Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipples are nipples that sit deeper than the plane of the areola of your breast. Anywhere between 1-10% of women are born with inverted nipples. In these women, the nipples are unable to project out of the breast as there is incomplete development of the breast feeding ducts that connect the nipple to the deeper breast gland. It is also possible for previously normal nipples to invert later in life. This is due to any condition that causes scar tissue to pull the ducts of the nipple into the breast e.g. duct infections, breast surgery or cancer. It is therefore important to see your doctor straight away if you notice a recent change in the appearance of your nipples.
Inverted nipples can make you feel self-conscious about the appearance of your breasts. Women who have inverted nipples that cannot be manually pushed out also find it extremely difficult to breast feed.
There are several effective operations to help evert an inverted nipple. Your surgeon will recommend the best operation that suits the size and shape of your nipple. In most cases, the surgery will take 20 to 30 minutes for each breast and can be done as day surgery. Meticulous attention is paid to minimising your scarring and bruising.

Protruding nipples

Large nipples that protrude visibly from the breast can be a source of embarrassment for both men and women. Reducing the size of your nipples to match your breast mound is a relatively simple procedure that is performed under general anaesthetic as day surgery. Dissolving stitches and small incisions are used to minimize your pain and bruising after the surgery. The scars usually blend imperceptibly into the natural indentations and curves of your nipples.

The Procedure

By stretching or dividing the milk duct muscles, nipple correction surgery permanently brings the nipple to the outward position so they don’t withdraw inward. The surgeon assesses the nipple inversion as Grade 1,2 or 3 and chooses a method to rebalance the muscle’s pull accordingly.

The treatment takes approximately 30 minutes and is performed as day surgery, under local anaesthetic unless performed in conjunction with other breast surgery procedures, such as breast liftbreast augmentation or breast reduction.

As soluble stitches are used in nipple correction surgery, they do not require removal.

Recovery From Inverted or Protruding Nipple Surgery

Recovery usually involves mild discomfort; most patients are able to return to work within two days. However, strenuous exercise should be avoided. Swelling may last for several weeks after surgery and depends on your activity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Breast growth problems become apparent in puberty and it can be worthwhile seeing a plastic surgeon for reassurance regarding the causes and treatment of the nipple problems. In many cases, it is best to wait for breast growth to be completed before surgically correcting any nipple problems. Your breasts have stopped growing when they have stayed a stable size and shape for at least one year.
Inverted or protruding nipple surgery is performed under a general anaesthetic in an accredited hospital private hospitals. This surgery is a day procedure.
Surgery to correct inverted nipples has a success rate of 85%. While the nipples will reduce in size and projection over time, in most situations, they stay everted. Nipples that a reduced in size rarely “grow back” unless you go on to breast feed or conceive more children.
The pink skin of the nipple and areola heal beautifully and yield very fine pink scars that blend into the natural contours of the surrounding skin.
The cost of inverted nipple surgery is determined by the expected complexity and duration of your operation and will be estimated following your first consultation. Prices start from

Insured: $4,800

Uninsured: $7,050

including the surgeon’s fee, assistant’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee, hospital stay and 12 months post-op care.

The cost of protruding nipple surgery is determined by the expected complexity and duration of your operation and will be estimated following your first consultation. Prices start from $7,200 including the surgeon’s fee, assistant’s fee, anaesthetist’s fee, hospital stay and 12 months post-op care.

Inverted nipple surgery attracts an item number from Medicare which allows you to claim a rebate. If you have the appropriate level of health insurance cover, they may pay for your theatre and accomodation fees. Your item number from Medicare is 31563.

There is no Medicare item number for protruding nipple surgery.

The main side effect to consider after inverted nipple correction is the effect on your ability to breastfeed. There are usually no changes to nipple sensitivity, with sensation normally remaining as it was prior to surgery.
The degree of scarring from inverted nipple surgery depends on the condition of the individual’s skin and the patient’s healing ability. The surgeon can only control the scarring as far as the technique used and incision size.
We always aim to minimise scarring in any surgery by using the latest techniques and the smallest possible incision. Your surgeon will discuss the likely scarring outcome for you, based on your surgical plan and any other relevant factors.
In general, the most common benefit of nipple correction treatment or surgery is the relief from embarrassment and negative self-esteem caused by your appearance. Women seek nipple correction surgery so they can feel more confident in intimacy and in other situations, such as when using public change rooms.
There are possible Medicare rebates if your eyelid skin causes visual obstruction. This will be determined on the day of your consultation.
You will be given a Plastic Surgery Recovery guide upon booking your surgery. This document explains in great detail all of your after care following surgery.

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