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Keeping Abreast Of Nipple Fillers

Posted by Dr Dutta on 17 October 2018

The use of fillers in Cosmetic Surgery has been well documented over the last three decades. They have been used safely and effectively in many guises for well over a century now, since Austrian Surgeon Robert Gersuny experimented with Vaseline as soft tissue filler in the late 1800’s. Now, a surprising new use has been sprung on our unsuspecting cosmetic community with the use of fillers to enhance the nipple (areola) areas.

The safe injections of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers have been used some time with regards to reducing facial lines and enhancing that ´movie star lip-pout.´ The growth of reality television and the explosion of multi-media celebrity coverage on-line is thought to have encouraged a sector of able bodied physical enhancement disciples to start requesting fillers elsewhere on the body. However, this latest trend is thought to have been attributed to the appearance of American model and Kardashian TV personality Kendall Jenner whose – noticeable breast formations have inspired this particular revolution.

The spiritual home of the surgical enhancement is of course America; it’s no surprise that in the land were litigation is King; the approach to Nipple enhancing injections is a surprisingly cautious one, especially in the field of Cosmetic Surgery. 

Although the use of fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane may give the desired effect of enhancing the nipple and its prominence, it does not necessarily follow that the procedure can be deemed as safe. The American Food and Drug Administration has not yet interpreted the procedure as safe and in fact, the procedure of injecting the nipple with any sort of filler is considered by the FDA to be at best painful and may only last as a cosmetic enhancement for around the six month period; with the risk of breast and nipple infections noted as probable and high. We must take notice of the potential complications that Macrolane posed for our patients when we used it for enhancement of breast volume.

So, until the procedure is thoroughly tested and medically approved, it’s wise to not keep abreast of this particular and potentially damaging trend.