Nipple inversion is a condition whereby the nipples retract into the breast instead of pointing outwards. Though this is usually completely normal, it can be a cause for embarrassment for many women. If this is the case, then you may want to consider getting corrective surgery to push them out. Here’s all you need to know about inverted nipple correction.
Do my inverted nipples mean I have a health condition?
Surgery, scarring, weight loss, cancer or breastfeeding can all cause one or both nipples to become inverted. Inward facing nipples can also be a sign that you have a health condition.
For many women, having inverted nipples is completely normal.
However, nipple inversion is quite common and is not always a sign of something untoward. To make sure this is the case, we recommend visiting a GP to get your nipples checked out.
Is inverted nipple correction for me?
If you have inverted nipples, you may find they stick back out when you are cold or aroused. If this is the case, then you probably don’t require surgery unless you feel very self-conscious about their appearance.
If you find that your nipples are inverted almost all of the time, then surgery may be an option. Correcting your inverted nipples will not only improve your confidence by making your nipples appear more normal, but it will also improve their functioning. Having inverted nipples makes it difficult to breastfeed, so surgery can help with this.Inverted nipples can stop you from being able to breastfeed properly.
Of course, every patient is different, and we advise that you book a consultation with one of our cosmetic surgeons to discuss whether or not nipple inversion surgery will work for you.
What is involved in the surgery?
Nipple inversion surgery takes approximately one hour and is performed under local anaesthesia. Formerly, nipple correction surgery involved severing the milk ducts; however, as this prevents you from breastfeeding later on, a new technique has been pioneered. This involves the cosmetic surgeon creating a small incision on the areola and stretching out the breast fibers so that the nipple begins to point outwards.
Scarring is usually non-existent or very minimal, as the procedure is obviously less invasive than breast augmentation.
Having inverted nipples is something that can cause many women to lose confidence in their bodies, and nipple inversion surgery can rectify this. If you have inverted nipples and are wondering whether surgery is a possibility for you, come and talk to the highly experienced cosmetic surgeons at Esteem about your options.