Inverted Nipple Repair
While the nipples of most people stick out between five and ten millimeters, a surprising portion of the population (between ten and twenty percent) has flat or inverted nipples. Inverted nipples can be present at birth or develop later in life. Some are “shy” nipples that easily protrude with stimulation, pressure, or cold. Nipples may invert again gradually or immediately after the pressure or other stimulation subsides. Permanently inverted nipples may result from relatively short ligaments along the milk ducts pulling the nipple inward.
Those who suddenly develop inverted nipples later in life should see a doctor. Primarily affecting women over 50, Paget’s disease of the breast is a rare kind of cancer that affects the ducts behind the areola and sometimes the nipple. Inversion later in life can also be caused by an infection of the mammary ducts, fat necrosis, or other kinds of infections. While the appearance of inverted nipples later in life may be symptomatic of an underlying condition, there are typically no medical problems associated with being born with inverted nipples. The condition can sometimes make it difficult for a baby to latch during breastfeeding, but a number of alternative remedies exist.
For those who would like to have surgical repair for inverted nipples, Dr. Franckle provides an efficient surgical procedure that takes about 30 minutes.* Surgery that detaches the milk ducts and associated ligaments is not recommended for women who may want to breastfeed in the future. The simple procedure is performed with a local anesthetic at Dr. Franckle’s office in Voorhees. Because it’s an outpatient procedure, patients are able to go home directly after the surgery. To learn more about the specifics of the procedure and what to expect, feel free to schedule a consultation.
As with many cosmetic surgeries, candidates must be over 18 years of age and neither breastfeeding nor pregnant. The procedure is not recommended for young women whose breasts have not yet fully developed. Women who intend to become pregnant in the future should be aware that this surgery may prevent them from being able to breastfeed. Those who have developed inverted nipples later in life should know that there is a chance that the effects of the corrective surgery may not be permanent. For those who are concerned about the symmetry of their breasts, it is important to note this surgery may result in slightly uneven nipples.
With experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. William C. Franckle is a board certified plastic surgeon with special interests in cosmetic surgeries of the breast, face, and body. He has been repeatedly featured as a Top Doc and leading physician in several area magazines, including South Jersey Magazine. Dr. Franckle graduated from the UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He has completed full residency programs in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Franckle is a member and past president of several national and regional societies for physicians and plastic surgeons.
If you’re self-conscious about inverted nipples and believe that plastic surgery may be your best option, schedule a consultation to learn more about the procedure and whether it would be appropriate for your situation. As with any surgical procedure, a number of variables affect the likely outcome and potential risks. While inverted nipple correction is a relatively simple outpatient procedure, all surgeries involve some degree of risk. Potential complications include loss of sensation and scars. Excess bleeding or signs of infection may necessitate further medical attention. It’s important to find a surgeon in South Jersey with experience performing this kind of surgical repair to reduce the risk of significant scarring and the likelihood of other complications.
“My results went beyond expectations and met all my needs. I am elated! I could not be more happy!”
Post-Op Patient -January 2016
Following inverted nipple repair surgery, the recovery period is usually very short. A few days of swelling, irritation, and discomfort may be regulated with medication, and the stitches may be removed a few days later.* While strenuous exertion should be avoided for a period of several weeks, most patients can go back to work and perform routine tasks just a day or two after the procedure. While Dr. Franckle is a board certified plastic surgeon who takes every precaution for the safety of his patients, all surgical procedures involve some risks, and he will be happy to discuss those risks in your initial
As inverted nipple repair is a cosmetic procedure, most health insurance providers will not cover the expense. At your consultation with board certified plastic surgeon, William Franckle, it is recommended that your inverted nipple repair should be performed at the surgery center, the range of cost for your procedure should fall between $3,900 and $4,600. If it is decided that you can be treated at our office, the cost is generally around $1,200.
We offer a number of patient financing options through reputable financial companies to help you plan for your breast lift. Before you apply, we recommend that you first discuss your needs with our patient coordinator, Bianca. She can help you with the application process and discuss any special offers that come up from time to time. You can visit our financing page to get more information on our programs. We also accept personal checks, cashier’s checks, cash, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. We want to make the process as simple for you as possible, so please reach out to us in advance if you have any questions.
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Given the number of people with partially or slightly inverted nipples, several at-home treatment options have developed over the years. Breast shells are small plastic discs that can help to improve the prominence of flat or inverted nipples. As some breast shells are also intended to protect breastfeeding mothers from soreness and sensitivity, they can be worn inside a bra and under layers of clothing. Some people also use breast pumps, disposable syringes (without a needle), or specialized devices to provide suction that draws out the nipple. Ultimately, these treatment options will not work for everyone, and some cases can only be effectively treated with surgery.