What is Nipple Inversion Repair?
Nipple inversion repair is a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure designed to correct the appearance of inverted nipples in both women and men. Approximately two percent of the female population is affected by nipple inversion. In most cases, nipple inversion is a congenital condition, but there are some instances where nipples become inverted due to constricted milk ducts from breastfeeding. This condition can cause embarrassment, self-esteem issues and can even prevent proper breastfeeding.
The varying degrees of inverted nipples are as follows:
- Grade One: Minimal nipple inversion; nipples have the ability to temporarily project in cold temperatures, as well as in response to manual contact and/or stimulation
- Grade Two: Moderate nipple inversion; nipples cannot project as easily and/or as long as grade one’s definition; milk ducts are more likely to be defective which can compromise breastfeeding
- Grade Three: Severe nipple inversion; nipples never project which can lead to infection and nipple hygiene issues; breastfeeding is almost impossible.
What is Nipple Reduction Surgery?
Nipple reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure to treat enlarged or extended nipples. This treatment can reduce nipple length, width and/or both. Nipple reduction is commonly performed under local anesthesia in an outpatient setting. Nipples that are undesirably long or project outwards too far can benefit from length reduction where the surgeon shortens the tip of the nipple and closes it with sutures. Nipples that are too wide can benefit from circumference reduction where the surgeon removes undersurface nipple tissue to reduce the overall width of the nipple. In most cases, dissolvable sutures are utilized.
The recovery process is relatively quick, lasting just one to three days. Some minor swelling and/or bruising can occur, but any discomfort is easily controlled with over-the-counter pain medication. Patients can usually resume normal daily activity after one to two days following nipple reduction surgery.
Contact us today to schedule a breast nipple surgery consultation with Dr. Barrett.