Through inverted nipple correction, Dr. Daood can help women achieve a natural-looking nipple shape and appearance. During the surgery, our plastic surgeon will re-contour the nipple to improve the outward projection from the breast.
Women who are affected by nipples that either lie flat or are inverted are often troubled by self-consciousness caused by the aesthetic appearance of their nipples.
Some people are simply born with an inverted nipple. The ducts found in the breast tissue are too short causing it to pull the nipples inward. Since this happened during a person’s developmental process, this type of nipple inversion is considered normal. Some women experience nipple inversion after getting surgeries done on their breasts (e.g. breast lift, breast reduction, or lumpectomy). Some nipples also get inverted after breastfeeding when a scar tissue forms in the milk ducts.
In some cases, nipples may invert gradually over a period of weeks or months. This should immediately be brought to the attention of your doctor for further examination because this could signal a growth within the breast tissue. This should be tested right away to see if it is benign or malignant.
Nipple inversion is classified into three major categories:
Grade 1. This is where nipples are typically inverted but they also evert when stimulated. It will remain everted as long as the stimuli are there, which is why this is also referred to as “shy nipples.”
Grade 2. This type of inversion makes the nipples harder to evert compared to that in the previous classification. If you evert them they also invert again almost right away.
Grade 3. This type of nipple inversion can no longer be everted. In fact, there have been cases where women experienced infections due to difficulties in maintaining hygiene.
This procedure is relatively simple, but there are certain factors that have to be considered along the way as well. This will be part of the surgical plan which can be ironed out after you have a personal consultation. Here you will be asked about the goal you want to achieve with the surgery so the surgeon can understand your expectations and educate you on which is realistically possible and which is not.
This procedure is perfect for women who are born with puffy areolas or inverted nipples. Inverted nipples make it harder for women to breastfeed. It also makes them conscious about their appearance. This surgery can help them restore the nipples to their natural projection and appearance.
This procedure is performed under local anesthesia. With skill and precision, the nipples are lifted to an erect position through a small incision created at the base. The ducts found inside the nipples are divided to allow the nipples to maintain an outward projection.
Nipple correction surgery is a relatively simple procedure which can take around 10-20 minutes to finish.
Yes, nipple correction can be done together with breast augmentation and breast lift surgery.
You would not feel any pain during the surgery because a local anaesthetic would be used. Any pain felt after surgery can be managed with an oral analgesic. Should you ever notice that the pain intensity is increasing, it is important that you report this immediately to your surgeon. Normally, any pain should subside over the next few days after surgery, and not worsen.
Correction of nipple inversion can be done on an outpatient basis since this will only be done under local anesthesia. It can also be done under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia, and in these cases, the surgeon will provide certain precautions or aftercare instructions.
Even with the straightforward approach of this procedure, it is still subject to potential complications. This includes the following:
Every operation will always have that risk for infection because the break in skin integrity can always serve as its portal of entry. In some cases, this can be mild, while it can be fatal in some. Through the observance of strict surgical technique, the surgical team can prevent infection during the procedure.
After the surgery, it is now your part to prevent infection by carefully following through with the aftercare instructions provided by the surgeon. An antibiotic therapy will be prescribed by the surgeon to prevent any chances of infection.
Nipple sensation may be partially or totally impaired. In most cases, this may be permanent, while others gradually regain sensation over time.
Necrosis is a term which means cell death. This occurs when the cells lack oxygen which causes them to eventually die. This is a rare complication, and it only occurs once blood supply to the nipple is impaired. If this happens, further surgery is needed to correct the problem.
There is a possibility that nipples can go back to being inverted again. This can be corrected with another surgery.
You can already resume your usual activities the following day. However, it is important that you protect your nipples from any trauma. Some surgeons specify that patient should avoid aggressive physical activities or contact sports for at least 4 weeks after the procedure.
Yes, it is still possible to breastfeed after having this procedure. However, this may be difficult or impossible because some of the milk ducts would have already been affected. It is best to be prepared for the possibility that you may no longer be able to breastfeed. Feel free to open up this concern with your surgeon so that you may also be properly guided.
The extent of work that needs to be done for this procedure differs for each patient depending on the degree of nipple inversion. This is why a personal consultation is necessary so that the surgeon can assess your case and plan on the action that needs to be done based also on the goals you have in mind. This is when the surgeon can give you a definite quote on the cost of your procedure. However, the base cost starts at AUD$1,200.
Unfortunately, this procedure is not covered by insurance as it is considered an elective surgery.