Accessory Nipples – Do they matter?

Accessory nipples (also known as supernumerary or third nipples) usually appear under the breast near the fold that we call the inframammary crease. Mr Turton finds these in around 0.1 to 1% of his cosmetic breast surgery patients having breast enlargement or breast reduction, usually with the patient having been unaware. They typically look like a small mole and are slightly raised. They are usually found in the midline below the breast. If these bother patients they can be removed. Most of the time they can be left alone. If they are associated with breast tissue they are more likely to be a problem as they can fluctuate in size with the menstrual cycle, be tender, and they can even be affected by breast cancer. If you want to have a breast check up in Mr Turton’s specialist breast and cosmetic clinic at the Leeds Nuffield or Spire Hospital Leeds, please use the enquiry form on his web site: