“I don’t know why we’re supposed to be ashamed of them,” said Jennifer Aniston recently when fielding questions about her prominent nipples on the hit show Friends. “If you’re going to walk out and have your nipples showing…you are perfect no matter what you are and no matter where you are and who cares!” Aniston’s outspoken position and a worldwide #freethenipple movement have made women more aware than ever about the shape of their breasts’ most outstanding feature.
Despite Aniston’s call for self-acceptance, here in Australia nipple enhancement surgery is on the rise. At Form & Face in Bondi Junction, many patients consult with Dr Benjamin Norris about nipple surgery when considering breast enhancement surgery. Nipple modification is “very much an increasing trend,” President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Professor Mark Ashton reported to HuffPost Australia.
4 Reasons Women Choose Nipple Enhancement Surgery
The patients we see at Form and Face generally have one of these complaints about their nipples:
- Too large
- Too small
- Irregularly shaped
“There are specific surgical techniques that can address each of these issues,” says Dr Norris. The thing is, however, that ideal nipple size, like ideal breast size, is in the eye of the beholder. It is also dictated by fashion…and fashionable garments. The current trend towards see-through tops has made women even more self-conscious about asymmetrical and protruding nipples.
Currently small nipples are in. “There is more of a focus now on nipple size in general,” said London-based consultant plastic surgeon, Dr Mo Akhavani in an interview with The Independent. “We have seen a 30% rise in women requesting a smaller nipple size in the last year.”
Other sources say that this is just the beginning.
The New Nipple Modification You Should Avoid & Why
Body modification is different than conventional plastic surgery. The procedures are designed to alter a person’s body in an unconventional way. (Think fake horns, scarification, and bagel heads) One of the strangest modifications is the heart-shaped nipple.
Creating heart-shaped nipples surgically is by and large condemned by board-certified plastic surgeons around the world. However, fringe doctors are happy to perform this procedure despite the fact that:
- It is considered experimental, and there is little to no scientific data to back it up.
- The risk of infection is high, often because of the lack of training of the surgeon.
- The risk of scarring is also high.
- Nipple sensation may be affected.
- The ability to breast-feed may be affected.
So what’s a girl to do if she really and truly wants to wear her heart on her breast? “Tattoos are an excellent alternative,” says Dr Norris. “The important thing is that the procedure is performed by an experienced tattoo artist in a safe, clean environment.”
Put Your Breasts in Good Hands
If you have questions about ways plastic surgery can change the appearance of your breasts and nipples, we invite you to talk with Dr Norris and take advantage of his long career working with women to improve their appearance. We guarantee you will receive an unparalleled level of patient care from the moment you call us on 02 9387 3800 or use our online enquiry form. Let us nip your breast concerns in the bud!