Board-certified dermatologist and pediatrician, Dr Tsippora Shainhouse, has revealed to Seventeen magazine, eight different types of nipples women have. She explains that all off these types of nipples are perfectly normal and you may actually have more than one of them. However, if your nipple changes from inverted to protruding, it may be wise to consult a doctor. Continue after the cut to see them.
Protruding nipples stand out a few millimetres from the surface of the areola (the darker rind of skin around the nipple). They point outwards and can become hard and pronounced when cold or stimulated.
A flat nipple does not stand out from the areola, however it can become pronounced or hard if it is stimulated or it's cold
For a puffy nipple, the entire areola is raised, like another mound on top of the breast. The nipple can harden and become more pronounced with cold or stimulation.
Inverted nipples are tucked away inside the skin and not visible. It is sometime possible to bring the nipple out but sometimes the muscles surrounding it are too tight.
A unilateral inverted is when one nipple is raised but another one is inverted and tucked away. This can be a warning sign of breast cancer if your nipples haven't always been like this but have recently changed. You should see your doctor immediately if this is the case.
Sometimes small bumps surround the nipple. These are actually Montgomery glands. Every woman has the glands, but not everyone can see them and some are bumpier than others. They can look like white heads and sometimes it is possible to squeeze dead skin cells out of them, but don't mess around with them.
Dark hairs growing out of the areola are perfectly normal. They can be fine or coarse and every woman has them, but some are hairier than others. It is safe to tweeze out the hairs.
Supernumarary nipples are extra smaller nipples. They can either look like flat moles or have fully formed, raised bumps.