Nipples are having a cultural moment.
A few months ago, the internet was abuzz with the news that your ideal lipstick shade could be determined by matching your hue to your nipples. I’m not sure how you actually pull this off — do you peek down your shirt in the cosmetic aisle and match that way? Do you take a picture of your nipple and use that to compare to lipsticks? I just don’t get it.
Now, I’m seeing reports that people are getting plastic surgery on their nipples. We’re beyond the traditional boob job and into the world of fine tuning our nipples.
Apparently, the trend of very sheer tops that allow the nipple to make its presence known is the inspiration for this new twist on cosmetic surgery. Celebs have been photographed with nips in evidence, and people are bringing the photos to doctors' offices to say: “Give me these nipples, pretty please.”
Among the possibilities for nipple improvement are procedures to change the color, change the shape, turn an innie nipple into an outie, and improve the symmetry of nipples.
Are you fighting the urge to look down your shirt right now and see if your nipples match each other? Yeah, me too.
I don’t know what exactly these procedures would entail. I also don't know what the possible complications would be... For example, would nipple surgery lead to trouble with breastfeeding later? Could they inhibit cancer detection? These are all things to consider when making permanent alterations to breast tissue.
As with all other body modifications, nipple surgery should be a personal choice. If nips are your groove, have at it. They’re your nips. Tuck them however you want.