What are Inverted Nipples and How can I Treat Them?
Inverted nipples are nipples that turn inward instead of outward. This issue can create a significant cosmetic concern and can even make breastfeeding difficult for some women. The problem is somewhat common and can occur on one or both breasts. For some, the problem is something they are born with, while others develop the condition over time.
The good news is inverted nipples can be corrected with surgery. Inversion Corrective Surgery is a permanent solution for inverted nipples, and in most cases, may even restore a woman’s ability to breastfeed after the correction. However, the outcome of the procedure is dependent on the degree of correction required and the skill and experience of the surgeon performing the procedure.
How is Inversion Corrective Surgery Done?
Inversion Corrective Surgery techniques vary, based on the level of correction needed. Minor inversion can often be reversed with a single suture, while moderate inversion requires the division of fibrous tissue inside the breast. In some cases, this procedure may also require severing some milk ducts, but breastfeeding can usually be preserved at this stage.
Severe inversion will likely require cutting of at least some of the milk ducts, which may affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed after surgery. This type of inversion is usually caused by scarring or severe tissue constriction that prevents the nipple from protruding at all without surgical intervention. Fortunately, this type of nipple inversion is also relatively rare.
What is the Procedure Like?
Nipple inversion surgery can often be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia. If an additional procedure will be performed at the same time, such as augmentation or a breast lift, general anesthesia may be recommended instead. Nipple inversion surgery is a fairly straightforward procedure that can usually be completed in less than one hour. Most patients are back to light activities within a day or two, and more strenuous activity within 2-3 weeks.
Nipple inversion surgery can provide significant cosmetic benefit for some women. Inverted nipples can be an embarrassing problem that makes many women shy away from personal encounters. Inversion surgery can restore a normal look to the nipple and areola, increasing a woman’s self-confidence in her appearance.
If inverted nipples are a concern for you, help is available. Whether you are strictly seeking treatment for cosmetic reasons or you are concerned about your ability to breastfeed in the future, surgery is a viable option. Dr. Norman Rappaport has performed numerous nipple inversion surgeries and will help you achieve the outcome you want. To learn more about this procedure, contact Houston Center for Plastic Surgery at (713) 790-4500 to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Rappaport.