Inverted Nipple Surgery
About the process
While many women visit a plastic surgeon for enlarging or reducing the size of the breasts, but most of them also visit due to inverted nipples. The condition is painless, but it can make the breasts look distorted, and if only one breast is involved, it can cause the breasts to look asymmetrical.
Patients with inverted nipples often feel embarrassed about the appearance of their breasts, particularly during sexual encounters.
Inverted nipples are due to milk ducts that are too short to allow for the nipple to protrude out, thus tethering the nipple. This leads to the nipple being ‘pulled in’ instead of protruding. While most inverted nipples are the result of short milk ducts, they can also develop after pregnancy, when the post-pregnancy loss of breast tissue results in the nipple being pulled in.
Different Levels of Nipple Inversion
The level of nipple inversion is based on a scale of 1-3.
- The least severe level is often called, “shy” nipple. In this case, the nipple, while inverted, will usually respond to cold or tactile stimulation by protruding normally. Nipples may stay protruding for a while, then go back to being inverted.
- In level 2, nipples remain inverted all the time.
- At level 3, the most severe level of nipple inversion, not even vigorous stimulation will make the nipple project at all because of severe tissue constriction or scarring.
The Inverted Nipple Correction Advantage
A problem with inverted nipples can lead to problems with self-consciousness and embarrassment. However, inverted nipples can also cause problems beyond aesthetic concerns. They can lead to frustrating issues with breastfeeding, infections, and other physical discomforts. Most people don’t know that this is a readily correctable problem with nipple reconstruction.