Beaver, PA plastic surgeons want patients to know that inverted nipples can be corrected. At Advanced Liposuction Center, we sometimes find that patients are embarrassed to talk about this body anomaly and consequently may not even realize that there is a procedure available to correct it. Below are some commonly asked questions about nipple correction:

Q: What causes inverted nipples?

A: You may be surprised to know that approximately 20% of women have inverted nipples. There are several causes of this condition:

  • Genetics
  • Infection
  • Trauma
  • Breastfeeding complications
  • Pregnancy
  • Breast cancer
  • Weight loss

Q: Are inverted nipples just a cosmetic issue?

A: No. Inverted nipples can create complications in women who want to nurse a baby.

Q: Who is a good candidate for nipple correction?

A: If you are over the age of 18, in good overall health and are not pregnant or nursing, you should be able to have nipple correction surgery. To find out for sure, schedule a free consultation with one of our expert plastic surgeons. The physician will be able to explain the best options for your individual situation.

Q: What is the procedure?

A: Using the latest medical techniques we are able to release the connective tissue which holds the nipple in place. Small dissolving sutures are placed to keep the nipple forward. The surgery is done under local anesthesia and requires only one small incision. The natural color and texture of the areola will hide the scar.

Q: Will I perceive sensation differently after the surgery?

A: Each patient is different but most do not experience any change in sensation. If there is a change, the nipples can become more or less sensitive.

Q: Will I be able to breastfeed after nipple correction surgery?

A: As long as you have nipple sensation, you should be able to breastfeed normally.

Q: What is the recovery like?

A: Most patients report only minor discomfort for a few days following the surgery. You can usually return to work within 2-3 days, but physical work and exercise should be avoided for 2-3 weeks after surgery.

Q: What are the dangers and issues associated with nipple surgery?

A: Following are some examples of potential nipple surgery risks and complications:

Damage to your milk ducts could affect your capacity to breastfeed in the future.
nipple feeling gone
the nipple flipping again following surgery
Bruising necrosis (death of tissue). This extremely unusual issue is more likely to happen in smokers.

Can inverted nipples be a symptom of a larger health issue?

Inverted nipples are usually harmless and not a symptom of a larger health issue. However, in some cases, they can be associated with an underlying condition such as breast cancer, mammary duct ectasia, or a breast infection. If you notice a sudden change in your nipple appearance, it’s a good idea to consult with a healthcare professional for further evaluation.

When should someone see a doctor about inverted nipples?

Here are some points indicating when someone should see a doctor about inverted nipples:

  1. Change in appearance: If your nipples have recently become inverted and were not that way before, it’s advisable to see a doctor.
  2. Pain or discomfort: If you experience pain, tenderness, or discomfort in your nipples, especially if it’s accompanied by nipple inversion, see a doctor.
  3. Nipple discharge: If you notice any unusual discharge from your nipples, particularly if it’s bloody, see a doctor.
  4. Breast lump: If you feel a lump in your breast along with nipple inversion, it’s important to get it checked by a doctor.
  5. Difficulty breastfeeding: If you have inverted nipples and are experiencing difficulty breastfeeding, consult a healthcare professional for guidance.
  6. Concern about breast cancer: If you have concerns about breast cancer or a family history of the disease, discuss any changes in your nipples with a doctor.
  7. Persistent inversion: If your nipples are consistently inverted and do not protrude even when stimulated or in warm water, consult a doctor for evaluation.

Do inverted nipples affect self-esteem or body image?

Yes, inverted nipples can affect self-esteem and body image for some individuals. They may feel self-conscious or worried about how their nipples look. However, it’s important to remember that inverted nipples are a common variation and do not affect health or function. Counseling and support groups can help address these concerns.

If you have additional questions, please contact one of our Pittsburgh area offices by calling: 724-683-7581.