Q. Can inverted nipples be a sign of cancer?
A newly inverted nipple can be a symptom of breast cancer as nipple retraction can occur when the tumour attacks the duct behind the nipple, pulling it in. If you have noticed a sudden change in your nipples, then we recommend that you visit your GP to rule out any underlying health conditions.
If you have had nipple inversions for a long time then it is unlikely that it is a sign of breast cancer.
Q. Do inverted nipples need to be treated?
The treatment for inverted nipple depends on the severity of the problem. Make sure you ask the surgeon everything related to surgery before proceeding for the inverted nipple correction.
Q. Is there a non-surgical alternative to correct inverted nipples?
Yes, the niplette suction device is used to correct the inversion that is advisable before recommending the surgical option. The Niplette device works great on grade-1 or grade-2 inverted nipples, but grade-3 has the only option with the surgical procedure.
Q. Is it possible to breastfeed before the inverted nipple correction procedure?
Yes, it may be possible for breastfeeding with the inverted nipple, but to a greater extent it depends on the severity of the issue. It is very much difficult to breastfeeding if a woman is suffering from the grade-3 type of inverted nipple issue.
Q. What happens in an inverted nipple correction consultation?
A consultation has always a great role in plastic & cosmetic surgery as it offers you a chance to ask questions concerned with your problem. The surgeon evaluates the problem status and discusses the results, relevant procedure option/technique, and the realistic outcomes before performing the surgery to brief the surgical limitations according to the problem status.
Q. Is it possible for the consultation and procedure to be carried out on the same day?
Yes, it can be possible if you plan everything in advance, it means you are expected to send photographs of the treatment area so that your assessment can be done on the ‘see & treat basis.’ However, you will get an appointment date and on the same date, your procedure will be carried out predominantly.
Q. Is it possible to combine inverted nipple surgery with breast enlargement?
Yes, it is possible to combine both inverted nipple surgery and breast enlargement.
Q. What type of anesthesia is required for inverted nipple correction surgery?
Inverted nipple procedures are simply performed under local anaesthetic. But, in some special cases, when inverted nipple surgery is combined with another procedure such as breast enlargement/augmentation, the usable anaesthetic would be general anaesthesia.
Q. How much time inverted nipple correction takes?
Nipple correction surgery usually takes 1 hour or less under local anaesthetic.
Q. Will I need to stay overnight after an inverted nipple correction procedure?
Inverted nipple corrected is performed as a day-care basis so that you would be able to return home on the same day.
Q. What is the recovery period following inverted nipple correction surgery?
You will have mild discomfort for 1 to 2 days.
You can do cardio like activity in a week time and strenuous exercise within 2 weeks.
Pain killers are prescribed to minimize such discomforts.
Q. When can I resume work after the inverted nipple correction procedure?
You can resume work after 2-3 of the inverted nipple correction surgery.
Q. Is it possible to breastfeed after inverted nipple correction surgery?
The milk ducts that often pulls the nipples inwards gets divided during surgery. It will be difficult to breastfeeding after the surgery. Therefore, it is ideal to go for the surgery once your family is complete.
Q. Will I lose sensation after inverted nipple correction surgery?
The nipple sensation may change slightly in the primary stages after inverted nipple surgery, but everything will be returned to normal once healed and the nipple will respond to touch and cold as usual.
Q. Can I drive after the inverted nipple correction procedure?
It is recommended to wait at least 1-2 days to drive after inverted nipple correction surgery.
Q. What is the scarring like after inverted nipple correction?
There is very little probability of appearing scar or noticeable scar after the inverted nipple correction surgery because a very small incision is made at the base of the nipple that can be effectively camouflaged.
Q. Are the results permanent after inverted nipple correction surgery?
The results of inverted nipple correction are permanent, but some factors like weight gain and pregnancy can alter the results.
Q. What are the risks involved with the inverted nipple correction procedure?
As with any type of surgery, there are risks associated with inverted nipple correction surgery, although these are very rare and unlikely to occur. Inverted nipple surgery, in particular, does carry the risk of an inability to breastfeed. Therefore, it is advisable to ask the surgeon about the procedure before planning the procedure.