Third nipple removal London

Nipple removal surgery is a minor and simple cosmetic treatment that removes stubborn polythelia and boosts self-esteem. With Pulse Light Clinic’s caring staff and advanced equipment, nipple surgery is made easy.


What is a third nipple?

A third nipple is a minor defect that develops on your body with similar but not identical attributes as your ordinary nipples. Third nipples are also known as supernumerary nipples, polymastia, or polythelia. Polythelia refers to additional nipples alone, whereas polymastia refers to extra nipples accompanied by the addition of mammary glands (breast tissue).

Where do third nipples come from?

Third nipples usually appear as early as the fourth week into a woman’s pregnancy. During this time, the human embryo develops the two milk lines. 

Typically, these milk lines stay thick until they form your nipples, which will then soften again.

However, sometimes a part or parts of the milk line don’t become regular (ectoderm) tissue again, eventually producing additional nipples where the area stays thick and ridged after birth and while you develop into adulthood.

What is third nipple removal surgery?

Additional nipple removal surgery is a quick outpatient procedure and will occur while you are under a local anaesthetic. 

Firstly, our expert surgeon will carefully disinfect the operating area.

After which, the procedure involves an oval cut around the nipple.

Finally, the surgeon will then excise the nipple before gently closing the wound with stitching and wrapping it in a compression cloth to prevent infection.

What is third nipple recovery like?

Despite polythelia removal surgeries being outpatient visits, the procedure is swift, and you can usually return home within the same day. In addition, aftercare is included in your treatment package, meaning follow-up appointments are common to track your progression. Our surgeons can treat any immediate complications with no additional charge. In other words, removal surgery is simply the most reliable treatment if you are looking for a permanent solution.

If you work an office job, you will generally be able to return to work within the next day. 

Your surgeon will confirm your wound’s expected recovery time during your consultation. However, your wound should not take longer than two weeks to heal.

You may be subject to follow-up visits to monitor your recovery. 

Though pain post-surgery is uncommon, your surgeon will recommend what over-the-counter medication is needed to suppress it. 

You must contact your surgeon if any of your pain or redness persists after medication.

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Third nipple removal surgery FAQ's

Where can you develop third nipples?

Possible nipple locations are anywhere on the milk line. Furthermore, the milk line ranges from the front of your torso (above your armpits) and runs down to your genitals.

What do third nipples look like?

Few extra nipples look like regular nipples as they tend not to fully develop. Consequently, primitive nipples may not be noticeable right away.

Therefore, the other nipple may appear as a tiny bump with a slightly darker colour relative to the surrounding skin, similar to a birthmark or mole.

However, some attributes unique to third nipples are their positioning, lactation ability, and unique sensation.

How common are third nipples?

Third nipples are relatively common and occur in about one to five percent of the human population.

Are third nipples hereditary?

Additional nipples are not directly inherited. But, familial links have been reported, suggesting a genetic factor.

What do third nipples mean?

Most third nipples are polythelia, meaning they manifest without any external cause.

Consequently, polythelia is not linked to any underlying health condition.

Are third nipples actually a nipple?

Third nipples are generally considered nipples. However, the level of their development ranges between patients.

A six-category classification system distinguishes the types of third nipples based on their size, shape, and surrounding tissue.

Category one is an added nipple with its areola and breast tissue.
Category two consists of only the added nipple with its breast tissue.
The third category houses just the breast tissue and its areola.
Category four consists of just the breast tissue alone.
Category five includes the nipple with its areola only.
And finally, category six is composed of the extra nipple only.

Do extra nipples produce milk?

Though not all supernumerary (supernumerary meaning “extra”) nipples produce milk, additional can produce milk.

Can you get third nipples removed?

Yes. Supernumerary nipple removal surgery is a simple and hardly invasive procedure.

Can third nipples hurt?

Since sensation is possible for third nipples, your extra nipple may be subject to discomfort. So, If this is the case for you, you should contact a specialist to set up a consultation.

Does nipple removal leave a scar?

The scar post-surgery is a single incision that follows the body's natural skin creases making it hard to see. After your recovery, your surgical scar should begin fading.

Is it safe to remove a polythelia nipple?

No. There are no health risks associated with nipple removal.

What are the side effects of excision for third nipple removal surgery?

Side effects widespread across excision surgeries (including third nipple removal) are infection, bleeding/bruising, anaesthetic reaction, scarring and nerve damage.

Fortunately, infection is an unlikely symptom of third nipple removal. However, if you are susceptible to infections or have a weakened immune system, you should raise your concerns with your physician as you may need additional care.

Bleeding and bruising are pervasive but typically minor side effects of third nipple removal. If your wound opens after surgery but fails to close, you should contact your physician for medical help.

In some cases, third nipple removal may cause damage to a nerve. A damaged nerve may result in numbness for several weeks or months but often make a full recovery. In sporadic cases, a nerve may be compromised after a third nipple removal, causing mobility issues in the area around the wound.

Scarring is common in any surgical procedure. Though there are measures to avoid or minimise scarring during and after your surgery, some scarring is unavoidable for third nipple removal. In addition, the amount of scarring will depend on the skill of your surgeon. Thankfully, our expert surgeons' focal point is to keep scarring to a minimum.

Reactions are certainly the most dangerous of all immediate side effects with surgical procedures in general. The symptoms following a reaction vary between patients but include a rash, hives, severe itchiness, swelling, drop in blood pressure, shortness of breath, coughing, etc. Fortunately, reacting to anaesthesia is extremely rare and largely preventable.

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