Nipples: for most of us, especially men, they’re parts of the body that are just…there. Sure, they play an enormously important role for a year or so when breastfeeding, but for most of the time, they’re pretty superfluous – and for many people, nipples are things that need to be covered up for the vast majority of the time. However, when something’s amiss – such as when one of them becomes inverted, nipples suddenly become very important.
What causes inverted nipples?
There are many reasons why a nipple can invert: it could be a congenital disorder that the client could have been born with. It could invert as a result of breastfeeding. Scar tissue from a previous breast procedure can affect the nipple and make it invert. The hormonal imbalances caused by pregnancy and the rigours put upon the nipple during breastfeeding are a common cause of inversion.
Other causes of nipple inversion include a side-effect of the drooping of the breast due to natural aging, a result of infection (as fibrous scar tissue pulls the nipple into the breast, and as an offshoot of breast cancer.
How does nipple inversion surgery work?
Nipple inversions are graded in three stages – and if you are diagnosed by your practitioner as suffering from a Grade 1 inversion, they will suggest you invest in a niplette – a device available in pharmacies which can suck the nipple out of its inverted position when necessary.
If cosmetic breast specialist Mr Sudip Ghosh diagnoses you with a Grade 2 or 3 inversion, however, there are two procedural options: one where the areola is used to create a new shape, and one – mainly recommended for Grade 3 inversions – where the nipple is detached from the milk ducts and is sutured into place. The choice will be yours, as the former procedure ensures that the client will still be able to breastfeed while the latter will rule that out.
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