I Have Inverted Nipples – Can Breast Augmentation Correct This?

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Inverted nipples are more common than blue eyes. In fact, approximately 20 percent of women have inverted nipples. If you’re among this group of women, you may wonder if breast augmentation would eliminate your inverted nipples. The answer is maybe.

Causes of Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipples, also known as retracted nipples, can occur for several reasons. If you’ve recently lost weight, you may have reduced the adipose tissue in your breasts and this can cause one or both of your nipples to invert.

Breastfeeding can cause nipple inversion. Other reasons include genetics, adhesions, short milk ducts, connective tissue issues, aging, trauma, or other reasons. Some diseases such as cancer can cause inverted nipples. The cause of your inversion will determine, in part, whether augmentation can reverse it.

Your initial consultation will provide us with the information we need to answer your question more fully.

Can I Get Augmentation And Correct My Inverted Nipples At The Same Time?

If the doctor determines that augmentation alone won’t cure your nipple inversion, then it’s possible that both procedures can be performed simultaneously.

What Are The Requirements For Breast Augmentation?

In order to be a good candidate for breast augmentation, you primarily need to be in good overall health. You need to be free of medical conditions that would contraindicate surgery or cause problems with your recovery from the procedure. Pregnancy or breastfeeding preclude augmentation.

If you have asymmetrical breasts or physical deformities or unusual shapes, you may be a good candidate for augmentation.

If your breasts are mature and fully developed but sag, you may be a good candidate for augmentation.

Patients who are realistic in their expectations for augmentation usually achieve a more optimal outcome from their procedure.

Body weight and BMI are not usually considered determining criteria for augmentation surgery. However, obesity might put some candidates in an unacceptable risk category so a BMI of 30 or lower is preferred.

What Types And Sizes Of Implants Are Available?

The Food and Drug Administration, or FDA has approved implants, both saline and silicone, in sizes ranging from 120cc’s to 960cc’s. Saline implants have been approved by the FDA, for anyone who is at least 18 years old. Silicone implants have been approved by the FDA for anyone who is at least 21 years old.

Your surgeon will recommend the size range most appropriate for your body weight and structure but ultimately, the decision is yours. The average implant is between 300 and 400 cc’s; a 300cc implant will weight about 10 ounces. You’ll need to consider the diameter and height of the implant as well because the size of the implant can determine its efficacy in correcting your inverted nipple.

What’s The Procedure For Breast Augmentation?

You’ll report to the medical facility shortly before your scheduled time so that the nurses can prep you for the surgery. Next, you’ll be given an anesthesia and your surgeon will make the incision and perform the augmentation and any other procedure necessary to correct inverted nipples. Your incision will then be closed and you’ll be taken to the recovery area.

What Type Of Anesthesia Is Used?

You’ll receive either a general anesthesia or an intravenous anesthetic. Your surgeon will recommend one or the other but the choice is ultimately yours.

Where’s The Incision Located And Will There Be A Scar?

Your surgeon will discuss the location of the incision with you and you’ll both decide on the most inconspicuous location. If you’re having an additional procedure such as cutting connective tissue bands, that may play a role in determining the location of the incision. Your anatomical structure and the size of your implant will also factor into the decision.

Several factors will determine whether you have a scar. Those factors include:

  • Your genetic predisposition to scarring
  • Exposure to nicotine
  • Infection
  • Diet
  • Your overall health
  • Aftercare of the incision

What’s The Recovery Time

Some patients are able to go home after an hour or two, some require longer. You must be in stable condition before we can discharge you.

You’ll be on restricted activity for a few days and it’s important to adhere to these instructions so that you don’t begin to bleed into your implant pockets. You may receive pain medication and you’ll probably be swollen and sore for a few days.

If you’ve had an additional procedure to correct your inverted nipples, there may be a slightly longer period of swelling and soreness. Usually, patients can return to work within a week.

You may be required to wear a support device for a time in order for the incision to heal properly and to provide support to your breasts. You may or may not be directed to cleanse the incision and you may or may not need to apply ointment. Your surgeon will give you explicit instructions and you should follow them in order to achieve optimal results.

Will My Insurance Cover This Procedure?

Many health insurance plans will cover augmentation, particularly when it’s to fix an inverted nipple. You need to have a consultation with your surgeon and then speak to your health insurance provider.

I’m Too Embarrassed

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You needn’t be embarrassed by the procedure either. Hundreds of thousands of women, and men too, have inverted nipples. Many opt for plastic surgery to fix the issue and provide larger breasts at the same time. You’ll be asleep during the procedure so you won’t feel uncomfortable about it. We have successfully performed thousands of these types of surgeries and have very happy patients.

Call Us

Don’t put off your breast augmentation surgery. Call us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about this procedure. We’re happy to answer your questions and look forward to hearing from you.

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