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Inverted Nipples

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Restore inverted nipples and response to temperature and touch

Inverted nipples can affect both men and women but are most commonly seen in women. Although inverted nipples are usually not dangerous, many women find that having them can lead to breastfeeding difficulties, while others report that nipple inversion adversely affects sexual stimulation and sensitivity to temperature and touch, which this relatively minor procedure can easily address. At your consultation your surgeon can discuss the options available to you. It may be possible to help your nipple inversion without surgery, and we would always encourage you to consider non-surgical options if they are available.

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Background to the procedure

It is difficult to determine how many women have at least one inverted nipple, as this condition is not diagnosed; however, current estimates run between 2% and 10%. The inversion can involve one or both nipples and there is no one factor that causes inverted nipples. Possible causes include trauma to the breast, an abscess on the breast, mastitis (an infection of breast tissue) or cancer.

This minor surgical procedure is generally performed under local anesthetic as a day patient with a relatively short recovery period. The procedure lasts approximately 30 minutes. Surgery can allow the patient to regain nipple appearance, and restore temperature and touch sensitivity. The procedure itself has minimal discomfort and is normally a safe, easy and quick operation. You’ll only spend a day at the clinic.


What to expect at my consultation

All consultations are private one-on-one sessions with Dr. Salman that normally last 15-20 minutes. During that time, Dr. Salman will examine the degree of inversion and discuss the options available to you. It may be possible to help your nipple inversion without surgery. Many people don’t realise there are non-surgical treatments available, and we would always encourage you to explore them before thinking about surgery.


What is involved with inverted nipple surgery

Most techniques for repairing the Inverted nipple involve releasing or stretching of the short breast ducts, and bolstering the nipple forwards to prevent scar from pulling the nipple back inside. A short incision is made at the base of the nipple to allow visualisation of the ducts. The tethering is released, and often sutures are used to rearrange the tissues under the skin and hold the nipple erect during the healing process. Fine sutures are then used to align the skin edges and close the small incision.


What is the recovery after inverted nipple surgery

Patient care has always been at the forefront of everything we do, this is why we are a leading cosmetic surgery provider in Ireland. We believe that ‘aftercare’ is just as important a part of the entire cosmetic treatment procedure as the treatment itself. With Auralia, you can be rest assured that all your aftercare needs will be completely fulfilled, providing you the support you need for a fast and stress-free recovery.

Our registered, professional and highly trained medical team are accessible at all times to advise you on your individual surgical needs, to explain exactly what the procedure entails and to assist you with any concerns you may have following your treatment. All patients receive three post operative consultations, however, if a patient feels they need more support and time to address any concerns, we can facilitate this without cost or question.


What are the risks of complication?

All surgery, including cosmetic surgery, carries risks, including infection, pain or scarring. Any potential complications will be discussed during consultation and you will be given a copy in writing. You’ll have time to think about everything well in advance, and you’ll have a chance to talk through everything with your surgeon and the team at Auralia.

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Surgery and Aftercare

Cosmetic surgery aftercare is a very crucial part of recovering correctly and the success of your surgery will depend on how well you look after yourself afterwards as advised by your surgeon. At Auralia our aftercare plan is individually tailored to each patient’s procedure and requirements in order that the quickest possible recovery is achieved.

We are proud to offer fully comprehensive and inclusive aftercare, so you can be reassured you will always be in the very best, experienced medical hands. At Auralia you are a patient for life. Once we meet you we will guide you throughout your surgical journey to a new you.


Before choosing to undergo nipple correction surgery, you may be a candidate for a non-surgical solution The options will be discussed with you at you consultation. Many people don’t realise there are non-surgical treatments available, and we would always encourage you to explore them before thinking about surgery.

Milk is brought to the nipple by the same short ducts that tether the nipple and cause inversion. If you are planning on breastfeeding, it is best to wait until after you have finished before having inverted nipple correction. Releasing the inverted nipple may require cutting the milk ducts, and this may make it difficult to breastfeed in the future. Inverted nipples can make it more difficult for an infant to latch on, but it may be still be possible, and a breast pump should still function with inverted nipples.

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