Inverted Nipple Correction

Correction of inverted nipples is done to deal with cosmetic and breastfeeding issues women with inverted nipples face. Most patients who consult surgeons for this type of procedure were born with this condition and may have gotten worse with age. Not only do inverted nipples cause self-consciousness in patients who have them, they may also present a problem when a woman decides to have a child and breastfeed. There are varying degrees of inverted nipples. Some may correct itself in time, while some can be corrected manually. Women who are most severely afflicted need surgery in order to correct this congenital abnormality. Some women may experience a sudden inverting of their nipples. This is a possible sign of breast cancer and should be checked out immediately.

What Happens During and After the Procedure

There are many ways to correct inverted nipples. Patients with not-so-severe cases can undergo a simple procedure that can be done under a local anesthetic. This procedure involves piercing the nipple and inserting a small barbell-shaped device to stretch the contracted nipple ducts that causes the inversion. The device will be removed after six months, and by this time the ducts will remain stretched. More severe cases are treated with a surgical procedure done under general anesthesia. An incision is made at the base of the nipple and the nipple ducts are stretched. The surgeon takes extra precautions in order to preserve the milk ducts and enable the patient to breastfeed when they choose to. Sutures are then placed inside the nipple to keep the ducts in place. The incision is closed and a stent is placed to keep the nipple’s shape during the healing process.

Correction of inverted nipples is an out-patient procedure; however in certain cases the patient may have to stay in the hospital overnight. Downtime for this procedure is about 1-3 days, or at least until the stent is removed. After this period, the patient may resume performing light activities. Heavy lifting and strenuous activities such as exercise should be avoided for 2-3 weeks following the procedure or until the surgeon says it’s safe to do so. Pain medication may be prescribed to ease the pain felt after surgery. Patients should also follow the surgeon’s post-operation instructions in order to avoid complications from arising after surgery.

This procedure has both cosmetic and health benefits and women with inverted nipples are encouraged to have them corrected, especially if they plan to breast feed in the future. Potential patients who are interested in this type of procedure should make an informed decision on whether or not to go through with this surgery. Our well-trained staff comprised of surgeons, doctors, and other medical professionals will be more than glad to walk you through the procedure and answer any questions you might have. Call us today for more information about correction of inverted nipples or schedule a consultation session with one of our excellent and reputable surgeons.

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