If you suffer from inverted nipples, you may feel that this is a source of embarrassment; it can cause difficulty in breast feeding and/or lead to hygiene problems as the area is difficult to clean.
It is probably much more common than you think, affecting around 10% of the population – so you are certainly not alone.
The condition can be congenital (i.e. you are born with the problem and it develops further as the breasts begin to grow), or acquired (i.e. after surgery or as a sign of another medical problem).
If nipples become inverted over a short period of time (i.e. a few months) and especially associated with a blood stained discharge, you should seek urgent medical attention.
Before considering inverted nipple correction surgery, you might want to try the non-surgical treatments such as the Niplette – a suction device which gently stretches the milk ducts over a period of time, but which is more effective on patients with a very mild degree of inversion.
If non-surgical intervention is unsuccessful and if your inverted nipples are long standing and are not associated with any breast disease, then these can be corrected, usually by a relatively simple and straightforward surgical procedure taking approximately one hour under local anaesthetic (where you will be awake).
During inverted nipple correction surgery, your surgeon will release or divide the milk ducts which are pulling the nipple inwards. The nipple should then come out and lie normally. Dissolvable stitches are used underneath the nipple to hold it in position whilst it heals.
You can go home the same day and the recovery can be less than 2 weeks.
We carry out this procedure regularly in our surgical facility at Sthetix Clinic in Liverpool.
Our specialist breast plastic surgeons carry out this operation for patients from all over the North West and throughout the UK.
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