Treatment of Inverted Nipple
Most people prefer the look of an “innie” belly button, but they do not like the “innie” nipple. Funny how the ideal belly button should look like a dimple, and the ideal nipple should look like a button! The inverted nipple happens because of little attachments that tether the nipple to the tissue underneath. This can be mild or more extreme, and sometimes it only occurs on one side. But in most cases, the nipple can be released.
The breast is full of ducts, all of which converge and lead to the nipple itself. Of course, once you cut those tethers, you also cut the ducts that accompany them. This means that, in most cases, that nipple may not be able to breast feed in the future. This is by far one of the most prominent concerns that patients may have with this procedure.
Other than that aspect of things, the procedure itself is quite straightforward. A small incision is made, and the connections are divided. Often, the division itself is not enough, because the tethered nipple is short and has gotten used to being all folded up. It may need to be stretched out and stitched in place into its new shape. Sometimes, complex bandages are required to help it heal into a new shape. But overall, this procedure is usually quick, straightforward, and can be done under local anesthesia. Special consideration should be given to patients who have had prior breast surgery or who have existing scars nearby.