Inverted nipples, where the nipples are retracted into the breast rather than pointing outwards.
Inverted nipples are often congenital in nature, meaning that they have been present from birth or become noticeable around the time of puberty. There are different grades of inverted nipples, ranging from a nipple that can sometimes erect itself as result of certain stimulation, to nipples that are fully inverted at all times.
Inverted nipple correction can fix the appearance of bilateral or unilateral nipples, increasing the nipple projection to make the nipples and breasts appear more symmetrical and normal.
While usually done on its own, some patients may combine inverted nipple correction with other procedures to optimise their recovery time. Augmentation mammoplasty (breast augmentation) surgery can, when performed correctly, improve the success of inverted nipple correction.
Patients who wish to breastfeed in the future should discuss this with Dr Lim, as inverted nipple correction surgery might impair their ability to breastfeed.
Dr Lim will make incisions at the base of the nipple. Then, deep attachments that pull in the inverted nipple will be released. These may include milk ducts and other tissue bands that are too short to allow the nipple to protrude naturally. The nipple is brought out into a normal position and a circumferential suture is placed at the base of the nipple to prevent it from retracting.
Scars are typically minimal, and they are often imperceptible once complete healing has taken place and the scar has faded.
Inverted nipple correction surgery is usually performed under general anaesthesia and takes approximately one hour — patients can expect to go home shortly following the completion of the surgery.
Recovery from inverted nipple correction takes a few days. In most cases, a special foam doughnut dressing will be placed around the nipples, which will be left on until the first follow-up appointment.
Our goal is to make your experience as supportive as possible — Dr Lim and the My Klinik staff are always willing to answer any questions you may have.
Dr Lim’s 2023 Breast Surgery Guide
Pre and Post-Operative Care
Inverted Nipple Correction FAQs
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About Dr Jake Lim
Highly qualified and experienced specialist plastic surgeon Dr Jake Lim focuses on facial plastic, cosmetic breast and body contouring after significant weight loss
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