Nipple inversion is a medical condition that affects around 1 in 10 people, both men and women. Inverted nipples are often a cause of emotional distress for patients living with them but surgery with expert plastic surgeons Dr. Shienbaum and Dr. Gargya can help!
What Are Inverted Nipples?
Inverted nipples develop when the milk ducts leading to the nipple are short. This results in the milk ducts pulling the nipples back, causing an inversion. The condition is familial in about 50% of patients and is often harmless, however, the new onset of inverted nipples in adolescence or adulthood may indicate an infection or malignant (life-threating) problem.
How Are Inverted Nipples Treated?
Dr. Gargya is an expert in inverted nipple surgery. This life-changing surgery is a same day procedure performed under twilight sedation or local anesthesia. The milk ducts are transected to free the nipple and then the nipple is secured with a suture to ensure it does not invert back into the body. These sutures can be removed in 2 weeks with a follow-up visit to our office. The surgery only takes about one hour and most of the swelling and soreness will improve within a few days.
What to Expect After Inverted Nipple Surgery?
Some patients wait years to receive surgery for nipple inversion, even though the condition may be causing them significant emotional distress. Patients may be hesitant to seek help if they are unsure what to expect. Here are some common concerns people after about nipple inversion surgery and what you can expect after the procedure:
Can I Breastfeed After Inverted Nipple Surgery?
Patients are often ecstatic about their results and wish they had done the surgery sooner. However, women who receive inverted nipple surgery can no longer breastfeed after the procedure since the milk ducts will be cut.
Will I Lose Sensitivity After Inverted Nipple Surgery?
Choosing an experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Gargya is important because the loss of sensitivity after nipple inversion surgery is possible. Dr. Gargya will work carefully to ensure the nerves are not severed along with the milk ducts so that no sensitivity will be lost.
Is Inverted Nipple Surgery Permanent?
The good news is that once you have surgery to correct your inverted nipples, they will not fold back in. Not only are the results permanent, but they can immediately be seen once the bandages are removed from your incisions.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have inverted nipples that are causing you emotional discomfort, don’t wait any longer to ask for help! Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Gargya and Dr. Shienbaum have extensive experience with cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery and will offer you the best possible care to permanently resolve your condition. Schedule a consultation today by calling our office or filling out an online contact form.