Inverted Nipples

What is inverted nipple surgery?

Although most women have nipples that naturally protrude, inverted nipples are very common. They occur when the nipple does not project normally because the ducts leading to the nipple are overly tight. This causes the nipple to be pulled into the surrounding areola. In severe cases, there may even be a depression at the center of the areola. They can develop during puberty, after pregnancy and may make it difficult or impossible to breastfeed because the nursing baby cannot latch onto the breast. In rare cases, this condition may also occur in men. Dr. Motakis performs the inverted nipple surgery to reverse the “pulled in” appearance of inverted nipples.

Who is a good candidate for inverted nipple surgery?

Women with slightly or completely inverted nipples can benefit from the inverted nipple surgery. Dr. Motakis will examine you to ensure that the procedure is right for you. In some instances, nipple inversion can be related to breast disease or another medical condition in which case you will be advised to schedule an appointment with your GP. During the inverted nipple surgery, the milk ducts are usually released, which means that the ability to breastfeed may be significantly reduced after the procedure. This is not usually a concern though, as most women with inverted nipples are not able to breastfeed anyway.

The procedure

Dr. Motakis can perform the nipple inversion procedure while you are awake with local anesthesia. Some patients choose to undergo IV sedation or general anesthesia, and it can be combined with other breast procedures such as breast augmentation. During the relatively simple surgery, a small incision is made along the base of the nipple, freeing the milk ducts from the surrounding tissue so that they can no longer pull your nipple inwards. The nipple is then sutured in a way that maintains its new protruding shape. As the nipple heals in that position the problem will not re-occur.

What is the recovery period after inverted nipple surgery?

Patients can expect to experience a mild degree of discomfort and swelling for a few days after the surgery, which can be alleviated with mild analgesic medication. You will have a bandage in place until your follow up appointment one week after surgery. You will be able to shower and resume your regular activities the next day.

What are the risk factors of inverted nipple surgery?

Inverted nipples surgery is very safe, and patients experience minimal side effects beyond swelling and sensitivity. Risks of the procedure include infection, poor scarring, change in sensation, recurrence among others, however these are rare.  

Are there any alternatives for inverted nipple surgery?

Currently, there are no alternatives to inverted nipple surgery.

Can inverted nipple surgery be combined with other procedures?

This procedure can be combined with other breast procedures such as breast augmentation, breast reduction and breast lift or other cosmetic procedures offered in the clinic.

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