An inverted nipple retracts into the breast rather than pointing outwards.
The cause of the condition may be congenital (present at birth), in which case underdeveloped lactiferous ducts connect the base of the nipple to deep breast tissue. Otherwise, it may result from excessive scarring caused by inflammation (trauma, infection, cancer, surgery). In both cases, the nipple is pulled towards deeper breast tissue. This condition may affect one or both nipples. Women who are considering corrective surgery may be feeling embarrassed about the appearance of their nipples, experiencing hygiene issues, or having difficulty breastfeeding (depending on the severity of their condition). In some women, this distortion may be aggravated during pregnancy.
Although inverted nipple correction surgery is a simple procedure associated with benefits such as correcting a functional issue (hygiene) and boosting self-esteem, it is important to note that the capacity to breastfeed can be affected by the surgery.
What does the surgery entail?
This surgery is done under local anesthesia.
A small incision is made along the lower edge of the areola (coloured area surrounding the nipple), giving the surgeon access to the tight bands of tissue that need to be divided. Lactiferous ducts can be preserved in certain cases. However, if breastfeeding was possible prior to surgery, it may be affected if the nipple correction requires the division of the lactiferous ducts.
Frequently asked questions
Depending on the severity of the inversion, this minor surgery may last anywhere from twenty minutes to one hour.
Lactiferous ducts carry the milk to the nipple when a woman is breastfeeding. Prior to surgery, a woman with an inverted nipple may have difficulty breastfeeding; in some women, breastfeeding may be possible if the suction created by the baby is strong enough to pull the nipple out. As the lactiferous ducts are partially or fully divided during an inverted nipple correction procedure, most women are less likely to be able of breastfeeding following the surgery. It is therefore strongly recommended that women who are able and willing to breastfeed delay this procedure until they are positive they will no longer need to breastfeed.
During the procedure, the surgeon attempts to recreate a natural and symmetrical appearance of the nipples. However, the contour of the nipples may vary slightly from one breast to the other.
However, some women notice a certain loss or absence of sensation in their nipples following the procedure. During the procedure, the surgeon attempts to preserve the sensory nerve fibres leading to the nipple.
The effects of corrective surgery are normally permanent.
You will heal in the days following the surgery. There are no specific restrictions regarding physical activity. However, certain physically demanding sports may initially cause discomfort.
An inverted nipple correction is a minor procedure which can easily be done under local anesthesia, just like a trip to the dentist.
An inverted nipple correction generally costs between $1,875 and $2,750. However, additional charges may apply if the patient has a particular condition or if different surgeries are combined.
PLASTIC AND AESTHETIC SURGEON
Dr. Mario Luc
PLASTIC AND AESTHETIC SURGEON
Dr. Marie-Pascale Tremblay-Champagne
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