Inverted nipples are nipples that are naturally retracted or inward turning. Although rather rare — it is estimated that less than 5% of people are born with an inverted or two inverted nipples — women can develop inverted nipples later in life, particularly postpartum or following multiple breast tissue infections.
Whether or not you were born with or have suddenly developed inverted nipples, a simple and minimally invasive surgery can correct them.
What Causes Inverted Nipples?
In most cases, women and even men are born with either one or two inverted nipples. Biologically, there is nothing wrong or medically concerning about inverted nipples in these cases. However, if you were not born with them but suddenly notice that your nipples have retracted or are invaginated, you should consult with a physician before pursuing any cosmetic procedures.
Women who have experienced multiple breast infections, like mastitis, which can result from breastfeeding, might develop inverted nipples because breastfeeding can reduce breast tissue. Sometimes, inverted nipples can signal a more serious condition, which is why consulting with a physician is critical.
Correcting Inverted Nipples
If you are self-conscious about the look of your inverted nipples, Dr. Sterling can bring them outward through inverted nipple surgery. Minimally invasive with little downtime, inverted nipple surgery typically requires either local anesthesia or IV sedation, depending on the severity of the condition. In any case, patients should expect to see immediate results.
Women who are planning to get pregnant and intend to breastfeed should hold off on scheduling an inverted nipple surgical procedure as it can require the transection of milk ducts, which can hinder breastfeeding.
Inverted nipple surgery is a great option to consider in conjunction with any other cosmetic breast augmentation procedure and it rates high when it comes to patient satisfaction with the results.
If you’re ready to consider cosmetic surgery to correct inverted nipples, contact our office and request a consultation with Dr. Sterling.