1. Bulging

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The nipple protrudes a few millimeters above the areola. Sometimes convex nipples are divided into “medium” and “long”.

2. Flat

The nipple itself is flat and merges with the areola (or barely protrudes above it).

3. Puffy

The areola and nipple look like a single thickening at the top of the chest.

4. Retracted

The nipple does not protrude above the dome of the chest, but is slightly retracted inward.

5. Unilateral inverted nipple

One nipple protrudes and the other is retracted. If it’s always been like this, that’s fine. If both nipples protruded, and then one retracted, run to the doctor as soon as possible and undergo an examination, because such changes can occur with breast cancer.

6. With bumps

If there are small bumps around the nipple, this is normal. These tubercles are the so-called Montgomery’s glands (or glands of the areola). Scientists are still arguing what they are for. Some believe that they do not allow the nipple to dry out, others that they have slight bactericidal properties, still others that these glands secrete a fluid that attracts the baby and makes him fall to the mother’s breast.

7. Hairy

Sparse dark hairs growing around the areola are natural and not uncommon. The safest way to remove them is with tweezers. Every woman has hair follicles in this place, just not everyone has them active, so some have more hair on their chests, and some don’t at all.

8. Optional

Some people have supernumerary nipples. They may resemble a large, flat mole, or they may be fully formed.

Sourced from Seventeen


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