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What Can Be Done About Inverted Nipples?

In the eyes of many women, the breasts are one of the most important attributes. When they are unhappy with the size or shape of their breasts, they frequently decide to undergo various breast enhancement procedures, such as breast augmentation or breast lift surgery, to improve their appearance.

Another problem that 10 to 20 percent of women face is the condition of inverted nipples. Also known as “nipple inversion,” this condition occurs when the milk ducts inside of the breasts are shorter than normal. As a result, the nipples look flat or even completely indented in the breast skin. In many instances, women are born with inverted nipples that become more noticeable during puberty. However, other causes of nipple inversion include pregnancy, breastfeeding, build-up of scar tissue, and breast cancer.

Grades of Nipple Inversion

The severity of nipple inversion is broken down into three grades:

Grade I

Minimal fibrosis exists, but there is no soft tissue inadequacy. The milk ducts are preserved since they are not divided.

Grade II

Some fibrous tissue is present, and a reduction of soft tissue exists. The milk ducts are shortened and usually require surgery.

Grade III

The presence of fibrous tissue is very apparent, and there is little to no soft tissue present. Since the milk ducts are extremely shortened, soft tissue is reconstructed using flaps, and the milk ducts are severed to restore the nipples.

Correcting Inverted Nipples

Nipple inversion surgery involves making a half incision around the edge of the nipple and cutting through the milk ducts. Once the ducts are completely detached from the nipple, the incisions are closed using sutures. Cosmetic surgery is very safe and effective for correcting inverted nipples. However, breastfeeding may not be possible after the procedure is complete because the milk ducts may be completely detached from the nipples.

The appearance of the inverted nipples can be an embarrassing condition that causes women to feel self-conscious. If you think that you may be a good candidate for nipple inversion correction, please contact the Arizona Center For Aesthetic Plastic Surgery today. To schedule your consultation, please call (480) 451-3000 or fill out our online contact form. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub, is a member of the prestigious American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), and he has years of experience performing nipple inversion surgery. Dr. Turkeltaub looks forward to helping you achieve your goals.