Inverted Nipples can affect both men and women. Inverted nipple correction surgery aims to rectify this issue so that the nipples protrude. Inverted nipples can cause functional problems for women and emotional concerns. An inverted nipple can look flat or a slit like depression or hole at the normal nipple location. Correction of inverted nipples depends on the problem. Typical inverted nipple surgery can be performed under local anaesthesia as an outpatient. It will be unlikely that you will be able to breastfeed following the procedure, so this is something that needs to be taken into consideration if you plan to have children.
Inverted Nipple Correction is an operation that usually takes half an hour to complete using a local or general anaesthetic.
The incisions are normally placed at the base of the nipple. Stitches are placed to hold the nipple in the correct position until it heals. In some circumstances, the milk ducts have to be cut to release the nipple.
You may feel tired and sore for a few days and could experience slight swelling and bruising. Discomfort can be subsided with prescription medication. Following the operation, you will have a light dressing in place which will need to be kept dry for two weeks. After two weeks your dressing will be removed and the wound inspected and lightly cleaned. The scars may be firm and pink for at least six weeks and may remain the same size for several months and it is important to keep in mind that they may take up to two years to fade. You will have follow-up visits in the months after surgery to check on your progress.
Recovery depends on the individual patient however most patients are able to go back to work after a couple of days. Although you can walk and do very light activities from the next day, it is advisable to avoid strenuous activities for seven to ten days. The average recovery time is between one to two weeks.
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