Inverted nipple correction is a procedure that corrects bilateral or unilateral inverted nipples. There are 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.
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 is a day only procedure, and in some circumstances it can be performed under local anaesthetic.
During the operation, deep attachments that pull in the inverted nipple will be released. 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 a circumferential suture is placed at the base of the nipple to prevent it from retracting. 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 straight forward. In most cases, a special dressing will be placed around the nipples, which will be left on until the first follow-up appointment