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Breast Reduction Went Well...Except My Nipple is Going to Fall OFF! - West Bloomfield, MI

I've had large breasts my entire adult life. Same...

I've had large breasts my entire adult life. Same story as most women; back problems, difficulty exercising, constantly uncomfortable. I researched surgeons and chose a well recommended, board certified plastic surgeon. I had the procedure done 3 weeks ago. The procedure itself was fine. Minimal pain, significant bruising and swelling, nothing too major except my nipple turned black and is in the process of FALLING RIGHT OFF!

Within 24 hours after surgery I noticed that my right nipple looked a bit purple. I called the surgeon and a nurse answered the call. She mentioned that the doctor had noticed a discoloration during the procedure (which no one told me or my husband about). I was told to place cold compresses on the right side (it was very swollen). That seemed to help with the swelling, but in the course of a few hours my nipple became even darker.

I called the surgeon back later in the evening and spoke directly to him. He mentioned that he removed a significant amount of tissue on my right side and that he "thought this might happen." Long story short, after several post ops the surgeon told me there is nothing that he can do. It basically looks like a big black scab that is going to peel off.
Also, there was a random cut on the left side of my breast. Up high, not near any incisions. No mention of this by the surgeon again. I'm frustrated and upset. I didn't realize that this was a possible side effect and it makes we wonder if my surgeon screwed up. :/
I don't smoke, I'm young, healthy, and exercise (I completed the Insanity workout a few weeks ago). The shape of my breasts is great and the reduced weight is wonderful. The procedure was still worth it, but I obviously wish my nipple was intact. I'm scared and nervous about what's going to happen and what it will look like when it does fall off.

Post-Op

I had a post op yesterday and the surgeon reiterated that the nipple will fall off. He stated that he didn't want to debride it because he didn't know how deep the wound is. So basically, I just have to deal with this until the scab falls off in 2-3 weeks. It's gross and annoying that the healing process is taking much longer, but it is what it is. My husband is sick of me talking about it, so I'll just come on here if I need support. :) Thanks everyone for your kind words. It really makes me feel better since this isn't something you can casually bring up in many conversations. Haha.

Still Healing

I've had several post ops with my surgeon since my last post. He is confident that everything will heal within 2-3 months. After that, I plan on getting a tattoo on the nipple area. It doesn't hurt, but the affected area is getting larger. The doctor wasn't concerned about that at my last visit although it freaked me right out. It looks terrible right now and I'm having a lot of emotional distress about it, however, I know that in time it will be fine. Thank you everyone for your support. I'm planning on continuing to post throughout my healing post so that I can help anyone else who goes through this.

Still going through a thoroughly disgusting healing process.

