Inverted nipples are a correctable cosmetic concern.
Cosmetic concerns of the breast can range from breast size to droopiness of the breast to nipple/areolar concerns. One common area of concern is inverted nipples. An inverted nipple is a nipple that does not project from the breast but instead retracts into the breast. This condition, which can affect both men and women, is usually painless but can cause embarrassment or unhappiness with the appearance of the breast. Inverted nipples can occur bilaterally or only on one breast, and the severity can vary.
What are the Causes of Inverted Nipples?
Some individuals develop inverted nipples in childhood while others can develop over time due to changes in the breast, scarring due to injury, pregnancy or breastfeeding. A common cause of inverted nipples is tethering of the fibers that attach the nipple to the breast tissue. Severity of nipple inversion can be evaluated based on a scale of 1 to 3. Level 1, the least severe, are nipples that are inverted but respond to cold or tactile stimuli by protruding from the breast. Level 2 nipple inversion stay inverted the majority of the time, but strong suction can cause them to invert. The third level (level 3) is the most severe. A level 3 inverted nipple will not protrude from the breast even with manipulation.
Can I Correct My Inverted Nipple?
The good news is that correction of inverted nipples can be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon either as an in-office procedure under local anesthesia or in conjunction with other breast surgeries such as breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction. There is minimal discomfort associated with this procedure. Scarring from this procedure is usually not noticeable. The results of this procedure are seen immediately.
Scott Farber, MD, FACS, has distinguished himself in the fields of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery with both his academic achievements and esteemed surgical training. As a native of south Florida, Dr. Farber is excited to work with patients in Boca Raton and the surrounding communities to help them look and feel their absolute best. To schedule a consult, please call 561-503-2700.