Inverted Nipple Correction in Western, PA
Did you know one in five people have inverted nipples? While some people have never heard of the inverted nipple, about 20% of women suffer from this condition. However, most people have never heard of this unless they themselves suffer from it. Many women are self-conscious about their condition. Inverted nipples are exactly what they sound like: nipples that are retracted into the surrounding tissue of the areola, and in extreme cases, can even be hidden.
Inverted nipples are caused by genetics, infection, weight loss, breastfeeding complications, trauma, aging, breast cancer (carcinoma) and pregnancy. The biggest medical issue with inverted nipples involves complications with breastfeeding. As for the cosmetic side, they are considered less flattering.
You May Need Nipple Repair or Correction If…
- Born with nipple inversion
- Developed inverted nipples due to trauma, breastfeeding, extreme weight loss, or injury
- Dissatisfied with previous nipple correction surgery
- Have overall good health and realistic expectations
- At least 18 years old
- Not currently pregnant or nursing
Thankfully, the Advanced Liposuction Center offers a solution for inverted nipples. Modern medicine allows us to release the connective tissue which holds the nipple in place. Once the fibers are intact, we place dissolving sutures to keep the nipple forward. Only one small incision is needed, so scarring is very minimal. Plus, the areolas natural color and texture will hide the scar. This is a very successful procedure with minor complications that can not only improve appearance, but will also help women’s ability to breastfeed.
Most patients are very satisfied with the results of the procedure. In rare instances, patients might need a touch up to improve the nipple projection. Dr. Giraldo will discuss further details with patients to determine if it’s necessary.
Nipple Reconstruction After Breast Cancer
Women who have undergone a mastectomy can benefit from nipple correction after their reconstructive breast procedure. Nipple reconstruction will give the finishing touch on their newly constructed breasts, giving them a more natural look and feel. Dr. Giraldo can use fat transfers or grafting during this procedure, which takes donor tissue and skin to rebuild the nipple. We recommend waiting until patients breasts have healed from their first surgery before undergoing nipple correction. It is not required, but many women prefer this option for more natural looking nipples.
Every patient is different. Most patients do not experience changes in nipple sensation. However, if there are changes, the nipple may become more or less sensitive.
As long as the nipple has sensation, patients can still breastfeed after surgery.
Most patients can return to their normal exercise routine within 2-3 weeks.
Does the surgery hurt?
Local anesthesia is used, so the procedure is comfortable with slight discomfort afterwards for a few days.
When can I go back to work after surgery?
Since there is little pain involved with the surgery, patients can return to work within 2-3 days. However, if patients work requires physical labor, we may recommend taking 2-3 weeks off.
Is nipple reconstruction covered by insurance?
Since it is considered cosmetic, nipple repair is not covered by insurance.
To get started on a path to a better you, schedule a free consultation at: 724-683-7581.