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Inverted nipple correction is used to correct a turned-in nipple. We look at what happens during this procedure and the risks involved.
Some people are born with inverted nipples, while others may develop them during puberty. They are caused by short milk ducts, and one or both nipples can be affected. Nipple inversion can occur in both men and women, although it is more commonly seen in women. If you have had an inverted nipple since puberty, there is unlikely to be an underlying medical problem. If the nipple inversion has happened more recently you should see your GP straight away.
If either or both of your nipples are inverted, an operation to correct them could help. Should you be considering this course of action, a conversation with a breast or plastic surgeon will be useful and we would be happy to arrange an appointment for you at the hospital of your choice. Contact the team to get this scheduled in at your convenience.
Your surgeon will make a small incision (cut) in the lower outer border of the nipple. Depending on the grade of inversion, the ducts leading to the nipple are then either gently stretched or divided. If the ducts are stretched they remain intact and breast feeding is usually possible following the operation.
Once released, the nipple is held in a raised position with a suture (stitch). The sutures used to close the incision are dissolvable.
Your surgeon will advise you as to how long you will be required to keep your dressings in place – this can be up to 7 days,
You will be able to return to normal activities almost immediately, although you may feel tender around the nipple for up to a week afterwards. Should you experience any pain, you may like to take an over the counter painkiller, such as paracetamol. We would normally recommend that you avoid any strenuous activities for a week after your surgery, to ensure full healing.
The possible complications of any surgery can include an unexpected reaction to a local anaesthetic, excessive bleeding and infection.
If you would like to discuss nipple correction surgery with a suitably qualified breast or plastic surgeon, please contact us to book you an appointment at a time of your convenience.