Summary: Prognosticating about what’s going to be popular in 2017 is not always the easiest thing. Plastic surgery has a tendency to be a volatile field, full of novelty and innovation. But it’s come to our attention that areola reduction and nipple surgery in 2017 is being predicted to make quite the splash this year. We’ve had our eye on nipple surgery for quite some time, and we’re excited to see what this procedure can do when it catches on.
A Big Thing in 2017: Small Nipples
Looks like it’s going to be all about nipple surgery in 2017. Every plastic surgery procedure has what I call a break out year. Brazilian Butt Lift had a break out year not too long ago. Kybella had a break out year in 2016. Now, Kybella’s a little bit different, because it’s a novel procedure. It’s not as though surgeons were performing something that suddenly grabbed the public’s imagination.
That’s what seems to be happening with nipple surgery in 2017. Now, it should be noted that nipple surgery is something completely different from the more traditional breast augmentation procedures that have been a staple of plastic surgery for decades. But nipple surgery has sometimes been performed in conjunction with breast augmentations in the past.
What seems to be unique about the trends in 2017 is just how much the nipple surgery procedure is growing—and why.
Why is Nipple Surgery in 2017 Getting Popular?
There are always procedures that make us stop and take a step back—that make us hesitate to discuss (usually those procedures are one that involve parts of the body usually conceived as having something to do with sex, such as labiaplasty or vaginal rejuvenation). There are, however, some legitimate concerns with nipple surgery.
The most compelling concern is that women are now being pressured to adhere to such a high standard of beauty that not even normal nipple variation is allowed any longer. In other words, the concern is that women will feel pressure to conform in order to be seen as beautiful. And that concern is not without merit.
What About Individual Desires?
However, we should not quickly dismiss what it means on an individual level to feel uncomfortable with the way your nipples look or feel. Indeed, women have reported an interest in nipple surgery for some of the following reasons:
- Asymmetry of the nipples might cause discomfort for the patient
- Nipples that are inverted may cause the patient to feel self-conscious
- Overly large nipples might cause discomfort during exercise or with certain types of clothing
- Patients may feel as though their nipples are out of proportion to the overall breast
- Pregnancy and nursing may change the shape and orientation of the nipple
- Other factors may lead to patient discomfort with the shape or size of the nipple
It should be noted here that we’re using the terms nipple pretty liberally. When patients discuss “nipple surgery,” they are sometimes also referring to changing the size and shape of the areola, the tissue that surround the nipple.
It’s up to the individual patient whether the nipple or areola is too large or the “wrong” shape for the patient’s body.
How Does Nipple Surgery Work?
If you are unfamiliar with many plastic surgery procedures, it might be difficult to conceive of how a nipple surgery actually works. After all, how can you actually change the size of the nipple? It doesn’t seem to make sense right off the bat. But when you think about it, an areola that’s too large is essentially composed of excess skin.
Nipple Surgery Steps
Plastic surgery has been eliminating excess skin for quite some time. In this case, an areola reduction surgery takes several common steps:
- Most areola reduction surgeries—when not performed in conjunction with other procedures
, such as breast reductions—are performed with local anesthetic on an outpatient basis.
- Incision: Incisions are made around the areola, most commonly along the perimeter of the separation between the breast and the areola. (When this is performed as nipple surgery, the incision is instead placed on the nipple.)
- Excision: Once the incision is made, the surgeon will remove the excess skin in question. You will discuss before the procedure just how much of the areola you want to remove so that the final result looks proportional to the rest of the breast.
- Stitches and Recovery: The surgeon will then generally use stitches to help you start the recovery process. It’s important that you follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions as closely as possible in order to protect your potential results.
It should be noted that not all nipple surgery procedures are about removing tissue. When patients complain of a consistently inverted nipple, different steps are taken in order to make that nipple look righted.
What Are the Risks of Nipple Surgery?
Every plastic surgery procedures comes with inherent risks. It should be noted that these risks are quite small, but it’s important that patients be aware of them nonetheless. In the case of nipple surgery, the some of the risks are as follows:
- Loss of the ability to express milk
- Asymmetrical healing
- Loss of sensation in the nipple
- Scarring of the nipple or breast
This list of risks is certainly not comprehensive, but it gives you an idea of what to expect. Talk to your surgeon about all of the risks of nipple surgery. It should also be noted that many surgeons recommend patients be done (as much as possible) with pregnancy or child-bearing in order to preserve the effects of the surgery.
Why Get Surgery Where No One Will Ever See It?
Those that conceive of plastic surgery as a shallow or vain practice usually look at the rewards of those procedures in terms of public adoration. In other words, they might think you got a nose job because you want people to tell you how much they love your nose.
That’s not the case with all (or most) plastic surgery patients. In fact, most plastic surgery patients are only trying to impress one person: themselves. They want to like what they see in the mirror.
That’s why it shouldn’t be that surprising that there’s such interest in nipple surgery in 2017. It’s not about impressing anyone else. It’s about liking what you see in the mirror, about feeling comfortable with your body and with who you are. As is the case with many other plastic surgery procedures, nipple surgery can help patients do exactly that.
If you’re interested in what nipple surgery can do for you, contact your local plastic surgeon to schedule a consultation—that’s when you’ll be able to ask all of the questions you want when it comes to how nipple surgery works and what it can do for you. You can get your nipple surgery in 2017 and take part in the trend!