Inverted nipples occur frequently and are often a source of discomfort or self-consciousness for women who have them.
What is an inverted nipple?
When a woman has an inverted nipple, her nipple points inward and is recessed below the level of her breast. This can make the nipple appear flat, or in severe cases, it can make what is ordinarily the most prominent part of a nipple appear to be a recessed hole in the center of the breast.
Can nipples sometimes be inverted and sometimes be normal?
In some women with inverted nipples, touch, stimulation, or temperature changes can make the nipple "pop out" or reappear. In other women with inverted nipples, the nipples are so thoroughly tethered downward that they are "stuck" in a recessed position.
Do inverted nipples affect body image, sex, and breastfeeding?
In addition to the discomfort about the way that inverted nipples look, women with inverted nipples are also typically not able to breastfeed, and they report decreased sensation and sexual satisfaction with regard to their breasts.
How are inverted nipples corrected?
If you have an inverted nipple, Dr. Devgan can correct it with a short procedure done under local anesthesia only. By making a tiny incision at the base of the nipple (and hidden within the areola), Dr. Devgan will surgically draw the nipple outward and support it in a normal, popped-out position using carefully placed sutures. You are able to return to work later that same day or the next day, and downtime is minimal. Healing is generally complete within 2-4 weeks.
For more information:
If you are interested in correction of inverted nipples in New York City, please call (212) 452-2400 to make a consultation appointment with Dr. Devgan. You may also email info@LaraDevganMD.com if you have specific questions.