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Accessory Third Nipple Removal

The third nipple is a rare condition that occurs in both men and women and affects about 2-6% of the general population. So if you have a third nipple, know that you are not alone.

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Dr. Nazarian featured Articles

How Accessory Third Nipple Develops

The third nipple occurs around 4-5 weeks of development as an embryo. We don’t know what causes it but we do know that the baby’s breast tissue begins to develop from two lines along the mammary ridge (milk line) which goes from the groin to the breasts. Sometimes, a third nipple can develop along this line.

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Surgical Removal of Accessory Third Nipple

It is required to have an initial in-person consultation with Dr. Sheila Nazarian to discuss surgical removal, which is usually done as an in-office procedure. Once it is determined you’re fit to undergo the procedure and you have decided to proceed, you will be scheduled for surgery with Dr. Nazarian right in her Beverly Hills office. 

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Outpatient Surgery

It is a relatively quick outpatient procedure that involves minimal incision and removal of excess breast, fat and skin tissues. The whole procedure is done under local anesthesia and can be completed in less than 1 hour. Dr. Nazarian uses a meticulous technique to leave a minimal scar. The recovery process is straightforward with minimal downtime. Any post-operative swelling should subside in two weeks, and the results should be evident in six months or less.

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What Does a Third Nipple Mean?

A third nipple is when you have an extra nipple in addition to your two regular nipples. Three or more nipples can also be referred to as supernumerary nipples. Extra nipples are also referred to as polythelia or polymastia. People with this condition may have up to eight nipples. Extra nipples are usually smaller than regular nipples. Extra nipples are formed when the embryo grows inside the mother’s uterus. They typically appear along the “milk line”, from the armpit to the groin.

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Frequently
Asked Questions

Can you grow a third nipple?

Often mistaken for moles, Accessory Third Nipples develop in utero during the fourth week of pregnancy. At that time, the fetus’s milk lines regress and turn into nipples. Sometimes the tissue fails to completely recede, and the result is at least one extra nipple. 

Is Polythelia dangerous?

Polythelia, or having more than two nipples, particularly without areola or breast tissue, is generally harmless. The rare condition known as Scaramanga’s gene can lead to breast cancer in the extra nipple. Have a doctor check pain, lumps, or rashes around your extra nipple.

Do supernumerary nipples enlarge with puberty?

Like regular breasts, supernumerary nipples respond to the hormonal changes associated with puberty and childbirth. Supernumerary nipples tend to become tender and enlarge before menstruation and can produce milk after pregnancy. Cysts, abscesses, mastitis, and breast cancer are also possible in supernumerary nipples.

How much does it cost to remove a third nipple?

Contact your health care company before you see a doctor. Some insurance companies cover Accessory Third Nipple Removal making the procedure no more than a co-payment for an office visit. However, if the surgery is considered cosmetic, it can run up to $500.

Is Having a Third Nipple Bad?

No, having a third nipple isn’t bad. Usually, it’s not a sign of any serious health issue. It’s also easily removed in a quick surgery. If you have a third nipple that’s lactating or causing you pain, contact your doctor. They may suggest surgery or some other form of treatment. Let your doctor know immediately if the third nipple develops a rash, hard tissue, or any new lumps. You should also notify your doctor right away if you notice the nipple leaking abnormal discharge.

Can I Remove My Third Nipple?

In most cases, there is no medical reason to have your third nipple removed. It usually doesn’t indicate that there is a serious issue or causes any medical conditions. People who get extra nipples removed to do so primarily for cosmetic reasons. If you choose to have your third nipple removed, you will undergo a noninvasive outpatient procedure that is pretty painless. You also will have a short recovery time.

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Third Nipple Removed?

Isolated third nipples can be removed using a simple procedure similar to that used to remove a mole. Your doctor first needs to determine if the third nipple is connected to breast tissue. Then, they can decide what procedure is necessary and what the cost will be.

Is It Possible to Have Three Breasts?

Polymastia refers to three or more breasts. These can appear as an extra nipple or a fully-formed—and functional—breast. Sometimes, polymastia appears like a breast complete with a nipple but no areola. The third breast may also appear as a breast with an areola but no nipple. It can also appear as breast tissue with no nipple or areola.

Is Polythelia Dangerous?

In rare cases, polythelia can be a sign that you have a malignant tumor or congenital breast defect. It may also be a sign of breast cancer. Polythelia can also be associated with serious kidney conditions such as end-stage renal disease. It may also be a sign of cancer of the kidney cells. Extra nipples that are not connected to breast tissue may also be at higher risk of developing Paget’s disease of the nipple, a rare form of breast cancer where cancer cells are located on the areola and the nipple’s surface.

Is Polythelia Hereditary?

Extra nipples can be hereditary but are usually just random occurrences. They are more common in men than in women. Polythelia is one of the more common mammary tissue birth defects. Black people are more likely to have polythelia than white people, as well. It’s also associated with congenital diseases, such as urologic malformations or urogenital malignancies. 

What Does a Third Nipple Look Like on a Baby?

A third nipple on an infant usually looks like a small tan or brown freckle located somewhere on the stomach. It is typically located on a vertical line beneath the regular nipple. If you notice your baby has a third nipple, contact the pediatrician, especially if they have additional symptoms. 

Where Should Nipples Be Located?

Nipples should be located at the center of each breast. The nipples are connected to the mammary glands, which produce milk in women. Interestingly, during one study 1,000 men and 1,000 women were interviewed to determine the preferred nipple-areola location. The study concluded that both men and women prefer nipples to be “in the middle of the breast gland vertically and slightly lateral to the midpoint horizontally.”

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