INVERTED NIPPLE SURGERY

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INTRODUCTION

Most women have naturally protruding nipples, but if either or both of your nipples are inverted, there is an operation that could help.

Inverted nipples usually develop during puberty and are the result of short milk ducts. If you have had an inverted nipple since puberty, there is unlikely to be an underlying medical problem. But if it has happened more recently you should see your GP straight away. There may be an underlying condition that needs treatment.

ABOUT INVERTED NIPPLE SURGERY

Surgery for inverted nipples is a relatively simple procedure. A cut is usually made directly over the nipple so that it is free from the surrounding tissue and re-stitch it so that it protrudes.

The procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthesia, which means the area will be numb but you will be awake or general anaesthesia, when you will be asleep during the procedure. You will usually be able to go home later the same day, and can return to normal activities almost immediately.

Scarring is usually minimal, though breastfeeding cannot be guaranteed after the procedure because the milk ducts will usually have been cut during surgery and will no longer be intact.

As with any cosmetic procedure, it is important that you review your expectations thoroughly before you decide to proceed. Your specialist will explain the results you can expect, and will discuss the associated risks and alternatives to the procedure before going ahead.

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Inverted Left Nipple Before

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Inverted Left Nipple After

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Inverted Right Nipple Before

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Inverted Right Nipple After

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INVERTED NIPPLE PROCEDURE

Operation time

40 mins for both sides

Anaesthesia

local or general

Nights in hospital

day case

Risks - common

bruising, swelling, temporary numbness

Risks - uncommon

infection, bad scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, permanent numbness, nipple loss, delayed wound healing, reinversion

Pain and discomfort

1 day

Follow-up after surgery

1 week, 3 months

Time off work

1 day

Sports

2 weeks - walking
4 weeks - jogging
6 weeks - everything

Result

12 weeks until final result
scars continue to improve over 18 months

Visit our FAQs page for more information regarding the surgery.

FEES

Inverted Nipple Correction

From £1000 

NIPPLE RECONSTRUCTION INFORMED CONSENT FORM

INVERTED NIPPLE CORRECTION

POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

Instructions on discharge

You will have a padded dressing over the operated area. 

  • Keep the nipple warm to encourage good blood flow.
  • All dressings to be kept dry until further instructed.
  • Discharge with standard painkillers.

Dressing clinic

  • Usually about a week after the surgery when the dressing will be removed and replaced for another week.
  • All sutures are dissolvable unless otherwise informed.

Activities

  • No restrictions but avoid strenuous activities for the first 2 weeks.
  • Avoid excess pressure on the operated nipple, a normal bra can be worn.
  • No smoking, or being around people who smoke whilst wounds are healing.

Wound care

  • Moisturise scar for 3 months.

IF YOU EXPERIENCE ANY PROBLEMS OR HAVE ANY QUERIES FOLLOWING YOUR SURGERY PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT THE WARD.

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