Inverted nipples can be a source of embarrassment, decreasing your self-confidence. They may also make breastfeeding more difficult. Inverted nipple correction surgery is designed to make the nipples protrude more, giving you a more desirable breast contour.
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How to correct inverted nipples
- A routine surgical procedure that targets tightened breast duct tissue to release the nipple, allowing it to protrude.
Inverted nipple correction allows you to
- Create a more aesthetically pleasing breast shape.
- Eliminate the embarrassment of inverted nipples, thereby giving you a higher degree of confidence and a boost in self-esteem.
Overwhelmingly high patient satisfaction from inverted nipple surgery
Female patients who had inverted nipple correction surgery experienced overwhelmingly high rates of satisfaction, with long lasting results, according to a study led by Dr. G. Stevens in 2004, An Integrated Approach to the Repair of Inverted Nipples. With surgical methods that have improved since that time, your surgery can achieve an outcome that is extremely pleasing, aesthetically and psychologically.
What we think of as a “normal” nipple appearance—elevated tissue located in the centre of the areola—is characterized as everted. Everted nipples are raised away from the breast’s skin at normal body temperature and do not require stimulation to maintain their elevation. They are kept erect due to a tiny cylindrical column of small smooth muscles and become more pronounced when affected by cold or touch. Everted nipples in women allow for easier breastfeeding.
My belief is, if it's been bothering you for years, and it has been affecting your self confidence and you’ve tried all the healthy alternatives and you can’t change it because you've reached your plateau, then I encourage it.
Inverted nipples are created by tight breast duct tissue that has been shortened. The tension of these ducts draws the nipples inward and, in severe cases, can even lead to a visible surface depression at the areola’s centre. Genetics, trauma and physiological changes to your body following pregnancy and lactation are factors that can contribute to their development. The abnormality is not a risk to your health, although severe cases may increase your susceptibility to infection. However, they can decrease your satisfaction with your appearance and make you feel more self-conscious, preventing you from enjoying certain activities.
Inverted nipples may become erect with stimulation.
Many people are born with inverted nipples, but the condition can also develop on one or both breasts as the result of breast surgery (like breast reduction, lifts or cancer-related surgeries such as radiotherapy or lumpectomy) or pregnancy. By understanding which alterations are natural and which are not, every woman can more effectively monitor her own health during a monthly breast self-examination.
17.7 in every 1000 women have an inverted nipple on one or both breasts, a statistic that was compiled by the Plastic Surgeon, Dr. R. Schwager in his paper, Inversion of the Human Female Nipple, With a Simple Method of Treatment. Based on this number, almost 2% of women in Canada have nipple inversion, and men are not exempt from its development. Males and females alike may experience adverse effects on their self-esteem and body image, while women may suffer from difficulties with breastfeeding as well.
Your surgeon will ensure that the surgical technique applied to correct your inverted nipples is suitable based on the severity of inversion (based on a scientifically developed grading system).
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Everyone’s nipples and areolae (the dark tissue surrounding the nipple) are different, ranging in shape, colour and size. While each of us is born with a unique combination of these “normal” traits, our nipples still change throughout our lives as hormone levels shift during puberty, pregnancy and/or breastfeeding, as well as with age.
Some level of variation is to be expected, but it’s still important to monitor your nipples for unusual changes that can’t be attributed to natural causes. Coupling a monthly breast self-exam with a check for nipple abnormality will help you to watch out for the development of any issues that may require medical attention.
While inverted nipples are not a concern in and of themselves, their development should still be monitored. Some forms of cancer alter the breast ducts and can lead to duct—and ultimately nipple—retraction. Anyone who discovers nipple inversion during their self-examination is urged to bring the change to their physician’s attention in order to determine whether or not there is any cause for concern. Unusual changes (like lumps, pain, blisters or nipple discharge) should be professionally assessed by a medical doctor.
Inverted nipple correction surgery is a cosmetic surgical procedure that you should decide to undergo on your own accord. It is important that you examine why you’d like to undergo this procedure and have realistic expectations of surgery. Express your goals and reasons during your consultation so he can have a better understanding of your expectations from surgery. That way, you’ll be happier with your results.
While complications are fairly rare, you should still be aware of the potential risks of inverted nipple correction. These include hematoma, infection, the potential inability to breastfeed and undesirable changes in nipple sensation. You can reduce the potential of negative side effects by following your post-operative care instructions provided to you prior to your surgery.
Your medical history will be examined and your health assessed. You will find out more about the surgery and its related risks. Photos will be taken. Make sure to discuss your expectations and concerns so your surgeon can better understand what you’d like to achieve.
You’ll receive instructions on how to prepare for surgery with guidelines for eating, drinking and smoking. Smokers should stop well in advance of surgery. You’ll most likely need to stop taking certain medications, particularly those that may increase bleeding. You’ll also find out what to do the night before and day of your surgery. You should make plans to have someone pick you up after surgery and help you the first few days of recovery, since simple tasks may be difficult to perform.
You’ll also determine the location of your surgery. You may choose to undergo the procedure at the Humber River Hospital or a private surgical facility.
Anesthesia will be administered. It may be local or general anesthesia.
Incisions will be made in the nipple area to access tissue fibres that are responsible for the condition. These fibres are gently spread to release the nipple. To maintain protrusion, sutures are placed. A stent may be used to hold the nipple in place and help with recovery.
The surgery usually takes under an hour.
Following the surgery
As the anesthesia wears off, you’ll most likely feel sore following surgery. Discomfort may be alleviated with medication. If stents were placed, they will be removed in one to three days following surgery. Swelling and bruising are typical and will most likely last several weeks. Follow the post-operative care instructions provided to you by your surgeon closely to expedite your recovery.
Returning to normal
Generally, you will be able to return to normal activity and work after you’ve spent some time in the recovery room of the surgical facility. You may resume moderate physical activity after two to three days.
You’ll most likely be highly satisfied with the permanent results of your surgery.