Hamish performs nipple correction procedures for a number of reasons.
These include nipple reconstruction after mastectomy surgery, nipple inversion correction as well as nipple/ areolar positioning correction and nipple size reduction. After a thorough consult, Hamish will decide if this surgery is suitable for you and further tailor the procedure to your specific requirements.
- Nipple reconstruction is done by recreating a nipple using your own tissue/skin
- Hamish corrects nipple inversion by either piercing your nipple with a small barbell, or a more involved surgery for more severe cases.
- Areolar / nipple positioning can be corrected by removing small pieces of skin and re-stitching the area with dissolvable stitches.
The key points of surgery are:
- Inverted nipple correction is usually undertaken in our rooms in Hawthorn under local anaesthetic. Here, Hamish will pierce your inverted nipple and insert a barbell to keep it pointing outwards. Occasionally this procedure is performed in an operating theatre if it is combined with another operation
- Nipple reconstruction surgery is performed as a day case procedure is hospital. It takes approximately 30mins and dissolvable sutures are used. You will be provided with a water proof dressing which you will keep on until your post op appointment and then we will provide you with a nipple shield to wear in order to protect your new nipple for 7-10days.
The next day after surgery:
- You can drive
- Resume working
- You can shower with our waterproof dressings on.
Patient care issues:
- After nipple inversion correction piercing, we encourage you to purchase an alcohol based after care spray to keep the pierced area clean.
- Immediately after nipple reconstruction surgery your nipple will look swollen and erect. This will settle over time and you nipple will reduce up to 50% in size.
- 6 weeks after nipple reconstruction surgery, you have the option to get your areolar tattooed around your new nipple to complete this process.