Plastic surgery involves changing or remodeling tissues to restore function, improve appearance or both. In many instances, cosmetic plastic surgery involves major procedures on the face, breast or body that produce significant results. When it comes to the chest and breasts, however, it is the smallest and most central anatomical area, namely the nipple and areola—the circular, pigmented skin around the nipple—that can draw the most attention. As with many other physical attributes, some features are congenital and present since birth, whereas others are acquired and develop as a consequence of developmental, hormonal or medical factors.
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Many patients who are dissatisfied with some aspects of their nipples or areolas may not be aware of the cosmetic procedures designed to improve their appearance. This discussion will address only aesthetic procedures of the nipple and areola, although there are other reconstructive techniques which create a new nipple and areola in cases of nipple absence (whether due to removal for cancer or following trauma). The following are some of the most commonly sought after aesthetic procedures of the nipple and areola.
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