Did you know that about 20% of all women have inverted nipples? There are various causes of inverted nipples:
- Injury or trauma
- Weight loss
- Breast cancer
- Pregnancy or a breast feeding complication
Most women are too self-conscious to discuss this issue but at Advanced Liposuction Center we want our clients to know that inverted nipples can be corrected with a safe and simple surgical procedure.
One of our highly trained cosmetic surgeons will first meet with you (the initial consultation is free) to examine your breasts and discuss treatment options. Typically, during the surgery the connective tissue that holds the nipple in place is released and then small, self-dissolving sutures are used to keep the nipple forward. The procedure requires only one small incision. Scarring is very minimal and in most cases the natural color and texture of the areolas will hide the scar.
Nipple correction is done with local anesthesia and patients report that they experience only slight discomfort for a few days following the surgery. Most patients find that they are able to return to work in 2-3 days. Jobs that require heavy physical labor and exercise routines require a 2-3 week wait.
The biggest concern most women who have inverted nipples face is the ability to breastfeed their babies. In most cases, nipple correction surgery allows this to happen naturally and comfortably. Nipple correction can also benefit women who have undergone a mastectomy and have then had reconstructive breast surgery. Nipple reconstruction can give reconstructed breasts a more natural look and feel. Fat transfer or grafting can be used for this procedure to rebuild the nipple using your own tissue.
What Are Side Effects Of Inverted Nipple Surgery?
Surgery for inverted nipples is extremely safe, and the only side effects patients commonly report are edoema and sensitivity.
The procedure carries some risks, but they are uncommon. These include infection, poor scarring, sensation changes, and recurrence.
Who Are A Good Candidate For Inverted Nipple Surgery?
The inverted nipple procedure can help women who have somewhat or completely inverted nipples.
Occasionally, nipple inversion may be linked to breast disease or another health problem; in this instance, your doctor will advise you to schedule an appointment.
Because the milk ducts are often released during the treatment, the ability to breastfeed may be significantly reduced after having the inverted nipple surgery.
This is often not a problem, though, as the majority of women with inverted nipples are unable to nurse.
Inverted nipples are nothing to be embarrassed about. If you are over 18, in good overall health and are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding, a nipple correction procedure can help improve appearance and help your breasts to be better able to breastfeed when the time comes. To learn more, contact any of our conveniently located Pittsburgh area offices by calling: 724-683-7581 today.