Everything you need to know about inverted nipple surgery

Cosmetic breast specialist Mr Sudip Ghosh explains everything you need to know about inverted nipple surgery:

Is inverted nipple a rare condition?

No, not at all. It’s actually a more common ailment than you’d think. And the obvious reason for that is that no-one particularly wants the rest of the world to know about it.

What are the causes of an inverted nipple?

There are many different reasons for this. Some women are born with them, while others develop the problem when they start to breastfeed, and the milk ducts become damaged through overuse. This makes them more fibrous, which causes them to pull in the nipple. Certain infections can cause inflammation and produce scar tissue which similarly pulls them in. And as women age and the breasts start to droop, the skin around the nipple can become looser.

Are there any barriers to obtaining nipple correction surgery?

The general rules of thumb are that you have to be over 17, be in reasonable physical health, and are not pregnant or breastfeeding.

Can I get treatment on the NHS?

The NHS will conduct inverted nipple correction procedures, but they do so on an extremely rare basis. They will require proof that the inverted nipple is having a major impact on your physical and psychological well-being – and even then, you would be placed at the bottom of a very long waiting list. We find that many of our clients have begun to take the NHS route, only for their GP to advise private treatment.

What happens during surgery?

There are two main procedures, depending on the seriousness of the inversion. The most common one involves an incision around the areola, allowing the surgeon to lift the nipple into a new and permanent shape.

Will there be scarring after inverted nipple correction?

In most cases, yes – although it will be undetectable, and the scar actually aids the holding of the shape.

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