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Inverted Nipple Corrective Surgery

Posted March 28, 2019 in Breast Surgery

Many women who look into enhancing their breasts desire a larger and fuller bust. However, some women may want surgery because they struggle with unflattering nipples. Although some patients tend to have nipples that invert due to change in temperature or stimulation, others have nipples that stay permanently inverted.

Inverted nipples, also known as retracted nipples, happen when one or both nipples either lie flat against a woman’s areola or go inward instead of protruding out. While inverted nipples do not pose a threat to a patient’s health, it can cause them to feel self-conscious about their appearance. Fortunately, Dr. Ghere can address this issue using various techniques to produce aesthetically pleasing nipples.

What Causes Inverted Nipples?

Inverted nipples are known to develop impulsively and usually become more noticeable when a woman is experiencing puberty. However, men are likely to develop this issue as well. Sometimes one or both nipples can indent more than they protrude and cause the breasts to look misshapen and unnatural. This condition may also develop due to a woman having shortened milk ducts and ligaments, which serve as a restraint to the nipples when their chest is growing. When this occurs, it can also be difficult for some women to breastfeed. In rare occasions, inverted nipples can result from trauma or breast cancer.

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Many patients who wish to correct their inverted nipples without having to undergo plastic surgery either use suction devices or the Hoffman technique. The Hoffman technique will have you place your thumbs on the base of the nipple as you press firmly into the breast and gently pull your thumbs away from each other. However, these methods are only temporary as only inverted nipple corrective surgery can permanently repair your nipples.

Treating Your Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipple corrective surgery is performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and can take a few hours to complete, depending on the amount of correction needed. During your surgery, an incision is made along the base of your nipple-areola complex. Once the incision has been made, both the nipple and areola will be lifted from the breast to a protruding position. The incision is then closed using surgical structures, and a compression garment is placed on the treated area. Other breast procedures like breast augmentation and breast lift surgery can also address misshapen nipples and enhance your overall appearance.

To learn more about inverted nipple corrective surgery or to determine if you are an ideal candidate, please contact Dr. Ghere at (225) 412-4774 or schedule a consultation with us online today!

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Mary Ghere, MD

Weiler Plastic Surgery

4212 Bluebonnet Blvd., Suite A
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Phone: 225-399-0001

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