Nipple & Areola Post Op Care

The information in this section is made available through the generous support of Dr. Grant Stevens.

Should ice or heat ever be applied to the nipple/areola complex after breast surgery?  Why or why not?

Due to potential injury, heat should never be used.  In rare cases, icing may be used.  Cool compresses are frequently recommended.  You should discuss specifics with your surgeon or nurse, as different physicians have varying protocols.

How do I know the difference between normal healing discomfort and the discomfort that comes from a complication in the making?

In general, if you experience progressively worsening pain during the healing process, especially when combined with new fevers, drainage or redness of the skin, you should contact your surgeon.  General soreness that is improving over time, on the other hand, is usually normal.

After breast surgery my nipple/areola complex is dry and flaky.  Is there a safe treatment for this?

After the wounds have started to heal, a gentle moisturizer can be effective to prevent dryness.

You can also learn more about Nipple Repair here

  • Friday, 15 June 2012