Nipple/Areola surgery, also known as nipple correction surgery or nipple inversion correction, is a cosmetic procedure aimed at correcting inverted or misshapen nipples. This procedure is suitable for both men and women who are bothered by the appearance of their nipples and wish to enhance their self-confidence. In severe cases, inverted or flat nipples can even affect breastfeeding.
During the surgery, which is usually performed under a local anaesthetic, Dr. Veerle Rotsaert utilises various surgical methods and techniques based on the severity of the condition and the desired outcome. The specific approach may involve releasing the tissues and encouraging the nipple to project outward, reducing the size of the nipples, or correcting nipple asymmetry. In most cases, a small scar is placed at the base of the nipple to facilitate the correction. However, it’s important to note that stubborn cases of inverted nipples may require a subsequent procedure for optimal results, although this is uncommon.
Nipple inversion is typically caused by an imbalance between the inward traction on the milk ducts and the outward pulling force of the surrounding muscles. When the inward tethering force of the milk ducts outweighs the outward force, it results in inverted or flat nipples, with the severity ranging from grade one to grade three. Grade three represents the most severe form of nipple inversion.
Apart from inverted nipples, many individuals are also dissatisfied with other aspects of their nipple appearance. Concerns such as oversized, asymmetrical, or droopy nipples can cause significant distress. However, the good news is that these aesthetic issues can be effectively addressed through nipple/areola surgery, which offers minimal downtime and produces minimal scarring.
Pre-procedure Preparation: If you’re considering nipple surgery with Dr Veerle Rotsaert, it’s important to schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns and goals. During this consultation, Dr V will evaluate the appearance of your nipples, assess any functional issues, and understand your desired outcome. She will explain the different types of nipple surgeries available, such as nipple reduction or correction of inverted nipples, and discuss the suitable approach for your individual situation. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will guide you through the pre-procedure preparations, which may include certain medical tests and adjustments to medications, ensuring the best possible outcome.
Risks and Potential Complications: Nipple surgery, like any surgical procedure, carries certain risks. Dr Veerle Rotsaert believes in providing her patients with transparent and accurate information. During your consultation, she will explain the potential risks and complications associated with nipple surgery, such as infection, changes in nipple sensation, scarring, or uneven results. However, with her expertise and precise surgical techniques, Dr V aims to minimise these risks and ensure a safe and successful procedure.
Pre-procedure Instructions: Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide you with detailed pre-procedure instructions to follow before your nipple surgery. These instructions may include guidelines on medication management, dietary restrictions, and lifestyle modifications to optimise your safety and surgical outcome. It’s crucial to follow these instructions carefully and address any questions or concerns you may have with Dr V’s team to ensure a smooth and successful procedure.
Preparing for Recovery: Proper preparation for the recovery period is essential for a successful nipple surgery. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide you with personalised guidance on how to prepare for your recovery, including arranging for assistance with daily activities, ensuring you have comfortable post-operative garments, and understanding the healing process. Dr V will provide you with detailed instructions on post-operative care, including guidelines for managing swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Throughout your recovery, Dr Veerle Rotsaert and her team will be there to support you and monitor your progress.
Questions to Ask: When considering nipple surgery, it’s important to have all your questions addressed. Here are some key questions to ask Dr Veerle Rotsaert during your consultation:
Nipple/areola surgery is typically performed under local anaesthesia with sedation, ensuring your comfort throughout the procedure. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will carefully administer the anaesthesia, tailoring it to your specific needs and ensuring your safety at all times.
The duration of nipple/areola surgery can vary depending on the complexity of the case and the specific techniques employed. Generally, the procedure can be completed within one to two hours. However, it’s important to note that the length of surgery may be influenced by factors such as the severity of nipple inversion, the need for additional procedures to address asymmetry or nipple reduction, and individual patient considerations. During your initial consultation, Dr. Veerle Rotsaert will thoroughly evaluate your condition and provide you with a more accurate estimate of the surgical timeline based on your specific case.
Following nipple/areola surgery, you can expect to see immediate improvements in the appearance of your nipples. Dr. Veerle Rotsaert’s skillful techniques and personalized approach aim to achieve natural-looking results that enhance your overall breast aesthetics. The correction of inverted or misshapen nipples can significantly boost your self-confidence and improve your body image.
After the surgery, it is important to follow Dr. Rotsaert’s post-operative instructions diligently to optimise your healing process and ensure long-lasting results. This may include wearing a supportive garment or dressing over the treated area to provide stability and promote proper healing. Dr. Rotsaert will provide you with detailed guidelines on how to care for the incision site, manage any potential discomfort, and gradually resume your daily activities.
The recovery timeline after nipple/areola surgery varies from patient to patient. In general, you should plan for a few days of rest and limited activity immediately after the procedure. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide specific instructions regarding the duration of downtime and any restrictions on physical activities or exercise.
It’s important to allow your body ample time to heal and adjust. While individual recovery times may vary, most patients are able to gradually resume their normal activities, including work, within a week or two following the procedure. Dr Rotsaert will monitor your progress during post-operative appointments and guide you through each stage of your recovery to ensure optimal results.
Dr Veerle Rotsaert is dedicated to minimising the visibility of scars following nipple/areola surgery. She employs meticulous techniques and places incisions strategically to ensure the scars are as inconspicuous as possible. Over time, these scars will fade and become less noticeable.
To aid in scar healing and minimise their appearance, Dr Rotsaert will provide you with comprehensive post-operative care instructions. These may include specific wound care, scar management techniques, and the use of medical-grade skincare products. By following her guidance, you can help promote optimal healing and achieve the best possible aesthetic outcome.
“Nipple surgery can address various concerns and help individuals achieve the aesthetic appearance they desire. As a plastic surgeon, I understand that nipple-related issues can affect one’s self-esteem and confidence. During your consultation, I will carefully listen to your concerns and evaluate your unique situation to determine the most suitable nipple surgery approach for you. Whether it’s nipple reduction or correction of inverted nipples, my goal is to provide natural-looking results that align with your expectations.”
The recovery period following nipple/areola surgery can vary from patient to patient. Typically, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort in the treated area. Dr Veerle Rotsaert will provide you with specific aftercare instructions to facilitate a smooth recovery.
While individual recovery times differ, most patients are able to resume their regular activities within a week or two after the surgery. However, it's important to follow Dr Rotsaert's guidance and allow your body adequate time to heal before engaging in more strenuous activities.
Dr. Veerle is known for her meticulous approach and personalised treatment plans. She understands that each patient is unique, and takes the time to listen to their concerns and goals. With a deep understanding of the latest advancements in plastic surgery, Dr. Veerle utilises innovative techniques to achieve natural-looking and harmonious results.
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