We know through experience that the decision to undergo an inverted nipple correction is generally preceded by a long decision making process. With this information we would like to help you with this process, by advising you about the procedure itself and the possibilities and risks involved in this operation. This advice, does not however, replace the need for an extensive personal consultation with your surgeon who will thoroughly address your specific questions.
When is an inverted nipple correction useful?
What is the aim of an inverted nipple correction?
What do I have to consider before an inverted nipple correction (pre-operative phase)?
What must I consider after an inverted nipple correction (post-operative phase)?
What are the possible risks with an inverted nipple correction?
Which result can I expect after an inverted nipple correction and what are the chances of success?
Deformation of the nipple. The breast is a special feature of femininity. Anomalies in this area can cause psychological pressure on those concerned. Besides the size of the breasts, the so-called inverted nipple is another cosmetic problem, as the nipple is pulled inside. Inverted nipples are usually genetic but other causes can include prior infections or scarring after previous surgery (e.g. the removal of a tumour).
The aim of an inverted nipple correction is to pull out the nipple and to give the breast the desired look.
Procedure. The nipple needs to be pulled out and therefore an incision, just a few millimetres long, is made along the edge of the nipple. The connective tissues and the shortened mammary ducts, which cause the nipple to be pulled in, need to be severed. Afterwards, a circular stitch is inserted under the skin at the edge of the nipple, which after tightening causes a protrusion of the nipple.
Type of anaesthesia. This procedure is usually carried out under local anaesthetic, although general anaesthetic is also possible.
On the day of the operation please do not use any oily shower or bathing products but normal soap or shower gel and your skin should not be moisturised. Information on general measures and the necessary preliminary examinations will be put together for you personally in a pamphlet which you will receive at your consultation.
For a few days after the procedure a dressing must be worn. The stitches are then removed after around 4 to 7 days. The application of an antibiotic ointment is useful until the stitches are removed. Heat from external sources (such as a sauna) should be avoided for 2 months and showering and bathing is also only allowed after the removal of the stitches.
No procedure is without risk. The general risks of surgery include the possibility of bleeding, thrombosis and infection. Specifically associated with an inverted nipple correction, is the risk that due to scaring or rupturing of the inserted stitch, the nipple can re-invert. In rare cases circulation problems of the nipple can occur and after an inverted nipple correction breastfeeding is no longer possible.
Erect nipples. Through the operation, the inverted nipple is corrected and a more natural shape to the nipple is achieved. The shape of the nipple after surgery is permanent and does not change when cold or through sexual arousal.