Inverted Nipple Surgery, also known as Areola Reduction surgery or Nipple Reconstruction Surgery, is a procedure that can help to resolve the issue.
An inverted nipple condition is when the nipple points inwards rather than outwards, which can cause embarrassment and even affect your self-esteem. However, there are methods such as inverted nipple surgery that can correct this problem so you can get back to feeling confident about your body again.
What Is A Nipple-Areola Complex?
The nipple-areola complex is the darker area surrounding your nipple. It’s made up of two parts: your areola and your nipple. The areola is a small, circular, pigmented area around the nipple, while the actual tip is called the papilla. When such conditions occur, they make it difficult to see either part of this complex—leaving only a tiny bump where you’d expect to find something more prominent.
How Does Nipple Inversion Happen?
Nipple inversion can occur for several reasons. It’s most common in women who have been pregnant, but it can also happen to men and women who have never been pregnant. Some factors include:
- Lack of blood flow to the nipple during pregnancy
- Weight loss or gain
- Age (nipples often become inverted with age)
What Are the Options for Correction?
There are several options for correction. Your doctor may recommend one of the following procedures:
- Laser surgery uses a laser to cut away excess skin, fat and tissue to create a new nipple and areola.
- Surgical correction involves an incision around the nipple area and correcting any underlying blood flow or sensation issues. If you’re uncomfortable with cosmetic scars, this might not be your best option.
- Liposuction can help achieve some improvement by removing excess fat from beneath your breast tissue so that there’s more room for healthy tissue growth at this location.
Why do Breast Surgeons Perform This Surgery?
A procedure such as inverted nipple surgery is performed for two reasons.
The first reason is that the nipple-areola complex (NAC) is a vital part of the breast. The NAC is responsible for feeding and sexual pleasure and also plays an essential role in self-esteem.
Second, these conditions are corrected through surgery because other options may be less invasive than performing a surgical procedure on both breasts at once or having one side repaired surgically while waiting to correct the other side after healing has occurred.
Can Inverted Nipples Be a Cause Of Embarrassment?
Yes, this condition can be a cause of embarrassment. For some people, it may be uncomfortable to have the “tail” of the nipple pointing down rather than up. Some people may feel self-conscious about this and not want to wear specific clothing that exposes their breasts; they may even avoid going topless at all costs.
While inverted nipples can affect your self-esteem if you are confident with yourself as a whole person, this should not be an occasional annoyance that doesn’t impact your quality of life on a day-to-day basis.
How Is Correction Performed?
It is a straightforward procedure that can be performed in an outpatient setting. It is performed under local anaesthesia, so you will not feel pain during the surgery. The process takes about 30 minutes to complete and typically does not require an overnight stay in the hospital.
Can You Breastfeed After Nipple Surgery?
Yes, you can breastfeed after nipple surgery. Your nipples will numb for several days after the procedure, and you will need to wait until they heal before breastfeeding.
Once your stitches have been removed, you will need to learn how to breastfeed again if you have inverted or flat nipples. You may also consider using a nipple shield during feedings if your child is having difficulty latching on properly.
If you are concerned about the formation of your nipples, then a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon can help to determine if you are a good candidate for correction. They can offer you the most advanced treatment options available today. In many cases, the results will be noticeable right away.