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nkoesterphoto 12-27-2009 08:41 PM

Breast Lift & Nipple Color Change
Hey there... freaking out over here!!

I had a breast lift using Periareolar Incisions and Saline Implants placed under the muscle to fill in the lack of breast tissue... My right breast was lifted using the Periareolar Incision to a more youthful postion and lifted more using an Implant, while the left breast was only lifted with the Implant - the areola was not moved.

I'm 23, 120 pounds, and in great Health. My breasts were a 32D before Surgery, and after are a 32D - there was no change to my size - as the implants were just replacing the breast tissue that was lost after an illness where I lost alot of weight.

I am almost 3 weeks post op & about 3 days ago I noticed that my right areola - the one that was moved up, is almost 3 shades darker than the right. I noticed this shortly after I was pulling on a bit on my nipple, because it has a bit of a flattened apperance and I wanted to see if it would become "hard or erect" when touched.

I've read that you can have complications with tissue dying several weeks after surgery from improper care. Do you think that this discoloration could be the tissue dying? And if so, could it be because I was tugging on my nipple? I've read that the tissue can die because the skin is pulled too tightly from the stiches - and now I'm freaked out that I was pulling to hard and caused the tissue to die.

Any help would be great. I do have an appointment with my plastic surgeon tomorrow morning - but I can't go another minute without some kind of help... I'm making myself sick with worry.

robyne00 12-28-2009 05:59 PM

Before I give you any info and/or insight, why were you pulling/tugging on your nipple? I understand you might have been worried about nerve damage (aka losing feeling in the nipple), but were you doing this for an extended period of time?

la_angel 01-01-2010 06:15 PM

Can I ask why your surgeon took a different approach for each breast? Was this a reconstructive procedure :confused:

I am also concerned with the tugging of the skin you described. With plastic surgery, it's generally best to not touch the incisions (except for cleaning) until they heal.

As you stated, it very well could be dying or damaged tissue (but without the other nipple to compare it to, it's difficult to say). Your plastic surgeon should be able to provide a clear answer. What did he say during your appointment?

robyne00 01-01-2010 06:43 PM

I agree with la_angel. Definitely speak to your surgeon. ASAP!!!

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