Inverted nipples can take a toll on your self-confidence. Inverted nipple surgery can correct retracted nipples and achieve a more outward-pointing look.
Inverted nipples are a condition where one or both nipples lie flat against the areola rather than pointing outward. In some cases, they can even retract and point inward. Anyone can have inverted nipples, and it’s estimated that it impacts between 10% and 20% of the population. The nipples may stick out when stimulated, but in many cases, they retract into their normal position. There are various causes of inverted nipples, some more serious than others. Some people are born with inverted nipples, while others experience changes with medical conditions like abscesses, problems with the breast tissue ducts, and very rarely, breast cancer. It’s important to work with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine the underlying causes and make sure you’re in good health before considering inverted nipple surgery. Fortunately, Dr. Trupiano has been recognized as one of America’s Top Breast Surgeons.
There are a few different ways that inverted nipples can be treated. Your board-certified plastic surgeon can help you explore your treatment options (which might include surgery). If you’re bothered by the appearance of your nipples because one or both of them is inverted, then surgery can help. In order to be considered a candidate for surgery, you should be in overall good health and have realistic expectations about what surgery can achieve.
Inverted nipple surgery is an extremely quick and low hassle. It’s typically performed using sedation or general anesthesia. To begin, Dr. Trupiano will perform a tiny incision at the base of the nipple. This allows the underlying fibers and ducts to be surgically released, allowing the nipple to protrude outward. Once complete, the incisions are closed, and you can return home.
Most patients need only 1-2 days of recovery after inverted nipple surgery. However, you should avoid any strenuous activities for the first week. It’s normal to experience some minor swelling and discomfort after surgery, which can be controlled with over-the-counter pain medications. Your incisions will be fitted with special dressings which will allow you to wear any bra or clothing that fits comfortably. Inverted nipple surgery can typically produce long-term results which will begin to settle in within a few weeks.
Inverted nipple surgery can be a permanent solution if you’re self-conscious about inverted nipples. To meet with Dr. Trupiano, our board-certified plastic surgeon, and learn more, contact our Troy, MI office by calling or filling out our online form.