Sizes, shapes and colours of breast vary in the world is a known fact but what comes as something new and informative is the pristine discovery of distinctive nipples.
Human anatomy is making many bodily revelations. The recent scientific study of the adult human morphology has described eight different kinds of nipples.
Tsippora Shainhouse, M.D., a board-certified paediatrician and dermatologist in Beverly Hills, California, in a recent study says it’s certainly possible to have a combination of two or more types of protruding and bumpy or flat and hairy nipples in a single body.
The clinical instructor at the University of Southern California explains how all this different variety of nipples are normal.
Puffy: The entire areola and nipple area look like a small, raised mound on top of the breast. The nipple can harden and become more pronounced with cold or stimulation.
Flat: The entire nipple is flat and blends into the areola. The nipple can harden and become more pronounced with cold or stimulation.
Protruding: This refers to nipples that are raised a few millimeters above the surface of the areola and point outward. The nipple can harden and become more pronounced with cold or stimulation.
Inverted: The nipple retracts inward. Sometimes, you can use your fingers to bring it out, but sometimes, the muscles are too tight.
Unilateral inverted: One nipple is raised, the other is inverted. If this has always been the case, it’s perfectly safe. If this is a new development, it might be a sign of breast cancer, so see your doctor immediately.
Bumpy: It’s common to have bumps on the areola surrounding the nipple. These bumps are called Montgomery glands and can sometimes look like whiteheads. Sometimes, you might be able to squeeze dead skin cells out of them, but don’t play with them. Every woman has the glands, but some people are bumpier than others.
Hairy: Stray, dark hairs growing out of the areola area are normal. They might be fine or coarse. It’s safe to pluck them out with a tweezer. Every woman has hair follicles, but some people are hairier than others.
Supernumerary: Some people (like Harry Styles!) have extra, smaller nipples. They either look like flat moles or have a fully formed, raised bump.