Inverted Nipple Correction
Inverted nipple correction is a procedure that corrects bilateral or unilateral inverted nipples. There are several different grades of inverted nipples, ranging from a nipple that can sometimes erect itself as result of certain stimulation to nipples that are fully 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, rare causes include breastfeeding, pregnancy, breast infections, weight gain, or weight loss.
Inverted nipple correction can be done on its own or together with another breast procedure. Many patients will combine inverted nipple correction with another procedure to optimize their recovery time. Often, 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 unless it is combined with another procedure. It will be performed at our private surgery center as an outpatient procedure, and in some circumstances it can be completed using 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. The nipple is brought out into a normal position and the tissue void beneath it is filled by reconstructing and filling the supportive tissue. Scars are typically minimal, and they are often imperceptible once complete healing has taken place and the scar has faded.
Recovery From Inverted Nipple Correction
Recovery from inverted nipple correction is often fairly easy. We will ask that patients take at least 2 days off of work to rest and relax, unless they plan to combine this with another procedure, in which case recovery may be longer. Prior to surgery, we will provide patients with post-operative instructions to follow.
In most cases, a special dressing will be placed on the nipples, which will be left on until the first follow-up appointment. It is important to note significant changes, swelling, or discomfort during recovery; however, there is not much patients will be required to do aside from allowing the body to heal.
Surgical fees can vary based on length of time in surgery and if Nipple Reduction surgery is performed at the same time as another procedure, like breast augmentation or lift. Surgery starts at $4,000.