What are Inverted Nipples?
A normal nipple protrudes from its place in the middle of the breast, pointing outward from the center, while an inverted nipple lays flat or indents into the breast. Inverted nipple correction can be performed in this situation.
Here is a test you can perform to discover whether or not you have inverted nipples:
Gently pinch around the edges of the areola (the ring of color around the nipple) on each of your breasts. If the nipple sticks out, it’s a normal nipple. If the nipple lays flat or retracts into the breast, then it is called an inverted nipple.
If you are bothered by inverted nipples, you can first try these home remedies for reversing this situation and getting the nipples to protrude.
Inverted nipples are held in their inverted state by their connection to the breast tissue underneath. If you can loosen or break those connections, the nipple may then stand out. The act of gently rolling and stretching the inverted nipple several times a day may loosen or break this connection. Special suction devices and clamps are also available to assist in the process.
Breastfeeding can also have a long-term effect on inverted nipples, causing them to protrude, sometimes for many months after the baby is no longer feeding from the breast. To learn about other causes of inverted nipples read this article.
Inverted Nipple Correction Can be Permanent
In most cases, permanent inverted nipple correction can only be achieved through cosmetic surgery.
Plastic surgery to correct inverted nipples is only recommended for women over the age of 18, who are healthy and not pregnant nor currently breastfeeding.
Breast revision surgery for nipple inversion correction is commonly performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis.
There was a time when the common treatment for inverted nipples was the severing of the milk ducts in order to release the nipple, allowing it to protrude. Although effective, this surgical approach is destructive in that it makes future breastfeeding impossible.
Many surgeons have now embraced a newer technique of inverted nipple surgery, which preserves the milk ducts and does not hamper the woman’s potential to breastfeed. In this procedure, the focus is on releasing the surrounding fibers, which are preventing the release of the nipple. Instead of severing them, the goal of the surgeon is to spread or stretch the fibers, thereby releasing the nipple.
To do this, your surgeon will make a small incision in the areola, hold the nipple in the “out” position and insert several sutures under the skin. Your surgeon and his nursing staff then place a protective device over the nipple to hold it in position, ensuring it stays protracted during the healing process.
The sutures don’t have to be removed. They dissolve in a couple of weeks, leaving you with correctly protruding nipples and barely noticeable scarring.
Results of nipple inversion correction are usually permanent.
Inverted nipple surgery procedures are constantly being refined. Ensuring you get the latest approved surgical technique, is one reason you always want to make sure your doctor is a highly educated, Board Certified plastic surgeon, who keeps up with all advances in his field.
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