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What Are Nipple Injections: Benefits, Side Effects, Safety

What Are Nipple Injections?

Nipple injections are the gel-like fillers that are injected into the nipple to make them more pointed.

During the Nipple Injection procedure, hyaluronic acid (a gel-like material) is injected into or around the nipples. Hyaluronic acid is also naturally found inside the body. It adds volume to the nipple and gives it a better shape.

Artecoll is also a common filler and its injections have also been found to be both feasible and effective in increasing and maintaining nipple projection.(1, 3)

What Are Nipple Injections?

Nipple injection is mostly taken up by people after breast reconstruction surgery as the procedure flattens the nipple.(2) The injectable used, makes the nipple natural and pointier.

Also, those with a small and inverted nipple, opt for Nipple injections procedure to make them pointed.

Nipple injections have also been nicknamed as designer nipples after it became popular amongst many celebrities.

Procedure: How Is Nipple Injection Given?

Before giving the nipple injection, nipples are measured by a medical professional with the help of a ruler.

The person going ahead with the procedure explains his expectations. This would help the medical professional to determine the volume to be added. A different amount would be required in each nipple.

The Nipple injection procedure can be done in the medical office. It involves the following steps:

  • Rubbing alcohol is used to disinfect the skin, to avoid any kind of infection from occurring.
  • A syringe containing the gel is prepared. It may also contain a numbing medication to reduce pain.
  • The filler is injected into the nipple or the surrounding skin. The needle is withdrawn and the skin gently massaged to distribute the filler.
  • The procedure is then repeated similarly on the other nipple.

The results are experienced right away. Once the Nipple injection procedure is completed, the person can resume normal activities. High-intensity exercises should be avoided.

Nipple injections can be combined with other procedures as well. But, then the procedure would be different.

Benefits of Nipple Injections

Other than enhancing the size and shape of the nipple, nipple injections have no benefits.

It is a cosmetic procedure and does not improve breast health and wellness.

Side Effects Of Nipple Injection

Nipple injection is a safe procedure. Yet, like any other medical procedure, bags the possibility of certain side effects that include:

  • Necrosis of nipple
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Infection
  • Inflammation due to filler being injected into the milk duct
  • Pain
  • Bruising
  • Rash
  • Tenderness
  • Allergic reaction
  • Lump due to filler

The risk of complications of Nipple injection procedure depends on many factors including the overall health and the underlying conditions.

Pregnant and breastfeeding females should avoid getting nipple injections. The filler can get injected into the milk duct leading to inflammation. Being a new procedure, not much research has been done to study its impact on the ability to breastfeed in the future.

Those looking forward to going ahead with the nipple injection, make sure to look for a qualified medical professional, plastic surgeon, or dermatologist. This would ensure a safe and successful Nipple injection procedure.

Is Nipple Injection Safe?

Nipple injection is a safe procedure with very few side effects. There is a possibility of developing swelling, redness, and pain. If done incorrectly, it can lead to inflammation of the milk ducts. The pressure of the filler can also lead to tissue death in the nipple.

Getting it done by a qualified professional reduces the risk of the side effects and gives the desired results. Also, you need to get it done by someone you feel comfortable with.

Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Sheetal DeCaria, M.D.
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Sheetal DeCaria, M.D. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:November 18, 2020

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