Why Are my Nipples So Low? (photo)

I had breast augmentation surgery 9 months ago ,and, while I am happy with the size, my nipples are still a bit low. My surgeon said he was going to lower my creases during my procedure, but I'm not sure if it was actually done. I have included photos and I'm wondering if this is the expected result . Would there be any procedure possible to make them higher? If so, would it be worth it to try to fix them or are my results considered acceptable? I have 425cc HP implants under the muscle.

Doctor Answers 13

Breast Augmentation Result

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I think you have a very good result.  The reason your nipples look a little low is because the position of your nipples is below the horizontal midline of the implant.  Due to the curvature of the implant, nipples below the horizontal midline will appear to be low or pointing downward and the upper part of the breast appears fuller.  The opposite is true for nipples above the implant midline; they appear to point up and the implant appears "bottomed out".  Your issue is correctable by lowering your implant, ideally, to position the nipples in the horizontal midline of the implant.  This is much easier said than done in your case because controlling how the implant settles after a revision by releasing the inferiorior capsule of the implant, breast tissue, or even the inframammary fold is very difficult and somewhat unpredicable, especially on both sides symmetrically. After release, the bottom part of your breast could stretch too far under the weight of the implant and cause bottoming out.  Based on the photos, I probably would not recommend any revision since the result from your augmentation is overall very good and often the enemy of good is perfect.  Hope this helps.

Kingsport Plastic Surgeon


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You have a nice result. The fullness on the top is a reflection of the style of implant that was used. The high profile implants have this kind of look.

Norman Bakshandeh, MD, FACS
New York Plastic Surgeon

Your implants are too high.

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From you photos, I think your implants are too high and that positioning them a little lower on your chest would help.   Your nipples would be more centered and you would not have such a bulge in the upper breast.  Let your surgeon know about your concerns because I am sure he/she wants you to be thrilled with your result. 

Lisa Lynn Sowder, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 77 reviews

Lower Nipples After Breast Augmentation

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Thank you for sharing your before/after photos.

It seems like your HP implants were placed in a may where they are not "centered" behind the nipple but a little superior to it hence your nipples are pushed a little inferiorly.

If you desire a correction, then a Benelli lift (doughnut lift) could be the least invasive but will leave your with scars around the areolae.

I hope this helps. Thank you for your question.

Dr. Sajjadian

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 205 reviews

Why Are my Nipples So Low?

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Your result loks very good but your happiness is paramount. I might consider a donut lift to elevate the N/A complexes. 


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It's because your implant are riding a little high still. In our practice we give our patients a breast band to help stabilize the implants lower.

Stuart B. Kincaid, MD, FACS (in memoriam)
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

Low nipples

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  Your pre op photos tell the story.  You have nipples that are somewhat outward pointing and the left nipple complex is lower.  All of this shows up in your pre op photos and now you are seeing them post op.

  You have a very attractive result.  However, if you are bothered by the nipple position, then you can easily raise the nipple complex but of course it is a tradeoff with the scars that would be around the nipple complex.

  You may still get some bottoming but at 9 months, you probably will not change too much with the nipple position.  It is hard to determine if your surgeon lowered the crease but I think the position of your creases is close to the preop position.  If you were my patient, I would reassure you of your options but I would also caution you to risk anything with your pretty result.

            Steven M. Lynch, M.D....Albany, New York

Remember implants don't lift the nipple

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In reviewing your photographs, it looks to me like you have a nice postoperative appearance.  The nipples are not perfectly "centered" on the breast mount after surgery - but they were not before surgery either.  I often point this out to my patients and explain that an implant increases the size of your breast; however, it does not "lift" the nipple position (with respect to the breast). The only way to really do that is with a breast lift or mastopexy.  I think you have a nice result and I would not at this time choose a breast lift.  I also would caution you from considering any "fold lowering" procedure that attempts to "lower" the implant. That can put you at significant risk for "double bubble" deformity , etc. , which can be hard to fix.  I hope this helps!

Breast Implants with Low Nipples

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You have choices. Many women would be extremely happy with the way you look and not change a thing. The implants will still get a tad lower with time. If you like the position of your implants, you could do a peri-areolar lift (around the nipple). This lift would place the nipple more centrally on the breast but would result in an incision all of the way around the nipple. Conversely, you could lower the space which the implant is in. In this way the nipple would be more centered on the implant, but you would have less fullness on the top which you may not want to loose. I suggest meeting with your surgeon to discuss these pros and cons.

Nipples are low or implants are high

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It appears that your nipples are positioned just below the horizontal midline plane of the implant. If you like where the implants are positioned (fullness of the upper pole then the only way to further improve the implant/nipple relationship is to elevate the nipple/areola. This can be achieved with a donut or Benelli breast lift. The trade off is a scar around the border of the areola. If you want to keep the nipple exactly the same position then you have to lower the implant to make the nipple appear more centered on the implant. When you lower the implant then you may lose some of the fullness of the upper pole that you come to like. Final option is to stay the way you are currently and enjoy the newly enhanced breasts. This is a good discussion to have with your plastic surgeon during your next follow up visit.

Best Wishes,

Stewart Wang, MD FACS, Wang Plastic Surgery

Stewart Wang, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

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