Nipple inversion is more common than you might think. Experts estimate that around 10% of women have inverted or flat nipples. While that number might not seem high, it means that there are nearly one million Australian women with inverted or flat nipples. Fortunately, if you are one of these women, there is something that you can do about it.
Whether you have inverted nipples, large nipples, or small nipples, nipple correction can be can be a great option for getting the breasts that you’ve always wanted. Areola reduction is also another common procedure that can be done alone or in conjunction with nipple correction.
Whatever your body type is and whatever your goals are, nipple correction can be a great option. It is a minor operation that can be done on its own or during a breast augmentation, breast reduction, or breast lift surgery.
Ready to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about transforming your nipples.
Nipple Correction: The Basics
Nipple correction is a minor procedure that can be done without general anaesthesia. The whole thing only takes about 30 minutes and you can be on your way home in no time after the procedure. Having a nipple correction is a simple procedure done generally for aesthetic reasons.
Inverted nipples are a very common issue with countless women have nipple correction each year. The issue is usually a result of the nipple structure (short milk ducts) or tightness of the underlying connective tissue which causes the nipple to be tethered inwards. Some people have short milk ducts their entire lives while other women develop inverted nipples during pregnancy or while they are breastfeeding. There’s no one single cause of inverted nipples and each case is a bit different.
Causes of Nipple Inversion
When you come to our Sydney clinic for a consultation, Dr Turner will review your case and talk about the potential cause of your nipple inversion. Some of the following are typical causes of nipple inversion:
- Significant and rapid weight loss
- Breast ptosis
- Recurrent breast infections or inflammations
- Padget’s Disease
- Breast cancer
- Genetic variants
Degrees of Nipple Inversion
No two nipples are alike. When it comes to shape, size, colour, and, inversion, each person is different. There are varying degrees of nipple inversion and you may even be dealing with two different degrees yourself. Few people have perfectly matching nipples and it’s even possible that one of your nipples is inverted while the other points outward. Whatever the level of severity of your nipple inversion, nipple correction can make a world of difference.
As medical professionals, when we talk about nipple inversion, we talk about grades. Nipple inversion grades refer to the severity of the issue. They range from Grade I to Grade III. While your particular grade will impact the specifics of your nipple correction. The best way to know the grade of your nipples is to visit our Sydney office to have a consultation with Dr Turner.
To get a general idea at home, you can just pay attention to your nipples behaviour. If you have a mild type of nipple inversion, your nipple will point outward most of the time and will usually only invert when exposed to cold. If you’ve got a moderate level of nipple inversion, your nipples will usually be inverted but can be pushed out manually. If you have severe nipple inversion, you can’t squeeze them or do anything to manually force your nipples to point outward.
Grade I Nipple Correction Surgery
If you have Grade I nipple inversion, it’s possible that your issue can be corrected with a suction device or even a short-term nipple piercing. Since Grade I is a very minor level of inversion, it is very possible that a non-surgical solution will permanently change your nipple. If non-surgical solutions aren’t enough, a simple purse-string suture operation can often reverse nipple inversion without affect your milk ducts.
Grade I nipple inversion is often corrected by a breast augmentation surgery. If you would like to change the overall shape and volume of your breasts, nipple correction surgery done in conjunction with breast augmentation surgery can be a great option.
Grade II Nipple Correction Surgery
Grade II nipple inversion is more severe than Grade I. Often the milk ducts are short and there is typically a level of fibrosis or thick and scarred tissue. In most cases, milk ducts are not impacted during nipple correction surgery. Fibrous tissue will be broken apart and the nipple will be everted, or turned inside out.
Grade III Nipple Correction Surgery
In the most severe types of nipple inversion, Grade III, the nipple has a high level of fibrosis and can’t be forced out of the body. In order to correct Grade III nipple inversion, it is necessary to separate the nipple from the milk ducts. This means that women who correct Grade III nipple inversion won’t be able to breast feed in the future. It also comes with the risk of losing nipple sensitivity. Of course, this means there is some level of trade-off. As many women are very self-conscious about their breasts if they have Grade III nipple inversion, it can still be a good solution for those who have no plans of a breast feeding in the future.
