves only mild discomfort--and the results are permanent.

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Enhancing the beauty of the nipples themselves

For the nipple itself, a repair can be done to correct inverted nipples, nipples that point or pucker inward or lie flat instead of pointing outward. Dr. Courtney will make an incision, lift and then re-stitch the tissue to allow the nipple to point outward in an attractive, appealing way. 

Some patients may find their nipples to be overly long or irregularly shaped. To correct this, Dr. Courtney will make a small incision at the base of the nipple and remove excess nipple tissue and help to shape the nipple into a more desirable form. 

Some patients, both male and female, experience puffy nipples. Puffy nipples is the name for a swollen, enlarged nipple area. This can be caused by a number of things, including hormonal imbalances, excess body fat, or in some cases, glandular issues. Dr. Courtney will discuss different options for this medical procedure to remove the excess fat and transform the puffy nipples into flat, attractive nipples.

Why choose Dr. Courtney in Houston for nipple repair?

All plastic surgeons are highly educated – but there are differences in both natural talent and training. Dr. Courtney is known for his beautiful results, attention to detail, and compassionate bedside manner, and his warm, engaging personality makes a difference in your comfort and confidence. He has an extraordinary level of training, mentored by some of the most prominent surgeons in the world at the Texas Medical Center in Houston. He has the honor of having been nationally-recognized as one of six outstanding surgeons for his research by The American Society of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Courtney has a relaxed and approachable personality, which our patients tell us is a favorite part of treatment under his care. His goal is to ensure he achieves the look you envision and that you feel sexy and confident with your nipples looking balanced, lovely, and exactly as you imagined.

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