Nipples contain milk ducts and typically project out from the surface of the breast to allow for breastfeeding. A condition called nipple inversion affects approximately 2-10 percent of women, causing their nipple to sink into, instead of project out from, their breast. This condition can affect women’s ability to breastfeed and impact their self-confidence. Fortunately, nipple eversion is a surgical breast procedure that helps restore inverted nipples to their normal orientation.
Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell is a female, board-certified plastic surgeon who aims to provide a surgical environment where you feel comfortable discussing your concerns and confident in pursuing your treatment options. When considering nipple eversion in Troy, schedule a personalized consultation with our team.
Nipple Eversion Surgery
Nipple eversion surgery can be performed under general anesthesia, but it is often performed under local anesthesia in the office. We also offer Pro-Nox to help alleviate any discomfort. This FDA-cleared system uses 50 percent nitrous oxide and 50 percent oxygen as an effective analgesic for quick pain relief and recovery. You control how much or how little nitrous oxide you use during the procedure.
Nipple eversion surgery is relatively straightforward as it does not require changing the shape or size of the nipple, just the level of protrusion. Dr. DeLuca-Pytell will make a cut at the base of the nipple, lifting it from the breast. She will then cut through the tethering ducts holding the nipple down, then close the incisions with stitches that support the newly projected nipple. In severe cases of nipple inversion, a small graft may need to be placed below the nipple as well. A special suture is placed that will be removed after six weeks. Nipple eversion surgery typically takes between 30 minutes and one hour. This is most often done separately from a breast augmentation or reduction.
Recovery From Nipple Inversion Correction
If you choose to have a nipple eversion procedure, you will go home on the day of your surgery. You can resume self care activities almost immediately but should refrain from strenuous activity and exercise for the first two weeks.
After the operation, you might experience tightness and bruising. You can use over-the-counter medication to relieve any discomfort. Scarring is typically minimal and should fade over time. We will give you a bandage to wear to prevent pressure on the nipple during healing. Dr. DeLuca-Pytell will provide personalized instructions for post-operative care and schedule follow-up appointments to ensure you are healing safely and enjoying your results.
What Are the Risks of Nipple Eversion Surgery?
If you are an adult in good health looking to correct the appearance of inverted nipples on mature breasts, you are likely a good candidate for a nipple eversion procedure. During your initial consultation, we will evaluate your general health and risk factors, examine your breasts, and discuss your treatment options. We will also discuss the risks and potential complications of your procedure and review the recovery process and outcomes you can expect.
Nipple eversion surgery involves incisions beneath and within the nipple that sever ducts that deliver milk from the breast. This surgery should not be done if you hope to breast feed in the future. To avoid potential complications, working with an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon in Troy when considering a nipple eversion procedure is essential.
Ask a Troy Plastic Surgeon About Nipple Eversion Surgery
Nipple eversion in Troy can help you achieve the body you have always wanted. Preparing for any surgery can be a time of anxiety and worry, even for a straightforward procedure such as nipple eversion. The consultation is your opportunity to express your concerns and learn how our compassionate staff could support you. Contact our office to schedule a personalized consultation today.