Inverted nipples can cause functional problems and emotional concerns for patients with this anatomical feature. Patients with inverted nipples typically have this condition from puberty when they developed breasts. There are varying degrees of severity of inverted nipples. Correction of inverted nipples can improve both the appearance and functioning of breasts. Patients experience greater comfort and confidence after surgery.
Tethering bands that pull the nipple inward cause the inversion. Inverted nipples can be caused due to nipple variation from birth, breast development, breastfeeding, trauma, surgery, scars, major weight loss, breast cancer, ptosis, or breast infection.
Dr. Breitbart typically performs surgery for correction of inverted nipples under local anesthesia as an outpatient office procedure. Depending upon the degree of nipple inversion, Dr. Breitbart chooses the most appropriate surgical technique. The procedure generally takes about an hour. Recovery time is just a few days or less and the scars are usually hardly visible, or not visible at all. Following this corrective surgery, patients experience long lasting results with nipples projecting outwardly.
Patients can see the results immediately. Strenous activity should be avoided for up to 2 weeks post-surgery.
Most insurance companies consider this surgery to be cosmetic and do not cover the procedure. At your consultation, you will be given the exact fees.
Yes, nipple inversion surgery provides long lasting results so that patients have functioning nipples that project outwardly. Patients experience greater comfort and confidence after surgery. Recurrence is rare, but should it happen, revision can be performed to restore normal nipple projection.
Surgery for nipple inversion generally takes about thirty minutes to an hour. Surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia.