Inverted Nipples

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What are inverted nipples?  Why do some women have inverted nipples?

Approximately 2% of women have at least one inverted nipple. This is a situation where a persons nipple is poined inward (an "innie" rather than an "outie").  The inversion can be seen in varying degrees of severity.  Often, this condition is congenital and due to tethering of the shortened underlying structures (milk ducts) of the nipple.  Sometimes scar tissue underneath the nipple from prior surgery or infections can cause inversion as well.

Can inverted nipples be repaired, how?

Inverted nipples can be repaired with a surgical release of the tethering structures, and some type of suturing technique to maintain the nipples in an outward position.  There are multiple variations of this repair.

Can you repair inverted nipples during breast surgery?

Although this is a separate procedure, a nipple inversion repair can usually be performed safely at the same time as a breast reduction / breast lift/ breast augmentation.  If there is any doubt about the blood supply to the nipple or areola at the end of the breast surgery, the nipple repair should be performed at a later date.

If a woman's nipples are inverted, do they need to be repaired?

There is no significant health issues with nipple inversion.  Nipple inversion can make breast feeding difficult or impossible, and are often an aesthetic concern for patients.  These are frequent reasons why patients seek repair.

You can also learn more about Nipple Repair here

  • Friday, 15 June 2012