A nipple injection is a gel-like filler that’s injected into your nipple. Usually, it’s done to make your nipples more pointy and perky. A similar procedure can be done to add color.
During the procedure, a medical professional injects hyaluronic acid into or around your nipple. Hyaluronic acid is a gel-like material that’s naturally found in the body. The filler adds volume to your nipple, giving it a more emphasized shape.
People may get nipple injections to increase nipple projection after breast reconstruction surgery. Breast reconstruction can flatten the nipple, but injectable fillers can make it look more natural and pointier.
Other people get the injection to make their nipples more visible through clothing. This is often done for small or inverted nipples.
Nipple injections became popular in 2018, when the look of pointy nipples became trendy among celebrities. As a result, nipple injections have earned the nickname “designer nipples.”
If you’d like to learn more about nipple injections, read on. We’ll explain what the procedure entails, along with safety measures and cost.
Before receiving nipple injections, a medical professional will measure your nipples with a ruler. They’ll talk to you about your desired look, which lets them determine how much volume to add. You might need a different amount in each nipple.
Your procedure will take place in a medical office. In general, here’s what the procedure involves:
- A medical professional uses rubbing alcohol to disinfect your skin to prevent infection.
- They prepare a syringe containing hyaluronic acid. The gel may contain a numbing medication to help reduce pain.
- Next, they inject some of the filler into your nipple or the skin surrounding it. They gradually withdraw the needle as they inject the filler. They repeat this on the other side of the nipple, then gently massage the skin to distribute the filler.
- They repeat the procedure on the other nipple.
You’ll experience results right away. Once the procedure is done, you can go home. You can typically resume normal activities except high-intensity exercise.
Nipple injections can be done in combination with other treatments. In this case, the exact procedure will be different.
Nipple fillers usually last for at least 6 to 9 months.
Injectable nipple fillers do not have any health benefits. They’re used to increase the size and shape of your nipples, so they’re a purely cosmetic procedure. Having pointier, fuller nipples doesn’t improve your breast health or overall wellness.
Nipple injections are generally considered safe. Yet, like all medical procedures, there’s a possibility of developing complications.
- necrosis (tissue death) of the nipple
- inflammation due to accidental filler injection into milk ducts
- allergic reaction
- movement of filler
- filler forming into lumps
Your risk of these complications depends on many factors, including your overall health and any underlying conditions.
If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, avoid getting nipple injections. If the filler is accidentally injected into your milk ducts, you may develop inflammation, infection, or damage.
Because this is a newer procedure, we do not yet have long-term data on how nipple injections may impact the ability to breastfeed in the future. This procedure is considered off-label by the FDA and has not been studied for use in the nipples.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, one syringe of hyaluronic acid costs $652 on average. If you need one syringe for each nipple, your total cost will be $1,304.
Your actual cost might be more or less. It depends on where you live and your medical provider’s experience. For example, if you live in a big city, your cost will likely be higher. The same goes if your provider offers luxury services and is known for treating celebrities.
The cost also depends on how many syringes you need. If you only need a small amount of filler in each nipple, your provider might use one syringe for both sides.
Nipple injections are unlikely to be covered by health insurance. Since they’re cosmetic treatments, they’re deemed nonessential.
Before getting nipple injections, ask your provider about discounts. They might be willing to reduce the cost, especially if you’re a repeat client. Some providers might also offer discounted bundles or payment plans.
Keep in mind that nipple fillers are temporary. If you want long-lasting results, you’ll likely need repeat injections which can become costly.
Nipple injections are performed by various medical professionals, including plastic surgeons and dermatologists.
To locate a qualified provider in your area, use the search tools on the following websites:
When looking for a provider, it’s important to do your due diligence. Take time to research the provider’s qualifications, experience, and reputation. This will ensure that your procedure is both safe and successful.
Nipple injections are relatively safe. However, like all dermal fillers, there’s a risk for potential side effects. It’s possible to develop complications like redness, swelling, and pain.
Plus, if the procedure is done incorrectly, it might cause inflammation or infection in the milk ducts. The pressure of the filler can lead to tissue death in the nipple.
For best results, work with a qualified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who is trained in nipple fillers. You should also look for someone that you feel comfortable with.