An Inverted nipple is due to a malformation of milk ducts that pull the nipple inward. The nipples, instead of rising out of the areola, are umbilicated. This condition disfigures the appearance of the breast. The treatment for most inverted nipples is surgery. It increases the projection of the nipples, and so improves the appearance of the breast.
This information sheet is issued by Dr. Vincent Nguyen, board-certified plastic surgeon in Paris, familiar with the treatment of inverted nipples.
It provides all the information about the surgery, scars, recovery, before and after comparison photographs, Social Security coverage and the cost of inverted nipple treatment.
What is an inverted nipple?
A nipple is the protruding part in the center of the areola (darker part of the skin on the surface of the breast). It’s the end of lactiferous ducts from which milk leave the breast. The nipple size may be 3 to 7 mm. it may be flat, or invaginated. It’s called an inverted nipple.
Nipple inversion is due to short or underdeveloped lactiferous ducts that pull the nipple inward, or/and to fibrosis.
What’s the goal of an inverted nipple surgery?
The goal is to achieve a permanent projection of the nipple to give the breast a more natural appearance. The benefit is only esthetic as it doesn’t improve lactation.
What causes an inverted nipple?
In most cases patients were born this way but it may also result from pregnancy, breastfeeding or infectious breast disease.
BEFORE AN INVERTED NIPPLE PROCEDURE:
INVERTED NIPPLE PROCEDURE:
AFTER THE PROCEDURE ON INVERTED NIPPLES:
Can the nipple invert again after the procedure?
After a nipple correction treatment, there may be a risk that the nipple invert again.
Is there a risk that the treatment alters the ability to breastfeed?
In certain cases, breastfeeding may be proven difficult as the treatment may affect the duct system. But inverted nipples often prevent women from breastfeeding.
What scars and treatments for inverted nipples?
To get protruding nipples, the surgeon cuts lactiferous ducts deep under the nipple.
Many incisions are possible, through the nipple or under the nipple. In any case, a deep suture provides a permanent correction.
The use of dermal flaps centered on the nipple may be indicated to have a better projection of the nipple.
In all cases scars are very small and fade over time.
May inverted nipple surgery be combined with another breast procedure?
Yes, it may be associated with any other esthetic breast surgery (breast augmentation with implants or lipofilling, breast reduction, breast lift with or without implants) or with a reconstructive breast surgery (breast deformity, tuberous breast, mammary asymmetry, breast reconstruction after breast cancer, Poland syndrome…).
What are the alternatives to inverted nipple surgery?
If the patient doesn’t want to undergo surgery, it may be possible, in case of mild inversion, to perform a suction of the nipple with a syringe to release the nipple. It must be done every day for 3 months to get a result.