I had a breast reduction 2 months ago and my nipples are way too high, placed somewhere between 19 and 15cm. I know it's still too early for the final result, but I'm afraid they will not get any lower. How long should I wait before I consider "repairing" that?
Nipples Too High After Breast Reduction
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High Nipples after a Breast Reduction
Overly elevated nipple complexes after a breast Reduction / Breast Lift is a known complication which will NOT get better with time. As gravity changes the shape of the breasts and pulls them further down the unflattering results are termed STAR GAZING NIPPLES. Correcting this deformity is challenging.
The correction is best done when the breasts have achieved their stable position and the post surgical inflammation has subsided - usually 6-8 months. At that time several techniques may be used based on how high the nipple /areola are located, the ideal location of the nipple complex on the breast and the location of the under the breast fold.
Speak to your surgeon and see what he/she suggests.
Nipples Too High after Breast Reduction?
I'm sorry to hear about the results after breast reduction surgery. I would suggest waiting at least 6 months after surgery before contemplating revisionary surgery. At that point, you may want to visit with several well experienced plastic surgeons to discuss options.
Nipples too high
If your nipples were set at 19 cms or so, they may be a bit high for you. You will have to wait at least 6 months or longer to have them revised, but it is very difficult to lower the nipples.
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It sounds unlikely that your nipple/areola complexes will settle lower. It is best to wait 3-6 months after surgery to allow settling and softening of the breast tissues before attempting to lower the nipple/areola complex.
Overly high nipples after breast reduction
Unfortunately this will not self-correct and even surgical revision is difficult. You should wait 3-4 months and then visit some other surgeons for their advice. The best way to position the nipple is based on its relationship to the crease below the breast rather than by measuring from the sternal notch. That way, I never see this problem. The only patients who have come to me with this have all had their nipples positioned based on the distance from the notch.
Nipples can be lowered after breast reduction.
1) This is one of the hardest deformities to correct after breast reduction. The nipples will not come down on their own.
2) Wait several months to allow the scars to soften before having a revision. When, the nipples are brought down, I am afraid you will have vertical scars above the nipples.
Correction of Highly Placed Nipples
You should wait another 4-5 months to see if there is any change in your situation. Unfortunately there probably will not be an improvement; in fact, it may worsen if some "bottoming-out" occurs. It is almost always possible to elevate the nipple-areolar complex but it is very difficult to lower a nipple which has been placed too high.
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