Breast Augmentation: Questions Answered

Breast Augmentation | Breast Implants | VirginiaWhen women are having a “boob job” or breast augmentation, a major concern that is discussed frequently is in regards to the shape of the nipple and how the areola will change. Specifically, does having breast implants affect the size and shape of the areola?

When discussing “nipples,” what some women are really referring to is the areolas.  The center projection column is the nipple (where milk comes out when breast feeding).  The areola is the darkly pigmented skin of the center of the breast. Sometimes areola have some small bumps called Areolar glands or Glands of Montgomery.  Most women contemplating breast surgery have some concerns regarding the size and shape of the areola, not so much the nipple itself.

Do breast implants change the size of the areola?

The nipple areolar complex (the entire areola and nipple) will either be unchanged or may look a bit fuller. But it does not get larger from a breast augmentation alone.

Can the shape of the areola be changed?

Yes. To do this, a board certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Magassy, must perform some type of breast lift or breast reduction.  During the procedure, some of the areolar skin is removed and a purse-string suture is used to cinch up the skin around the areola to achieve a narrower diameter to the nipple areolar complex.

What can be done if the nipples themselves are retracted?

The reason for the retraction is that there are ducts attached to the nipple from the underlying breast tissue which invert the nipple.  A procedure by itself, or with breast augmentation, these ducts can be divided to allow a normal or non-retracted appearance to the nipple.

If you’re considering a breast lift, breast implants or breast augmentation within the Washington DC and Northern Virginia area, contact top rated, Dr. Magassy of Plastic Surgery Associates, PC.  His private surgical suite is conveniently located in McLean, VA for patients in DC, Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

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