It’s estimated that around 10 per cent of people in the UK have inverted nipples. Retracted into the breast, inverted nipples can affect both men and women and can cause extreme embarrassment. They don’t just affect the aesthetics of the breast however. In women inverted nipples can also cause the milk ducts to be shorter, producing problems with breastfeeding.
Most of the time they are present from birth, but if they develop later on in life you should have a check up to determine whether there’s an underlying cause that needs to be treated. Inverted nipple correction is a very common and popular procedure and results are seen in just a matter of weeks.
Understanding the inverted nipple correction procedure
Inverted nipple correction is a relatively straightforward procedure and it can be carried out under local or general anaesthetic. A small incision is made on part of the nipple, before the milk ducks are divided. Stitches are used to keep the nipple in place. In some cases, the milk ducts may be released, rather than divided. Depending on the technique used, it can mean that breast feeding is not an option in the future, although many women are unable to breast feed for a number of reasons and inverted nipples can make it difficult. Mr Paul Tulley will explain this aspect in full at your consultation and answer any questions you may have.
An inverted nipple correction typically takes just 15 minutes to perform the procedure on each nipple. For this reason, many people choose to have the surgery as a day case under local anaesthetic. Scarring is kept to a minimum and you should be able to return to work within two days, although each patient’s recovery time will differ.
Some discomfort around the nipple is common within the first week following the procedure. However, if the pain is severe you should contact the surgeon immediately. A dressing will need to be worn for a week before it is changed. All risks will be discussed within your initial consultation, where you’ll also be able to ask any questions you may have.