Questions about nipple correction

We answer you 10 important questions about inverted nipple correction. You should know these if you are thinking about having an inverted nipple correction performed. Of course, this does not replace a comprehensive consultation with the specialist.

1. what are inverted nipples?

Inverted nipples are nipples that are retracted inward. While in a normal breast the nipples protrude, in inverted nipples they are partially or even completely sunken into the areola. The expression varies from woman to woman, can occur unilaterally or bilaterally.

In many cases, inverted nipples are a congenital malformation and are considered an aesthetic blemish. However, if retracted nipples appear later in life, the cause may also be a disease. In this case, a gynecological examination is advisable.

2. Why do inverted nipples form?

Hatch warts are in the vast majority of cases. a genetic malformationin which the milk ducts are shortened. As a result, the nipples are pulled inward and cannot rise from the areola. During puberty, a temporary shortening due to growth is possible, but it regulates itself at the end of the growth phase.

Inverted nipples, which occur in adult women without cause, can be In rare cases, an indication of breast cancer can be.

In many cases, the phenomenon occurs familially and is passed from generation to generation. Rarely are hormonal triggers or also Misdevelopments present. There is no method that you can use to prevent the occurrence of inverted nipples.

3. what are the severity levels of the warts?

There are three degrees of severity in the case of slipped warts. In the rarest cases, the hidden nipples cause physical discomfort. However, many women suffer psychologically from the apparent blemish. Dr. med. Martha Bernard offers a protected setting in her practice and the opportunity to address all the concerns surrounding the topic.

In the following classifications are subdivided slippery warts:

  • Stage 1: In normal condition, the nipples are retracted, but when touched or stimulated, they emerge.
  • Stage 2: The nipples are generally retracted and can be pressed outward for a short time by applying pressure.
  • Stage 3: The nipples are firmly fused and cannot be turned outward even manually.

4. What are the symptoms of inverted nipples?

If you have questions about inverted nipple correction, keep the following in mind: In many cases, inverted nipples are a purely cosmetic matter. Especially if it is a manifestation of stages one and two. The mental component must not be disregarded here, however. Women whose nipples do not come out on their own often suffer from reduced self-confidence and dissatisfaction with their own bodies.

Stage three nipples are also prone to medically relevant symptoms. Pronounced inverted nipples become inflamed more frequentlybecause sebaceous glands can become clogged and abscesses can form. In addition, cleaning of the small cavities between the nipple and areola is difficult.

5. Do I need surgery to have the retracted nipples corrected?

Inverted nipples can be corrected with surgery, though there are also non-invasive treatment methods. These are primarily used for stage one and two inverted nipples, and are ineffective for completely retracted nipples.

Frequently, the so-called Niplette is used, which sucks out the nipple due to a negative pressure. Regular use is required to permanently stretch the connective tissue. Also Nipple Shaper are used, but they too are only suitable as a method of correction in the case of mild inverted nipples.

In the case of stage three inverted nipples, a Nipple correction the only option. Due to the shortened connective tissue and milk strands, the nipple is anatomically unable to emerge from the areola. Only surgical intervention can correct this anatomical malformation.

6. Does a nipple correction affect the ability to breastfeed?

Correction of inverted nipples results in women no longer being able to breastfeed their child. Although there is an alternative surgical method that preserves the ability to breastfeed, this is less likely to lead to permanent success.

Therefore, as a rule, nipple correction is not performed until family formation is already complete. Possible open questions regarding the correction of inverted nipples can be found here in the FAQ or you can contact us by phone and make an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Bernard or Dr. Schreyer.

7. how does the surgical correction of inverted nipples work?

The surgery is almost always performed under partial anesthesia and takes no more than 30-60 minutes. During the procedure, a skin incision is made along the nipple. Then the surgeon separates the connective tissue and the milk ductswhich hold the nipple in its sunken position. The nipple now rises by itself and is additionally fixed by means of sutures. In the course of the healing process, the new position of the nipple stabilizes and the slipped nipples are eliminated.

An alternative method is the Cutting of the connective tissue, but without cutting the milk ducts.. This procedure is recommended for women who still want to breastfeed later in life. However, the success rate for this operation is not as high as for cutting the milk ducts.

8. what are the risks associated with the procedure?

Any surgical procedure carries the risk of complications, and so does inverted nipple correction. The most common after the procedure are slight postoperative bleeding and emerge Bruises and Swellings. These usually heal again within 14 days. Possible risks associated with general anesthesia can be avoided because the procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia.

A possible side effect of the procedure are Sensory disturbances on and in the area around the nipple. In addition, the ability to breastfeed is lost if the milk ducts are cut. This can happen even with the gentle surgical method.

Very rarely, after the operation, there may be the formation of Wound infections and Inflammation in the area of the milk ducts may occur. It may then be necessary to take antibiotics.

9. How much does the correction of inverted nipples cost?

The prices for an inverted nipple correction are not fixed as a lump sum and can vary from patient to patient. On average, costs of around 1,000 euros per nipple can be expected.

10. advantages of surgical nipple correction

Despite all non-invasive treatment attempts, surgical inverted nipple correction is the only method in which the nipples are turned outwards in the long term can be made. With the help of the suture technique used, the nipple is permanently fixed, and the underlying cause is eliminated in the course of the procedure. Even the ability to breastfeed can often be preserved by experienced surgeons.

Medically, the procedure is usually low-risk and can be performed on an outpatient basis. Despite abstaining from sports, sauna and sunbathing, patients can return to their profession already one day after the procedure.

Do you have any further questions about inverted nipple correction?

If you have more questions about inverted nipple correction, you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Bernard or Dr. Schreyer.