Inverted Nipple Correction
Dermatology, Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery in New York City (NYC) and Manhattan
Inverted nipples can be a source of embarrassment and frustration for women. Nipple inversion not only affects your body image, it can also impact your ability to breastfeed. The thin muscles located in your areola should cause the nipples to project when stimulated. If these muscles are too weak, they may not be able to maintain the projection (or initiate it at all).
Some women are born with this condition, while others obtain it due to breastfeeding or trauma. No matter what the cause, our experienced New York plastic surgeon can correct it by performing a simple procedure.
To learn more about inverted nipple correction, call us today at (888) 610-3133 to schedule a consultation.
Types of Nipple Inversion
Nipple inversion occurs in varying degrees, and may be different between a woman’s two breasts. The main types of nipple inversion are:
- Grade I – Minor retraction. Non-surgical correction may be possible with a suction device, or the use of a short-term piercing to project the nipple normally. Sutures may also be placed around the outside of the nipple in order to reshape it in a way that does not interfere with your milk ducts.
- Grade II – Due to fibrosis of the tissues, the nipple retracts easily, even though it can temporarily project. This is the most common type of nipple inversion. Minimal surgery is required in this case. Fibrous tissue is accessed through a tiny incision at the base of the nipple, and a microsurgical instrument is used to release the fibers that hold the nipple in its inverted position.
- Grade III – The nipple cannot project at all. Surgery is required to correct this problem. In Grade III inverted nipples, a large degree of fibrosis is usually present, and the milk ducts may be recessed because of the lack of soft tissue underneath and around the nipple.
Inverted Nipple Surgery: Recovery and Results
Inverted nipple correction surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia, and takes about an hour to complete. Most patients can return to work the next day, and resume exercising as early as three days after surgery.
Following your procedure, you will have a surgical dressing covering your nipple to ensure it does not retract while it heals. We will follow up with you to make sure you are healing properly. At JUVA Skin & Laser Center, we strive to ensure your entire experience – from consultation to recovery – is safe and successful.
If you have further questions about inverted nipple correction, please contact JUVA Skin & Laser Center today or call (888) 610-3133 to schedule an initial consultation with our experienced NYC plastic surgeon. We serve patients throughout Manhattan and New York City.