An inverted nipple is one that points inward toward the body rather than pointing outward. While causes of this condition can vary, patients often experience self-consciousness that can impede their ability to live life fully. Fortunately, inverted nipple correction can be achieved through a minor surgical procedure.
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Lisa Hunsicker has made it her life’s work to help people by enhancing their physical bodies. She has performed numerous inverted nipple correction procedures for men and women and always makes patient safety and satisfaction the priority.
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT INVERTED NIPPLES
Inverted nipples affect people of many ages to varying degrees. The condition does not always indicate an underlying medical issue, and many people opt not to seek treatment. Regardless of your choice to pursue nipple correction, there are some basic things to know about inverted nipples:
- Inverted nipples can present in men, women, and children of all ages.
- One or both nipples can be inverted.
- There are 3 grades of nipple inversion. Grade 1 is the least severe, involving nipples that will protrude easily with stimulation. Grade 2 can be stimulated to protrude with significant effort but will not sustain their protruded state. With Grade 3 inversion, nipples cannot be manipulated to protrude.
- Breastfeeding is possible with many women’s inverted nipples. However, the condition can make it difficult for babies to latch onto the nipple.
Many cases of nipple inversion are congenital and due to the presence of short milk ducts. There are also other factors that can cause a change in nipple appearance later in life, including:
- Breast surgery – Scarring or inflammation of the tissue behind the nipple can cause the nipple to retract.
- Mammary duct ectasia – Hormonal changes in women aged 50 and up can cause this condition, which is inflammation or infection of the mammary ducts.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding – When breast volume is lost after pregnancy, sometimes there is no longer enough tissue to keep the nipples protruding outward.
- Cancer – A tumor behind the nipple can attack the duct, resulting in the pulling-in of the nipple.
INVERTED NIPPLE CORRECTION PROCEDURE
The first step is to have a consultation, so Dr. Hunsicker can do an exam and you can express your concerns and expectations around the procedure. If you are considering additional procedures to alter the appearance of your breasts, such as breast augmentation or breast reduction, you should discuss this at the consultation. If you and the doctor determine that nipple correction is right for you, the next step is to schedule your surgery.
Dr. Hunsicker requires you to cease nicotine use for 6 weeks prior to your procedure and the month following your procedure. This allows for optimal healing. It’s also important that you disclose all medications and supplements that you take. The doctor can determine if there will be any interactions with the anesthetic and advise you to temporarily stop taking those substances.
For the surgery, Dr. Hunsicker typically uses a local anesthetic rather than IV sedation, as the procedure is relatively minor, and local anesthetic allows for a quicker recovery. The doctor will then make a small incision so she can carefully release the tissue or shortened ducts from the nipple. Lastly, sutures are placed to help maintain an outward position of the nipple.
CONTACT US TO SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
At Revalla, we understand that choosing to have cosmetic surgery is a serious decision. We strive to provide the information and support you need to make the best choice for you and your body. If you are unhappy with the look of your inverted nipples and want to know if you are a candidate for this procedure, call us at 720-283-2500 to schedule your consultation in Littleton with Dr. Hunsicker.