Why is One Nipple Darker?

I had breast explantation with periolar lift three weeks ago, everything is going well but the only thing that worries me is that one of the nipple looks darker than the other. Is this normal? Will they get even in color with time?

Doctor Answers 4

Nipple color

Your nipples are slightly different in color most likely due to bruising which will resolve.  Sometimes the color can be different if the nipple is not healing well but given your surgery that sounds extremely unlikely.  Given enough time thigns should settle down.  Sometimes, however, if there is a lot of bruising, the color (which comes from red blood cell components) can stain the tissues as this component (hemosiderin) stays behind.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Why is One Nipple Darker?

A photo would really help to better advise. But most likely things will even in time. What does your chosen surgeon have to say? 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple Darkening

Denisse, I agree that time will probably even things out. It is easy to compare the two areolas because they are side by side and can be seen together. But actually you have had two separate procedures on two different areas and it is expected that each surgical site will heal in its own way- and  it is unlikely that the bruising, swelling, numbness, etc. will be identical.Give it time(3-6 months)and it should even out.

William H. Gorman, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
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Breast lift

Hello, Your nipple color may be altered due to bruising or simply the healing process. Three weeks is very early and a lot of changes will take place in the coming months. Be patient!

Hugh McLean, MD
Mississauga Plastic Surgeon
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