Hi, after a breast lift my nipple turned black on the outer part of it. Eventually the black scab came off leaving my nipple pink. I have some color coming back in different areas I was just wondering how long does it take for the nipple to get some color. It has been five weeks since my surgery.
A: Nipple and areolae color dependent on pigment producing cells
Nipple and alveolar color are dependent on normal number and function of pigment producing cells residing deep in the skin. Pigment production from these cells can temporarily cease to function after being stressed by a loss of circulation. A deep injury might reduce the number of these cells and permanently affect your ability to produce pigment. Waiting for more than 6 months or until scars soften and mature is appropriate. If discoloration persists, treatment by tattoo might be warranted.