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Inverted Nipples Correction

An inverted nipple isn’t just an annoyance when trying to breastfeed. It can interrupt your intimacy and cause undue embarrassment. And you’re not alone, as around 10 percent of all American women have the same problem. Call on Rowe Plastic Surgery in New York City and in New Jersey for inverted nipple correction. It’s a simple outpatient procedure that can make a world of difference to you. While the surgery isn’t covered by insurance, you’ll wish you had it done years ago.

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Page Updated on May 30, 2022 by Dr. Norman Rowe (Plastic Surgeon) of Rowe Plastic Surgery

What’s an Inverted Nipple?

Naturally, nipples project outward to crown your breasts. If your nipple points inward rather than outward, this is called an inverted nipple or retracted nipple. An inverted nipple can occur on one breast or on both in men and women. The condition is frustrating if you’re breastfeeding, and it also inhibits intimacy because the nipple requires stimulation to pop out.

While a turned-in nipple is not a medical concern, it does affect your life. Inverted nipples in both men and women can lead to self-esteem issues. For women, nipple inversion negatively affects the overall profile of your breasts. A pointed, nicely-shaped nipple that protrudes outward enhances your breasts’ natural beauty.

If you have to manipulate one or both of your nipples to breastfeed, you’re a good candidate for inverted nipple surgery. At Rowe Plastic Surgery in Manhattan, Long Island, New Jersey and the Hamptons, a top-rated cosmetic surgery team offers inverted nipples correction. The practice also performs other nipple and breast enhancement procedures, including:

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Are There Different Grades of Nipple Inversion?

Doctors categorize inverted nipples to help with the diagnosis and treatment. The three levels of nipple inversion include:

  • Grade 1. A so-called shy nipple refers to a level of nipple inversion where the nipple can pop out after arousal, during cold weather or with minimal manipulation.
  • Grade 2. This level of nipple inversion means you need to apply more force to get the nipple to protrude. The nipple immediately retracts after manipulation.
  • Grade 3. With this severe nipple inversion, you can’t even manipulate the nipples to pop out. Inverted nipple correction surgery is required to improve the appearance and function of these nipples.

If you have problems seeing or feeling your nipples, schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon about inverted nipple treatment. The cosmetic surgeons at Rowe Plastic Surgery listen to your concerns, perform an examination and take your medical history before providing professional advice.

What Causes Inverted Nipples?

The most common causes of inverted nipples include:

  • A congenital defect
  • Nipple inversion or retraction with age
  • Paget’s disease of the breast
  • Carcinoma
  • Breast sagging or drooping, called ptosis
  • Breast cancer, including breast carcinoma and inflammatory breast cancer
  • Breast infections, including mammary duct ectasia, a breast abscess and mastitis

During your initial consultation, your plastic surgeon carries out diagnostic tests to determine if inverted nipples treatment is the best option for you. The doctor may recommend further tests for underlying causes, such as cancer, but inverted nipples by themselves don’t often indicate the presence of cancer.

Who Should Get Inverted Nipples Surgery?

If you always struggle to manipulate your nipple when breastfeeding or for intimacy, this may be the procedure you need. Inverted nipple surgery can make your life easier by correcting the position of your nipples. Inverted nipple correction is right for you if:

  • You feel self-conscious about the appearance of your nipples.
  • You have problems breastfeeding because of your turned-in nipples.
  • Your nipple inversion causes problems with intimacy.
  • You experience pain trying to force your nipples to pop out.
  • You’re healthy and don’t smoke.
  • You have realistic expectations about the final results of your nipple correction.

During your initial consultation with your surgeon in New York and New Jersey, you discuss every step of the inverted nipple treatment. The experienced team at Rowe Plastic Surgery has the knowledge and tools to perform this nipple correction procedure.

What Is Inverted Nipple Treatment?

The treatment for inverted nipples is a cosmetic surgical procedure. After the surgery, your inverted nipple should protrude normally and cap your breast, providing improved breast aesthetics and functionality. The surgery comprising inverted nipple treatment follows a number of steps, including:

  • To prevent discomfort, you’re given local anesthesia; there’s no need for general anesthesia.
  • Depending on your grade of nipple inversion, your cosmetic surgeon makes an incision on the lower outer part of the nipple.
  • The surgeon takes care not to interfere with the ducts leading to the nipple, which permits breastfeeding in the future.
  • The doctor retracts the inverted nipple, raises it into the best position and then holds the nipple in its new position with dissolvable sutures.
  • Your plastic surgeon uses a dressing to protect the newly raised nipple.

The surgery is an outpatient procedure done at Rowe Plastic Surgery. You don’t need to stay at a hospital, and you’re released after a period of monitoring. Because you’re not put under general anesthesia, you can drive yourself home, where you’ll recover. You can return to work within a couple days, and after a month or so, your nipple appears normal.

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Most comfortable experience ever. I was so nervous and unaware of what the experience of a breast reduction would be like. Thankfully, it was all worth it. And I also feel so much better about myself. Thank you Dr. Rowe, Simone, and the rest of the staff for making it such a great and safe environment for me. Great work with great people will always be a major plus!

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Recently just got breast reduction surgery and Dr. Norman Rowe did an amazing job on me. Ask any questions or concerns I have Nikkita who is such a great help, always answers my emails within 30 minutes and will answer my calls even when she’s not in the office. There facilities are super clean and couldn’t have picked a better place.

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How Do I Choose a Breast Surgeon?

The quality of any breast surgery procedure depends on the expertise and experience of your plastic surgeon. Choose the best cosmetic surgeon for inverted nipples surgery by:

  • Looking for board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons (ABPS)
  • Asking about for professional expertise, especially for this procedure
  • Seeking referrals and recommendations from other patients
  • Reading online reviews and testimonials to make an informed choice
  • Finding a reputable plastic surgeon with no previous complaints
  • Looking for exceptional results by checking their portfolio
  • Confirming the surgeon has an excellent facility for their procedures

Don’t rush to pick a plastic surgeon for your needs. Thorough research helps you narrow down your choices to a specialist in inverted nipples correction.

Inverted Nipple Surgery FAQs

  • Is the procedure painful? You’re under local anesthesia during the short surgery. During recovery, you can take pain medication to reduce any discomfort.
  • What can I expect from inverted nipples treatment? After the procedure, your nipple is sore and swollen, but it is extended out. As the swelling subsides, you see the corrected nipple as it will look from now on.
  • How long does it take to recover? Recovery takes up to six weeks, with the first two weeks the most important. Expect some pain and soreness that resolve with time. By the six-week mark, the corrected nipple looks perfectly normal.
  • Can I breastfeed after inverted nipple surgery? Your surgeon takes care to protect the milk ducts that supply your nipples, so there’s no danger to future breastfeeding. If you have more immediate needs, you need to wait until the swelling subsides and the sutures have dissolved fully.
  • What’s the cost of inverted nipple correction? The cost of a bilateral nipple surgery can range from $1,000 up to $2,500, but the cost can go higher, depending on the experience of your surgeon, facility fees, medical tests, your geographical location, and anesthesiologist fees.
  • Does insurance cover inverted nipple surgery? Nipple surgery is considered a cosmetic procedure. Most insurers exclude coverage for such surgical operations.
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For a permanent solution to your retracted or inverted nipples, contact the team at Rowe Plastic Surgery. At their state-of-the-art facilities in Red Bank and Montclair, NJ and in Manhattan, Plainview and Water Mill, NY, you have access to the best breast surgery procedures to improve your breast appearance and functionality.

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