Inverted nipple correction is a surgical procedure used to make a turned-in nipple protrude in the normal way. Inverted nipples can cause functional problems for women and emotional concerns. An inverted nipple can look flat or a slit like depression or hole at the normal nipple location. Correction of inverted nipples depends on the problem. Typical inverted nipple surgery can be done under local anesthesia as an outpatient.
What does the surgery involve?
Correction of inverted nipples depends on the problem. Typical inverted nipple surgery can be done under local anesthesia as an outpatient. Stitches are placed to hold the nipple in the correct position until it heals. Sometimes the milk ducts have to be cut to release the nipple, but not usually.
How long does the surgery take?
Nipple Reduction is an operation that usually takes half an hour to complete using a local or general anaesthetic.
What is the recovery time?
This will depend on the individual patient however most patients are able to go back to work after a couple of days. Although you can walk about and do very light activities from the next day it is advisable not to do anything strenuous for 7-10 days. The average recovery time is between 1-2 weeks.
What will happen in the recovery period?
You will feel tired and sore for a few days and will have slight swelling and bruising which is only natural. Most of your discomfort will be subsided with prescription medication. Following the operation you will have a light dressing in place which will need to be kept dry for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks your dressing will be removed and the wound inspected and lightly cleaned. The scars will be firm and pink for at least six weeks and may remain the same size for several months and it is important to keep in mind that they may take up to 2 years to fade. You will have follow-up visits in the months after surgery to check on your progress.
What can I expect from the surgery?
Your expectations need to be realistic. Most patients are pleased with the outcome and find they gain a feeling of increased self-confidence.