A third nipple (accessory nipple) is a condition that occurs in both men and women and affects about 2-6% of the general population. If you have this condition, be encouraged, and know that you are not alone.
Accessory nipples may also occur in combination with accessory breast tissue. In fact, females with accessory breast tissue may even experience tenderness of the area which is similar to their normal breast tenderness that they experience during menstruation.
How Does Accessory Nipple Develop
The development of an accessory nipple occurs around 4 to 5 weeks of development as an embryo in the womb. During development, the baby’s (male or female) breast tissue begins to develop from two lines along the mammary ridge (also called the milk line) which spans from the groin to the breasts to the armpits (axilla) on each side. So there are two mammary ridges. If present, an accessory nipple typically develops along one of these lines.
Surgical Removal of Accessory Nipple in Pagosa Springs
In order for you to determine whether or not to remove the accessory nipple, you first need to have it evaluated by Dr. Williams. Accessory nipples may look like a mole and Dr. Williams can help determine what it is as well as discuss the surgical removal of it.
Removal of the accessory nipple is typically performed in the office under local anesthesia. It is a straight-forward procedure whereby Dr. Williams makes an elliptical excision and removes the nipple. He will then close the incision in a meticulous technique and give you instructions on how to achieve the best scar.
If accessory breast tissue is present with the nipple, this may require a larger incision. For this reason, patients with accessory breast tissue may desire to have this done in the office under local anesthesia or in the operating room under sedation.
Of course, there are risks associated with this procedure such as swelling and bruising. If these occur, they should subside within 2 weeks.
For more information on Accessory Third Nipple Removal, or to schedule a consultation, Call Peak Rejuvenation at (970) 259-5990 or Request a Consultation.