Nipple Correction Surgery
Why Nipple Correction Surgery?
There are many reasons patients choose to undergo nipple correction surgery including enlarged nipples or areolas; however the majority of procedures are performed to correct inverted nipples.
There are many causes for nipples to be inverted including:
- Being born with inverted nipples.
- Trauma such as an injury or surgery.
- Pregnancy or breast feeding.
- Breast infections such as mastitis (common during breastfeeding).
- Breast cancer.
- Sudden excessive weight loss.
The Benefits Of Nipple Correction
If the appearance of your nipples has been making you feel self-conscious then nipple correction surgery can restore your confidence in the appearance of your breasts. In addition, nipple correction surgery can relieve any pain or discomfort caused by enlarged or inverted nipples.
In addition to nipple correction surgery there are a couple of non-surgical options you can try to treat inverted nipples, although success rates are highly variable.
One option available is the use of specially designed suction cups or clamps that encourage the nipple to come out; it is thought that by using these devices regularly it may “train” the nipple to remain everted for longer.
Alternatively, you can simply try rolling the nipple between the thumb and forefinger to coax the nipple outwards. It is thought that by doing this several times a day it may encourage the nipple to remain everted. A similar technique, known as the Hoffman technique involves spreading the nipple open by pressing your thumbs into the breast at either side of the nipple and moving them apart.
Nipple correction procedures are often carried out under local anaesthetic only, which means you will be awake during the procedure but will feel no pain. This significantly reduced the risks and recovery time compared to a surgical procedure carried out under general anaesthetic. A small incision will be made to the side of your nipple and the milk ducts that hold the nipple in will be cut, allowing the nipple to stick outwards instead of inwards.
Most procedures are performed as a day case, meaning you will be allowed to return home shortly after undergoing your operation. Your nipples will be dressed with a medicated gauze to encourage healing and protect the nipples, which will be sore for up to 2-3 days. You may experience some swelling which should also subside within 2-3 days.
Potential Risks And Complications
The risks associated with nipple correction surgery are fairly minimal, as the procedure is mostly performed under a local anaesthetic only. In addition the small incisions mean that there is minimal scarring.
There is a very small chance that you may get an infection following your procedure, but this will most likely be easily managed with proper wound cleaning and dressing.
Breastfeeding And Nipple Correction Surgery
The surgery to correct inverted nipples normally involves cutting the milk ducts that tether the nipples inwards, allowing them to protrude as normal. This unfortunately means that you will be unable to breast feed following inverted nipple correction surgery, as the milk ducts are no longer attached to the nipple.
How Much Does Nipple Correction Surgery Cost?
The exact cost of your nipple correction surgery will depend on the clinic you choose and your individual circumstances, but the procedure typically costs around £2,000-£3,000. As with any cosmetic procedure you should thoroughly research the clinic’s reputation and success rates, as well as being fully aware of the cost of the procedure.