Nipple & Areola Post Op Color

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

Why is the color of the nipple/areola complex darker then the rest of the breast?

Most people have more pigment-containing cells in their areolas than the surrounding breast skin, causing a darker coloration.  

Why is the color of my nipple/areola complex not different in color from the rest of my breast?

There is a wide variety of areolar colors, and some are distinctly different from the breast skin, while others are more similar or nearly identical in color to the breast skin.  These are all normal variations.

Does your nipple/areola complex always lose color with breast surgery?

Different people have different responses to surgery.  Often, the color remains the same, however, darkening or lightening of the pigment can also occur.    

You can also learn more about Nipple Repair here

  • Friday, 15 June 2012