Inverted Nipple Correction
Inverted nipple correction is a procedure that corrects bilateral or unilateral inverted nipples. There are various grades of inverted nipples. Some nipples can erect themselves with stimulation, while others remain inverted at all times. Inverted nipples are often congenital in nature, meaning that they have been present from birth or become noticeable around the time of puberty. On the other hand, less common causes include breastfeeding, pregnancy, breast infections, weight gain, or weight loss.
Dr. Behmand can perform inverted nipple correction either independently or with another breast procedure. Many patients will combine inverted nipple correction with another procedure to optimize their recovery time. Typically, breast augmentation surgery, when performed concurrently, will improve the success of inverted nipple correction. Patients who wish to breastfeed in the future should refrain from having inverted nipple correction surgery, as this might impair the ability to breastfeed.
The Inverted Nipple Correction Procedure
The inverted nipple correction procedure typically takes 1 hour. Dr. Behmand performs it at our private surgery center as an outpatient procedure. In some cases, he uses local anesthesia.
During the operation, Dr. Ramin Behmand will release the deep attachments that pull in the inverted nipple. These may include milk ducts and other tissue bands that are too short to allow the nipple to protrude naturally. Dr. Behmand brings the nipple into a normal position, and fills the tissue void beneath it by reconstructing the space with supportive tissue. Scars are typically minimal, and they are often imperceptible once complete healing has taken place.
Recovery From Inverted Nipple Correction
Recovery from inverted nipple correction is typically fairly easy. We will ask that patients take at least 2 days off work to rest and relax, unless they plan to combine this with another procedure, in which case recovery may be longer. Before surgery, we will provide patients with post-operative instructions to follow.
In most cases, we place a special dressing on the nipples, and it remains in place until the first follow-up appointment. It is important to note significant changes, swelling, or discomfort during recovery. During this period, rest, refrain from physical activities, and allow your body to heal.