Inverted Nipple Correction
Having one or both nipples inverted can cause self-consciousness. True inverted nipples are present from birth and do not protrude with cold or stimulation. The cause is usually related to connections in underlying tissue, ligaments and the skin.
If there has been a recent change in your nipple projection then we would always encourage you to seek advice from your general practitioner.
Surgery for inverted nipple correction a relatively simple procedure. Your surgeon will cut around your nipple so that it is free from the surrounding tissue and re-stitch it so that it protrudes. Sometimes the milk ducts have to be cut to release the nipple, but not usually.
The surgery can be taken out under general or local anaesthetic, the choice of which will be discussed at your consultation.
Nipple correction surgery surgery is performed under local anaesthetic and therefore you can eat and drink up until the procedure.
You should expect detailed instructions to be provided by your hospital on exactly where and what time to attend on the day of surgery. The procedure usually takes around 45 minutes and you can usually go home the same day.
Your surgeon will provide you with a tailored recovery plan to match your individual needs.
You will be advised to bring with you a supportive bra.
You should be able to return to work within a couple of days.
Frequently asked questions
There will be some scar contracture and to some extent the nipple will retract. Steps are taken to address this with over correction performed at the time of surgery.
This is perhaps the most important point. In order to properly correct inverted nipple it is often necessary to divide the milk ducts. If this is done then you will probably not be able to breast feed in future.