In case you’ve missed the gratuitous snaps and social media posts demonstrating the rise of hyaluronic acid (HA) injections (aka fillers) the hype is real. Call it the Kylie Jenner Effect —
seriously. But you may want to think twice before hopping on board with the latest trend in injectables: nipple fillers.
Traditionally, fillers are most commonly used for plumping up a pout or filling in fine facial lines, and overall, their use is growing. Use of injectable fillers is increasing year over year, according to the most recent data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
But it’s not just the number of fillers that’s growing — the number of places patients are starting to request them is on the rise, too. In addition to lips, people are walking into the offices of plastic surgeons with request for fillers for the ear lobes, hands, under eyes, pores, and even cellulite dimples.
With that kind of try-it-anywhere mentality, it was probably only a matter of time before someone thought “Hey, what about nipple injections?” That time is now, and the requests are coming in droves. “Presumably, the effects of fillers like Juvederm and Restylane in the nipple would be to increase the projection of the nipple,” Lisa Schneider, M.D., fellow of the American College of Surgeons at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, tells Allure. “In other words, they might make the nipple stand up more.”
“Just because HA fillers are safe to use in other parts of your body doesn’t mean you should sign up for nipple fillers,” cautions Schneider. “This is not a procedure I would recommend to any patients,” she says. Why? “First, this is not an FDA approved use of hyaluronic acid fillers. Second, this procedure may be very painful with a best case scenario of results that last for only 3-6 months. Third, there is a chance this could increase the risk of nipple or breast infections and potentially interfere with breast feeding.”
The bottom line? “This isn’t an FDA-approved procedure and even though it might be trendy in some circles, it doesn’t mean it’s commonly done,” says Schneider. “Think twice before having it done.”
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