Inverted (Inversion) Nipple Correction Surgery
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.