Inverted nipples can present in childhood or develop later in life as a result of scarring or shortening of the milk ducts. The severity of the inversion is graded based on how easily the nipple can be manipulated back into a normal position and how quickly it retracts. Inverted nipples can be corrected with a simple, outpatient procedure.
- The nipple is cleaned and local anesthesia is used for comfort
- A small incision is made at the base of the nipple
- Bands of scar are released to allow for the nipple to evert and return to a natural position
- The incision is closed and dressings are applied
- A splint may be used to provide support during the healing process
Risks & Benefits
Risks include decreased nipple sensation, difficulty breastfeeding, and recurrence of the inversion.
Inverted nipple correction is a simple procedure that provides high patient satisfaction and can often be performed under local anesthesia in the office.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does insurance cover correction of inverted nipples?
Many insurance carriers consider this procedure cosmetic and do not provide coverage.
Will I be able to breastfeed after this procedure?
It’s possible, though not guaranteed. While we make every effort to preserve the milk ducts while releasing scar tissue, it may be impossible to achieve a full correction and preserve all milk ducts.