Inverted nipple correction refers to an in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia to correct nipples that are inverted — i.e. “shy nipples,” meaning they retract inward instead of protruding outward. This condition can be congenital (present from birth) or acquired due to various factors such as breastfeeding, trauma, or scarring. The primary goal of the procedure is to create nipples that project outward, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. The correction can enhance the symmetry and balance of the breasts. Additionally, correcting the inversion can help improve self-esteem and body image, allowing individuals to feel more comfortable and confident in their own skin.
What are the Benefits of Inverted Nipple Correction?
- Enhanced Self-Confidence: Many people with inverted nipples may feel self-conscious or have concerns about their nipple appearance.
- Functional Improvements: In addition to cosmetic benefits, inverted nipple correction surgery can address functional issues. For some individuals, inverted nipples can make breastfeeding difficult or cause discomfort during breastfeeding. Correcting the inversion can potentially improve nipple function and ease breastfeeding.
- Easier Hygiene and Clothing Options: Inverted nipples can sometimes make hygiene and wearing certain types of clothing challenging. After the correction procedure, maintaining nipple hygiene becomes easier, and individuals may have more options when it comes to clothing styles and undergarments.
- Long-Lasting Results: In most cases, the results of inverted nipple correction surgery are permanent.
Am I a Good Candidate for Inverted Nipple Correction?
You’re an ideal candidate for an inverted nipple repair if one or both of your nipples are inverted, leading to self-consciousness. However, you should avoid or delay the procedure if you’re pregnant or nursing. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Payne, will review your medical history and discuss your concerns to determine whether nipple correction is the right procedure for you.
How is the Inverted Nipple Correction Procedure Performed?
Inverted nipples typically take less than one hour to correct. When correcting an inverted nipple, small incisions are made around the base of the nipple or in the areola (the darker area surrounding the nipple). The precise location and length of the incisions may vary depending on the severity of the inversion and the chosen technique.
Dr. Eric Payne will then carefully release any constricting or tethering tissue that is causing the nipple to retract inward. This may involve making strategic incisions and separating the tissue connections. To promote the projection of the nipple, internal sutures and absorbable mesh inserts may be used. These techniques help to hold the nipple in an outward position and prevent it from retracting.
Once the necessary corrections are made, the incisions are closed with sutures. The sutures used can be absorbable or may require removal in a follow-up appointment.
Will I Be Able to Breastfeed After Inverted Nipple Correction?
Breastfeeding may or may not be affected by this breast surgery. The procedure typically involves division of some of the milk ducts in order to release the fibrous bands that are “tethering” the nipple in an inverted position. Sensitivity and breastfeeding may also be affected by this procedure, but Dr. Eric Payne will explain all aspects of surgery — including all of the risks and benefits — during your initial consultation to help you determine the best option for your needs.
How Long is Recovery From Inverted Nipple Correction?
You’ll experience mild swelling, bruising, and discomfort around the treatment area for the first few days. Most patients feel comfortable returning to work and normal activities within a day, but you’ll need to avoid vigorous workouts for the first one to two weeks. The overall healing and recovery process takes approximately 4 weeks.
What Can I Expect After Inverted Nipple Correction?
You may experience mild swelling, bruising and discomfort for the first few days. A protective dressing or compression garment may be applied to the treated area. This helps to provide support, minimize swelling, and protect the incision sites. You will be given specific aftercare instructions, including how to clean the incisions and when to follow up with Dr. Eric Payne. In most cases, the results of inverted nipple correction surgery are permanent. Once the nipple is released or reconstructed, it typically maintains its outward projection.
How Much Does Inverted Nipple Correction Cost?
Texas Liposuction offers the best pricing in the Houston area. The cost can vary depending on the severity of the inversion and how long the procedure will take to complete. Typically, inverted nipple correction costs approximately $2,000 – $3,000 per nipple. During the consultation, Dr. Payne will examine your concerns and listen to your aesthetic goals. You will receive a cost estimate on the same day as your initial consultation visit.
Contact Texas Liposuction Specialty Clinic in Houston today to schedule a consultation for your treatment withDr. Payne.