St. Louis Breast Procedure Supernumerary Nipples

Posted: April 9, 2012 in Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Breast Procedures Uncategorized

St. Louis Supernumerary Nipples

Supernumerary [extra] nipples are a common, minor congenital anomaly. This type of breast procedure is present in 5 to 6 % of the population. They are most often found along the milk line [the line down the trunk from the midpoint of the clavicle through the nipple]. Less commonly they can be found in other locations. Unlike ectopic breast tissue they can often be identified at birth. But similar to breast tissue the extra nipple can change under the influence of hormones and can be subject to disease processes. The supernumerary nipple is typically smaller than the normal areola in size. Some may resemble the normal nipple-areola complex while others appear to be simply a “mole”. One study has shown them to be more common on the left side and more common in males. Rarely they can be associated with internal conditions, especially urologic. Excision of the extra nipple is commonly done under local anesthesia.

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