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Inverted nipples, where a patient’s nipples are not fully emerged from the body (i.e. pointing inwards), are relatively common, affecting some 10% of women. It can be treated extremely effectively with a straightforward surgical procedure, usually conducted under local anaesthetic, lasting approximately 30 minutes. As the procedure is relatively swift, and not intensive, patients are admitted as outpatients, and return home on the day of the procedure, without the need to stay at the Hospital overnight. In most instances, one procedure will be sufficient, however, certain patients experience a reversion in their nipples in the weeks following surgery, which may require a second procedure.
Inverted nipples result from a woman’s milk ducts in the breast being too short as they enter the nipple. Correcting the condition involves the surgeon drawing out the inverted nipple through making a small incision to the lower outer rim of the nipple, and then either carefully stretching the milk ducts leading to the nipple, or dividing them. In cases where the milk ducts are stretched, subsequent breastfeeding is normally possible. Where the milk ducts need to be cut, breastfeeding can be affected. Based on each patient’s individual circumstances, your surgeon can provide specific advice pertinent to you about breastfeeding.
At the time of your consultation at the Alexandra Private Hospital, your surgeon will discuss the various options available to you, in line with your specific medical circumstances. You should always feel free to ask your surgeon any questions that you have regarding the surgery, and discuss any areas that may seem unclear. The goal of your surgeon and the Hospital staff is to make your entire experience as comfortable, and worry-free as possible.