Plastic Surgery to Change Your Nipples Is Wrong

Jennifer Cullen

Perky nipplesWhat is the least sexy part of your body? I know that it’s different for everybody. For me, I would say it’s my two c-section poochy stomach. And sure, I'm a little self conscious when I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror when I’m naked in bed with my husband. (Note to self, move the mirror.)

I wouldn't get a tummy tuck though. I know my husband doesn’t care about the pooch. And it doesn’t make him think I’m less sexy. No matter how much of a sex goddess I am, I’ll also always be the proud mother of two kids delivered by c-section.

But I just heard about a surgical procedure that made me walk into my bathroom, take off my shirt and bra, and look at my breasts and go, "huh?"

The procedure? Nipple repair: Surgically changing the size and/or shape of your nipples, your areolae (you know, the dark skin with the little bumps that surrounds the nipples), or even both.

Now, I’ve heard of women who had post-mastectomy breast reconstructions that include creating "new" nipples and areolae. And I’ve also heard of women having surgery to fix inverted nipples so that they could have a better shot at successful breastfeeding. But I’ve never heard of a woman getting plastic surgery on her nipples or areolae just because she, or her partner, didn’t like the way they looked.

And according to a plastic surgeon in California (natch), nipple surgery is on the rise. One doctor's office even goes so far as to allow you to “vote” for the perfect nipple projection and areola size combination. So, if your areolae are the size of beer coasters and you, or your man, think they're unsexy? Well, you can make them smaller. Or if you think that your nipples are too big, say the size of gherkins, and stick out too far from your breasts, you can get them cut down to whatever size you want.

Most plastic surgeries, including this one, fall into my never ever category. It just feels wrong. And for the most part, I wouldn't change a thing about my time-worn, child birthing body. Well, except maybe the continuing itchiness of my c-section scar, even though my last baby was born 12 years ago.

Would you go under the knife to change your nipples?


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