I had surgery 2 weeks ago my right nipple is fine. My left nipple came out purple now it is starting to get color but still has dark spots. My surgeon says it will heal but it will take a few months. That the nipple blistered and thats why it is still dark. It just does not look right to me. Am I going to have horrible scars after this? Does this look okay to you?
Nipple Discoloration After Breast Lift
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Changing Nipple / Areola Complex after Surgery
Thanks for posting pictures with your question - it makes the answers much more informative for other readers and allows us to give you more specific advice. You are only two weeks after surgery, so please do not worry - you are going to be fine. It appears that you have a small area of superficial necrosis of the areola which turned black. While this is not common, it can happy. In the vast majority of cases, the area will heal just fine. You will be very surprised how nice it will look 3 to 6 months from now. It looks like your surgeon did a nice job with your surgery as you have nice shape and symmetry between the breasts.
Risks & Potential Complications of Breast Augmentation
it seems that you might have had poor circulation to you nipple with resulting blistering. Although this is a serious thing, due to the risk or loosing the nipple, it seems from the pictures that your nipple is fortunately healing. You need to follow-up closely with your doctor and refrain from smoking, heavy exercises, and wearing tight bras until everything heals.
Wound healing problems after surgery
It looks like you had an augmentation mastopexy. Your breast shape is beautiful, so you should feel good about your overall result. It looks like the right nipple-areolar complex is struggling for adequate blood supply. That's why part of it appears black and the rest is still a little dusky (light purple). It sounds like your surgeon is following you closely and managing this well. Have faith, and have a lot of patience. I'll bet you'll be just fine when all is said and done. You may need a small scar revision (usually done in the office under local anesthesia), if you need anything at all once it's all healed.
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Delayed healing of nipple after breast lift
It appears that the nipple/areola suffered diminished blood circulation and there were areas of skin loss. This is always a small risk with a breast lift, and the risk is greater if breast implants are done at the same time as making the pocket for the implant divides more blood supply and the tension of the breast lift closure over an implant is greater. That being said, this of course does not happen most of the time. It is much more likely to happen in smokers, and so if you are in fact a smoker or around a good amount of second hand smoke, you should my all means avoid this. Although this will take several weeks to heal in, and some months to settle down and mature, in most cases the results are still good. The good news here is that the majority of your nipple/areola was not affected. Once the wounds are closed, some measures to reduce the risk of hypertrophic scars (elevated red rope-like scars) can be utilized, which you doctor can discuss with you.
Nipple discoloration after breast lift
It appears from your photo that the nipple in question has had decreased circulation that has led to partial loss of the nipple. Often times these can heal very well with careful treatment and followup. Please do not smoke or use anything with nicotine as this can inhibit your ability to heal.
Nipple discoloration after breast lift
On reason why the nipple looks purple is because the bloood is getting in better than it is getting out. It may be puffy and feel "full" as well. Likely this will get better as the blood vessels recover. It may take several months though.
Hard to say what the long term look will be of the areola that had some healing problems. Very often, they go on to heal quite fine. You just have to give it some time to do so.
Dark nipple on one side after breast lift caused by diminished blood flow.
When breast tissues are surgically cut during breast lift procedures, skin flaps on the lower poles of the breasts (adjacent to the vertical incisions) and the nipple areola complexes can have some impairment of circulation. Superficial layers of the skin can die, causing blistering and delay in healing, but ultimately healing just fine. Or, larger areas or the full thickness of the skin or areola can have inadequate blood flow to survive. In these cases, your surgeon may ask you to help the healing along with dressings you change frequently as the scabbing and dead layers come away and are replaced with healing healthy tissue. True, this may mean somewhat more scarring, but you have scars already, and these usually do heal just fine. In rare cases where the amount of skin loss is greater, additional surgery may be required, but ultimately still ending with a good result! You have beautiful shape early in the process, so your surgeon has done a skillful job with the procedure; unfortunately, your surgeon cannot increase the capillary blood flow to your nipple.
However, if you are a smoker, or expose yourself to second-hand smoke, or use nicotine gum, spray, or patch, this is absolutely harmful to your micro-circulation, and should be completely stopped immediately! This is something I require of every one of my surgical patients because of the 15-20% possibility of this kind of ischemic healing concern in smokers. In non-smokers, these kinds of circulation impairments can still occur, but are much more uncommon (around 1%). Bleeding, excessive swelling, too-tight closure, or too-large implants (when used) can add to the healing difficulty.
Be patient, see your doctor frequently, and follow his advice. You WILL have scars, and they may be slightly more on the side with the discoloration, but "horrible" is just plain unlikely. Keep things clean and call your doctor if you note signs of infection (increase in pain, redness, swelling, or purulent drainage). BTW, bad scars can be revised, so you still have a "safety net" if things aren't OK as time goes by.