Inverted Nipple Correction
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Seeking advice or treatment for inverted nipples? Dr. Daood is Australia’s expert in inverted nipple correction.
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. Dr. Daood performs a wide range of breast procedures including breast augmentation, breast lift, and inverted nipple correction.
1. What causes nipple inversion?
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.
2. How do I classify the extent of nipple inversion that I am experiencing?
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.
3. What do I need to know about nipple corrections surgery?
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.
4. Who are the right candidates for nipple correction surgery?
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.
5. How is nipple correction surgery performed?
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.
6. How long does the procedure take?
Nipple correction surgery is a relatively simple procedure which can take around 10-20 minutes to finish.
7. Can nipple correction surgery be combined with other breast surgery?
Yes, nipple correction can be done together with breast augmentation and breast lift surgery.
8. Is this painful?
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.
9. Do I need to be admitted for this procedure?
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.
10. What are the potential complications involved with nipple correction surgery?
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.
b. Changes in nipple sensation
Nipple sensation may be partially or totally impaired. In most cases, this may be permanent, while others gradually regain sensation over time.
c. Nipple necrosis
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.
11. When can I resume normal activities after nipple correction 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.
12. Will I still be able to breastfeed after nipple correction surgery?
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.
13. How much does correction of inverted nipples cost?
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.
14. Is this covered by insurance?
Unfortunately, this procedure is not covered by insurance as it is considered an elective surgery.
If you’re ready to take the next steps in your cosmetic surgery journey, book a consultation by leaving your details above. At your consultation, Dr. Daood will discuss the pertinent details about the surgery so we can work towards achieving your goal.