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What are the odds of having a third nipple?

What are the odds of having a third nipple?

It is not widely known, but about one in 50 women and one in 100 men have a third nipple. This goes by several names besides “third nipple”. It is a supernumerary nipple, accessory nipple, pseudomamma, polythelia, or polymastia.

Can you inherit a third nipple?

Supernumerary nipples are usually not inherited but familial cases have been reported. Most people do not need treatment, but the nipple and related tissue can be removed for cosmetic purposes or if there is discomfort.

What causes polythelia?

Polythelia typically occurs during development in the womb, but the exact cause is unknown. This condition can be inherited and run in families.

How do you get rid of a third nipple?

Isolated third nipples can be removed via a simple procedure, similar to the removal of a mole. For supernumerary nipples connected with breast tissue, a mastectomy (removal) can be done.

Can a third nipple become cancerous?

Potential complications. In rare cases, a third nipple can be a sign of a congenital breast defect or an early sign of a malignant growth or tumor. One of the genes that can cause an extra nipple, called Scaramanga’s gene, can also make it possible for an extra nipple to get breast cancer, just like a regular breast.

Can you pop Montgomery glands?

Avoid popping: Even though these glands may look like pimples on your breast, they are not pimples. You shouldn’t try to pop them.

How old do you have to be to get a third nipple removed?

However, the additional nipples can sometimes lactate, in both men and women. They can also be viewed as a cosmetic nuisance. The removal of the third nipple is generally undertaken for aesthetic reasons. You will have to be 18 years or older to be considered for third nipple removal at Centre for Surgery.

Is it bad to have a third nipple?

Supernumerary nipples are usually not a cause for concern. In some cases, an extra nipple may indicate an underlying condition, including tumor growth or cancer. But sometimes you may never even know you have one. Pregnant and breastfeeding women often discover extra nipple tissue as they react to hormones.