Daily Mail - The new nip and tuck

22 June 2009

The Harley Medical Group has reported an astonishing 30 per cant rise in nipple surgery over the past 12 months. So what’s going on? Victoria Beckham’s pert appearance in a transparent black T-shirt ignited fresh speculation over whether her nipples are real or fake and the possibility of her launching a new trend.“Until now, celebrities didn’t expose their nipples so there were no ‘nipple role models’”, explains Dr Riccardo Frati, a cosmetic surgeon for the Harley Medical Group. “In the past, I’ve had patients coming to my surgery clutching pictures of celebrities like Katie Price and saying “I’d like breast like hers.” But now there’s a chance that Mrs Beckham’s designer nipples could be the next big thing for 2009.” Nipple surgery is becoming increasingly accessible. Lifts involve creating several small flaps of skin around the nipple which will push it up and out. Asymmetrical nipples can be evened out, and the areola (the pigmented area around the nipple) can be tattooed if you are unhappy with the colour. “Until recently, women didn’t know they could alter the shape, colour and size of their nipples”, explains Dr Frati. ‘But you can. Women’s attitudes to breasts have change. They no longer want large breasts, they want normal breasts – generally around a C cup – and are more bothered by the shape and appearance.”