Long (Floppy) and Puffy Nipples
Many women have long and dark nipples. It can be the result of breast feeding or it can be an issue that develops during puberty. Some women with long nipples have deflated and droopy looking breasts often with large areola. It’s possible for any women to get long nipples but it is typically an issue than Asian women have. While it’s not painful or dangerous in any way, long nipples can make many women feel self-conscious about the appearance of their breasts.
Puffy nipples are another common issue. They are a result of the skin around the areola not being as thick as the skin around it. Both puffy nipples and long nipples can be corrected by a nipple correction operation.
Areola Reduction: The Basics
While there is no “ideal” areola size, many women feel that their areola area is too large. Areola reduction is often done as part of a breast lift or breast reduction surgery. Creating a proactive plan for getting a dream body can be a life-changing move. Areola reduction can make a profound difference in your appearance. Dr Turner will help create a customised plan for you to meet your unique desires. It is important to note, however, that areola reduction surgery does leave a scar. Fortunately, this scar is easily camouflaged into the natural shape and colour of your areola area.
Your Consultation with Dr Turner
Scheduling a consultation with the Sydney Institute of Plastic Surgery is the first step is transforming your body. We understand that this is a big step for many women and men, especially those who have never undergone a cosmetic procedure. To ensure that you are comfortable and confident every step of the way, we lay out of detailed map for exactly what to expect at a consultation in our Sydney clinic.
When you arrive for your consultation, you will sit down to a one-on-one chat with Dr Turner. He will talk to you about your desires, needs, and any concerns that you may have. Because there are so many different ways of enhancing your body, he will review every potential option with you. During your consultation, Dr Turner will create a clear treatment plan for you that addresses all of your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is there an ideal age for inverted nipple surgery?
Women with nipples growth issues often notice the issue during puberty when their breasts first start to develop. While it may be something that you notice very early in life, you will want to wait until your breasts and nipples are fully developed before you have a nipple correction procedure. Once your breasts and nipples have been a consistent shape and size for one year, you are a good candidate for nipple correction surgery.
Likewise, while men may notice an abnormal nipple shape and size early in life, it is best to wait until the end of puberty. Your body is changing quickly during puberty and it’s best to take a “wait and see” approach until the end of puberty. Getting a procedure too soon means that you could have an unnecessary operation or end up with unpredictable results.
Nonetheless, anytime is a good time to chat with a professional. A consultation at our Sydney office with Dr Turner is the perfect opportunity to discuss your issues and goals. Dr Turner will look at your particular case and recommend a treatment plan.
How long do the results of inverted nipple surgery last?
Nipple correction surgery has a success rate of 85%. While nipples can change in size and projection over time, the vast majority of people find that their corrected nipples continue to project outward for the rest of their lives. The exception, however, is with women who later become pregnant again. Pregnancy has a major impact on breasts and it is very possible that they can impact your nipples. If your nipples do become inverted again, you can resolve it with another nipple correction operation.
Where will there be scars?
There is always some degree of scarring involved in any operation. Fortunately, it is easy to hide during a nipple correction. The pink skin around the nipple area is perfect for hiding the fine pink scars that come from a nipple correction.
When you come in for a nipple correction consultation at our Sydney clinic, Dr Turner will show you detailed images to give you a crystal clear picture of how your body will look after a nipple correction operation.
Are there any Medicare rebates for nipple correction surgery?
Inverted nipple surgery may be eligible for a Medicare rebate. Depending on your health insurance coverage, you might be able to qualify for coverage of theatre and accommodation fees. Talk to your insurance profession about Medicare item number 31563. For protruding nipple surgery, there is no Medicare item number.
What are the risks of inverted nipple correction surgery?
Complications with nipple correction surgery are rare. The main aspect to consider is your ability to breastfeed in the future. The degree to which nipple correction surgery risks your ability to breast feed will depend on the severity of your case. If you have a minor level of inversion, it’s unlikely that your sensitivity or ability to breast feed will be affected. The more serious that your inversion is, the more likely it is that your sensitivity and milk ducts will be impacted. When you come in for a consultation at our Sydney clinic, Dr Turner will assess your current condition and give you a clear picture of the specific risks for you and your particular situation.
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.
What are the benefits of having a nipple correction procedure?
Like most cosmetic procedures, the biggest perk to nipple correction is a boost in self-confidence. So many men and women spend a lifetime feeling insecure about their body. Being proactive and taking a step to change your appearance can be transformative. From going to the beach to feeling attractive in intimate situations, nipple correction can be life changing.