Inverted nipples can be concerning for many women. In those cases, flat or indented nipples can be corrected. An inconspicuous incision is made around the nipple and the surgeons at Cosmetic Surgical Art Center release the tacked down tissue. The area is then closed with small sutures, which are often removed within 4-7 days. Minimal to moderate swelling and bruising may take place and should disappear within 3 weeks. The recovery time is minimal, with patients able to resume physical activities, including showering, almost immediately.
Correction for the inverted nipple is performed on an out-patient basis. A patient can choose between local anesthesia or a combination that includes mild sedation. The surgery consists of a 1/4 inch incision at the base of the nipple. A small surgical instrument is then used to release the fibers which are pulling the nipple inward. Once these fibers are released, the nipple protrudes into its correct position. Dissolvable sutures are then used to close the incision. Thin surgical tape is then placed around the nipple, holding it in its new position. The tape is left in place for 5 to 7 days.
Inverted Nipple Recovery
There is very little recovery time associated with Inverted Nipple Surgery. Patients may experience mild tenderness or swelling for a few days after the procedure. Medications are given to the patient to alleviate any tenderness. Stitches dissolve on their own and typically the patient may return to work the next day.