The healing process for losing a nipple is gross. And emotionally tough. It's hard to look at everyday. I know the end result will be fine, but right now it looks horrible. I'm including some additional photos so if anyone else goes through this they will know what to expect. That's been the hardest thing for me. Not knowing if what I"m going through is normal. My doctor has been very helpful in explaining things to me, but it's still scary and unsettling to see my body going through this And it was obviously not what I expected to happen going into this procedure. The surgeon says I have about 6 more weeks to heal completely.
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Hi, I just want to let you know that you will get through this. Just lean on the Lord. He will get you through. I will pray for you.
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It happened to me when i was 17. I had really urge breast...and my right nipple died and had to be removed. The surgery points opened and i had half of my breast in flesh for almost 4 months. As you, i was healthy, no smoker and no other health issues. 7 months after the reduction, i had to get my surgery re-done with make the scars look less horrible and to reconstruct the nipple. After all this time, now im 31 years old, i still have some menthal issues about it... i never told about it with my friends, i feel not so confident to be naked in front of guys...i actually I never had a boyfriend and I just have night stands with some guys im sure I wont ever see them again, because i feel ashamed and i think nobody is going to love me that way. Im sorry to say those things, but i hope your husband can support you more on this journey...and nowdays the technology is great, im pretty sure you'll be able to fix it in the better way possible. A big hug, wish you the best.
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I to am going through what you are going through, I just had surgery two weeks ago and my right nipple died also, I live here in Michigan. I'm scared an sick about this hole thing, my husband won't even look at me now. I cry when I see myself my stitches open up under my other breast and it is a mess also, I'm in a lot of pain and been to the ER three times in the past week.. I would like to talk more to you just not out in the open like this. My email is .. K.bear08@hotmail.com if you could help me throughout this by talking to me that would be great.. Best of luck to you and thank you for sharing your story.. K.bear 08
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Hello, LR! How are you? I hope you're doing better and your nipple has healed. I'm praying for you and I know it will look good after it's healed!
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I'm so sorry you went through this, it's scary not knowing what will happen next but you do have great shaped boobs and they will heal and you will come through this. You've done really well and been very strong. I really wish your surgeon was more supportive, I don't understand why he can't explain what the other cut is?! Have you asked any RS doctors for their advice?
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I'm so sorry to hear you're going through this. Hugs to you. I have seen the tattoo work done for nipple area, and they are truly amazing, so I have high hopes for you there. Kudos to you for handling it so well, and you are definately in my thoughts and prayers.
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Hi my Michigan sister I hope that you are doing better i will keep you in my prayers.
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The shape of your breasts is really good and your incision or should I call it a wound looks more healthy as time progresses. I know it must be so difficult dealing with this day in and day out and I admire your courage. Thank you for your posts and I wish you only the best. You will remain in my thoughts and prayers.
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You're progressing really nicely. U have the most beautifully shaped boobs. Everyone has a troubled boob. Mine's lefty and I call her precious. Hope you're in good spirits and know that this part is temporary. It will be behind you.
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Thank you for sharing this with us. It is so kind of you to think that it will comfort others in a similar situation. I am sure it will. The shape of your boobs is lovely, it will be great when they have healed completely and you have the tattoo.
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It will soon be a memory. ⌣»̶·̵̭̌·̵̭̌✽̤̈̊ŦЂɑ̤̥̈̊П̥̥̲̣̣̣KƧ̣̣̣̇̇̇̇✽̤̈̊·̵̭̌·̵̭̌«̶⌣ for keeping us updated. And you are handling it so well. *HUGS*
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I am really sorry for you that it happens to you and I wish you all the strength dealing with this. It is very couragious of you to thake pictures to put on this page in order to share the process with us. Thank you.
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Awww, I am so sorry you're going through this :( You have such a good outlook about it, though. I'm very impressed with your attitude. Many would be m-f-ing their surgeon, and complaining. You must have been very well informed about the risks and complications that could arise from the procedure. Kudo's to you, and despite the wound, your shape is really good :) Keep positive!
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You have a beautiful shape to your new breasts and im really sorry to hear your having a complication which is upsetting you this way. You seem to be taking the initiative though by deciding to get a tattoo to soften the image and make yourself more comfortable. I think thats great of you finding solutions to sometime that others would just sit and be upset about. Also your left nipple is very small and dainty so i am sure a tattoo would blend right in with it! (Trust me, my nips are puffy and raised) so glad your health is otherwise ok and hope coming here has helped you like it has me. X
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Thank you so much for your honesty and courage. So often we hear of the perfect recovery and the best ps in the world but let's be honest, noone is perfect and everyone has some degree of difficulty. The human body is wonderful in its healing and I am sure you will continue to improve. I wish you the best and I am looking forward to your future posts. I hope your husband is being more understanding.
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Your size looks really nice, and I am sure the nipple is bothersome but I bet they can do a really good job with the tattoo cover. My husband is tired about me talking about boobs too, I thought men loved talking about boobs? men! Anyway I think you will be really happy next summer and your boobs will look amazing in a bikini. Keep your chin up, it's going to work out.
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Oh, I feel so bad for you. Your BR sisters here are always willing and able to listen to you and you always have our support! Thanks for chronicling your journey as it may help others in the future! Best wishes for a complete healing!
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Hi there honey you hang in there if you want to talk I'm a very good listener men just don't get it really look my surgery has had problems I infection etc have been in and out of theatre 3 times I had my review surgery on the 19 th lol I have had this really bad pulling feeling like one that makes you grab and scream lol I'm like omg anyway I really cannot fault my Surgeon he's just so so wonderful he seem to think he's caught a nerve in a internal stitch and was going open up in the clinic and snip a few stitches lol it has got better and so I told him yesterday no it's ok now but I did a lot yesterday and this morning felt the pull again I've rang him he replied straight away I said I think it will settle he said yes thinks I did to much but he's ringing back tonight to see So we will see I have one more appointment next week if all goes well guess that it I'm really happy with everything he's been brilliant but this has been going on like since March I'm impressed with that also as he has nt rushed me out the door lol He did say he had been worried about my nipple cos in theatre it started to lose colour but I'm lucky nothing happened except I did have a clean out under the nipple last week bit if fat Nacroses blood etc. I knew the risks and was prepared for the worst I thought we'll always Tattoos I'm sorry for you though poor darl keep me updated and our very welcome to talk to me anytime Unless you have been though this I don't think anyone understands and I would do it again even knowing what can happen because I hated my large breasts life is better you will be fine thinking of you and sending hugs and xxxxx
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It is a tough situiation you are in with no support at home but if you can vent on here it is a good thing. I am sure your ps will ix the nipple when he feels the healing process is ready. Your breasts look great otherwise. A very nice size and shape. You said you are in good health so i am sure this will sort itself out in time. Patience is such a factor in the healing process. I wish you well. Please keep the faith.
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I wish you all the strength and luck. I suppose you are in no pain because of the nipple?
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Sorry about your nip. Other than that you look really good.
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I'm sorry to hear about what your doc said. Keeping you in my prayers and we are all here for you :)
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So sorry about your nipple, I guess it's always a risk.....your size and shape looks fantastic, hang in there!
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I'm sorry to hear that your having a had time with your recovery hang in there it will get better... What doc did you go to here in michigan? My surgery is oct 10 and I have a Michigan doc...
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