If you are troubled by inverted nipples, nipple inversion surgery can be done to correct them. Inverted nipples are common and are usually congenital, but they can sometimes develop later in life, usually due to injury or breastfeeding. In the case of inversion as a new development, you must first be examined to determine the cause and rule out any conditions that should be treated. Then, a cosmetic procedure can be done.
Dr. Ledding has performed numerous nipple inversion procedures for his patients. No two patients are the same, however, so he will spend time with you during your initial consultation and examination to discuss your options and his recommended surgical plan for you.
This procedure can often be combined with other breast surgeries, including breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction.
Who is a Good Candidate for Nipple Inversion Surgery?
As long as you are healthy, you are probably a good candidate for this surgery if you have inverted nipples. Please keep in mind that this type of surgery could affect your ability to breastfeed.
Is Nipple Inversion Surgery an Outpatient Procedure?
Nipple inversion surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure using a local anesthetic when performed on its own. You can go home the same day, provided someone is available to drive you.
What Incisions Are Used For Nipple Inversion Surgery?
In most cases, inverted nipples can be corrected by making very small incisions or needle punctures at the base of the nipple, where the scars will not be very noticeable.
What Happens During Nipple Inversion Surgery?
Inverted nipples are usually caused by tissue that is holding the nipple down. When that tissue is released through small incisions, the nipples will have a more normal-looking projection. The incisions, if any, are generally closed using absorbable sutures.
What Happens Immediately After Nipple Inversion Surgery?
After some time spent in the recovery room following your surgery, your incisions will be dressed with bandages. You will go home the same day with instructions for after-care and an appointment set for a couple of days later for your first follow-up exam.
When Can I Return to Work After Nipple Inversion Surgery?
Most women take just a few days off from work after this surgery. You may resume exercise or sports activities in four to six weeks. If your occupation is physically demanding, you may need four to six weeks off work as well.
What Post-Operative Symptoms Can I Expect After Nipple Inversion Surgery?
Most women experience minimal post-operative symptoms, but these can include minor bruising, swelling, and discomfort. You can take prescription or non-prescription medications to ease you through this period, if necessary, but some patients find that they need no pain medication at all.
Swelling may take longer to resolve, but the incision sites should heal quickly. Some women will notice a change in sensation to their nipples, but this will usually improve over several months.
Are There Scars After Nipple Inversion Surgery?
There are scars after the surgery, but they are small and minimal in most cases. Since they appear at the base of the nipples, they are also less noticeable. The scars will fade and become less prominent in the months following your surgery. We will also provide strategies for healing the scars as quickly as possible.
Contact our office for a consultation to discuss how nipple inversion surgery with Dr. Ledding can correct inverted nipples.