An inverted nipple is a condition in which the nipple is pulled inward into the breast instead of pointing outward. This condition can also be called nipple inversion. It is caused by excess connective tissue which can lead to the shortening of the milk ducts as they come into the nipple. Release or partial division of these ducts is one of the key elements of correction. It can occur on one or both breasts and men can have this too. For some, the condition is embarrassing, stressful and can cause lack of self-confidence.
There are three grades that are used to classify the severity of the inversion, and help to determine the best course of treatment. These are:
- Grade 1 – The lowest level of nipple inversion. Nipples will often appear flat but may sometimes evert as a result of temperature changes and without manipulation.
- Grade 2 – Nipple is slightly more inverted. They can normally be pulled out manually but will retract once pressure is removed.
- Grade 3 – The most severe form of nipple inversion. Nipples often cannot be everted, even with manual manipulation.
What does inverted nipple correction surgery involve?
Mr Sherif Wilson MB, ChB, MS, FRCS (Plastic Surgery) will cut under your nipple and free it from the surrounding tissue. A stitch is secured and placed around the nipple is applied to hold it in a protruding position. A shower proof dressing will be applied.
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Going home after surgery
Inverted nipple surgery can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. It is usually performed as day case procedure meaning you will be able to go home the same day. The surgery takes around 30 minutes.
You will be asked to avoid doing anything strenuous for at least one week. Most patients can return to work the next day. You may experience slight swelling or bruising, and you may be advised not to wear padded bras or tight tops for 10-14 days following surgery to avoid compressing the nipple.
How much does this surgery cost?
Depending on the type of procedure and anesthetic you require, the cost of surgery can vary. Following an initial consultation with Mr Wilson, a bespoke quote will be provided, specific to each patient.
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