Inverted nipples can give your breasts a contour that you find less than ideal. Individuals can develop inverted nipples naturally, or they can be the result of breastfeeding or surgery. The experts at Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery can help you attain an improved breast appearance with inverted nipple correction. Discover the benefits of this treatment below:
What Is an Inverted Nipple?
Inverted nipples retract inwards towards the breasts, instead of protruding outward. While they typically are harmless, inverted nipples can cause a great deal of distress for patients who have them and are bothered by their appearance. Inverted nipples can be categorized according to the following grading system:
Grade 1: Grade 1 inverted nipples can successfully be manipulated manually to point outwards and can maintain projection for considerable amounts of time. Those with grade 1 inverted nipples may find that they can still breastfeed with relative ease.
Grade 2: Retracted milk ducts are associated with grade 2 inverted nipples. While they can be pulled outward in the same manner as grade 1 nipples, grade 2 inverted nipples tend to retract soon after, instead of remaining in an erect position.
Grade 3: Grade 3 inverted nipples cannot easily be pulled outward and often require surgery to correct. There are also a range of associated issues with grade 3 inverted nipples, such as rash and soreness.
Fortunately, you have options for improving the projection of your nipples.
Your inverted nipples could simply be a natural attribute of your breasts, but sometimes there are other factors that can cause inverted nipples, including:
Pregnancy: During pregnancy, your breasts become filled with milk, contributing to a flat or inverted nipple appearance.
Natural breast changes: Over time, your breast may change. As you near menopause, nipples may become inverted as the milk ducts naturally shorten.
Infections: Clogged milk ducts can be the result of infection, which can make the nipples invert.
Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding can cause changes in the tissue of the nipple which may negatively affect their appearance.
Inverted Nipples and Cancer
It is understandable that patients with inverted nipples may be concerned about the possibility of breast cancer. It is important to note that inverted nipples do not typically indicate cancer, but sudden changes in the appearance or projection of the nipples could mean there is an underlying disease.
For a predictable and effective solution to correcting inverted nipples, consider surgical correction at Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery. To improve the look of the nipples, stitches are placed around the nipple. This pushes the nipple outward while providing a supportive foundation for it to remain in a projected position. The procedure can be completed in one hour or less and the associated downtime is minimal. Our doctors will provide instructions for you to follow during your recovery to help you heal quickly.
Additionally, the experts at Foglietti Fostyk Plastic Surgery understand that the nipples are likely not the only part of the breasts that you would like improved. Often, patients visit our office with several cosmetic breast concerns. If you need comprehensive cosmetic improvement, our doctors can craft a customized treatment plan for you to address more than one concern at a time for even more dramatic results.