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Nipple Death after surgery

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The most common cause of nipple necrosis (death) after any surgery would be poor blood flow. This would be an unusual complication, but smoking, hypertension and obesity will increase your risk for this complication.

Columbus Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple and Areola Death after breast surgery

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Nipple death can occur after several types of  breast surgery namely: Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, Subcutaneous Mastectomy, Lumpectomies, and vary rarely even from a Breast Augmentation. The reason is usually  because of compromise of the blood supply or infection. This is a very unusual event for a Plastic Surgeon that is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

The Nipples and Areola,  the nipple surrounding pigmented skin, rely on blood flow both arterial and venous)  from surrounding tissues.  During breast surgery that prevents blood flow from too tight of a closure around the nipple/areaola or  separates this structure from its arterial or venous blood flow it may not  survive..Smokers (nicotine constricts the micro-vasculature to the skin, nipple and areola) and patients prone to infection have  dramatically higher rates of this complication. 

 

Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple death after breast lift

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Nipples rely on blood flow from surrounding tissues.  During breast surgery that separates the nipple from some of those sources of blood flow, the nipple may not maintain enough healthy blood flow to survive.  This is a very rare complication of breast lift and breast augmentation, as most of the tissue underneath the nipple is left intact.  Smoking dramatically increases the rate of this complication, as nicotine constricts the important small blood vessels extending to the nipple.

Portland Plastic Surgeon

Nipple Death from Poor Blood Supply..

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The short answer to a very broad topic is that inadequate blood flow will cause nipple necrosis. There are many reasons for poor blood flow depending on the type of surgery, patient health and surgical design. A big cause is smoking!

Vacaville Plastic Surgeon
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