For both men and women, the nipples impact the overall appearance and aesthetics of the breasts. In some cases, the nipples are drawn in, or appear flattened, instead of protruding out. Inverted nipples are more common than most think and both men and women who are unhappy with the appearance of their nipples may be good candidates for an inverted nipple repair. This condition can cause men and women of all ages to feel self-conscious about their appearance.
Common Causes of Inverted Nipples
In most cases inverted nipples are congenital, meaning they have existed since birth, but the condition can also present itself later in life. Some of the causes of inverted nipples are breastfeeding, breast disease, breast injury, pregnancy, and the changing of breasts over time as we age.
There are 3 grades for inverted nipples, and the classifications are based on how easily the nipple can be pulled into its normal position. The grades include:
Grade 1: The nipple is easily pulled out by cold or tactile stimuli.
Grade 2: The nipple can respond to stimuli, however, doing so is more difficult than grade 1.
Grade 3: The nipple is inverted severely and does not respond to stimuli.
What is involved in treating inverted nipple?
- In-office performed with local anesthesia for minimal pain
- Allows previously flattened or inverted nipples to project naturally without noticeable scarring
- Repair of inverted nipple performed by board-certified plastic surgeon releases the tight tissues that cause the nipples to pull inward
- Improved appearance and symmetry of the nipples on both breasts providing a natural aesthetic result