Inverted Nipple Surgery in Greenwich, CT – Dr. Margoles
Did you know that an estimated 10 to 20% of women have some type of inverted nipple? Dr. Sandra Margoles offers surgery to correct an inverted nipple at her plastic surgery practice in Greenwich, CT.
If your nipple appearance bothers or embarrasses you, come see Dr. Margoles to explore your treatment options. Read on to learn more about inverted nipple surgery in Greenwich, CT, or contact Dr. Margoles to schedule a one-on-one consultation.
What Causes Inverted Nipple?
An inverted nipple occurs when one or both nipples point inward, rather than outward. Some people refer to this condition as a “shy nipple.” While it can have many causes, most inverted nipples result from tissue bands or ducts that pull the nipple inward. Inverted nipples are often genetic.
This condition has varying degrees of severity. Some patients experience a mild inversion where only a small portion of the nipple is restrained. Other patients have more severe inversion, with the whole nipple pointing inward.
Inverted nipples aren’t usually a sign of cancer, especially if you’ve always had inversion. Patients who notice a change in the appearance of their breasts or experience sudden inversion should visit their doctor as soon as possible. Sometimes, an inverted nipple can be a sign of a more severe condition.
Surgery for Inverted Nipples in Greenwich, CT
Surgery can correct an inverted nipple by releasing the shortened ducts or tissue bands, allowing the nipple to extend and point outward. This procedure is quick and reasonably straightforward. Dr. Margoles typically performs this surgery in her office using only local anesthesia. Since it is an outpatient procedure, patients can return home the same day.
Surgery for inverted nipples is very effective. Releasing the tissue bands allows the nipple to immediately protrude. This quick procedure corrects the inverted nipple for almost all patients that receive it.
What Happens During Nipple Surgery?
After using local anesthesia to numb the nipple and surrounding tissues, making a small incision at the nipple’s base allows Dr. Margoles to carefully release the tissue banding that is pulling the nipple downward. She places sutures to hold the nipple in place while the breast heals from surgery.
Dr. Margoles takes special care to minimize damage to the nerves and milk ducts, so patients retain their nipple sensation and breastfeeding abilities.
Recovery After Inverted Nipple Surgery
Recovery is brief for most patients after this procedure. Some tenderness may occur, but it is treatable with over-the-counter pain medications. Dr. Margoles will explain which medications are safe to use after surgery.
Patients can immediately resume most daily activities. You’ll need to avoid heavy lifting and strenuous activities for a few weeks.
Dr. Margoles often uses dissolving sutures that will naturally break down as the body heals. If she uses non-dissolvable sutures, you’ll have your stitches removed one to two weeks after surgery.
Dr. Sandra Margoles is a female plastic surgeon operating a private practice in Greenwich, CT, and Westchester County. Dr. Margoles’s specialties include breast augmentation, breast reduction, liposuction, facelift, eyelid surgery, and more. Having trained extensively at some of the world’s most esteemed institutions, including Harvard Medical School and Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Margoles is well-equipped to provide her patients with outstanding plastic surgery results. Above all, Dr. Margoles values her patients’ safety, well-being, and happiness. Learn more about Dr. Margoles’s philosophy, training, and qualifications here.
Why Should I Get Inverted Nipple Surgery?
Inverted nipples are normal and do not require treatment unless they are bothersome. Many of Dr. Margoles’ patients choose surgery because they are uncomfortable about their inverted nipple’s appearance. Since nipple surgery is a straightforward procedure with few risks or complications, it’s worth considering to improve your quality of life.
Some of the potential benefits of surgery for an inverted nipple include:
- Increased confidence in your appearance
- Improved comfort during intimacy
- More options for clothing
- Easier breastfeeding
Nipple surgery isn’t right for everyone, but if inversion causes you to be self-conscious about your appearance, meet with a plastic surgeon and explore your options. Dr. Margoles’ nipple surgery patients often report an increased quality of life and high levels of satisfaction with their results.
Contact Dr. Margoles to Learn More About Surgery for Inverted Nipples in Greenwich, CT
Frequently Asked Questions About Inverted Nipple Surgery in Greenwich, CT
Nipple surgery can disrupt the milk duct system and lead to breastfeeding complications. However, breastfeeding is already challenging for many patients with nipple inversion. Freeing the nipple can make it easier for babies to latch onto the breast. If you’ve had nipple surgery and would like to breastfeed, the best advice is to try. Working with a lactation specialist can help many women successfully breastfeed, even those with nipple inversion or a history of breast or nipple surgery.
- Capsular contracture, which develops when scar tissue forms around an implant. With this condition, patients feel pain and notice a hardening of breast tissue. This type of scarring can also cause an implant to rupture.
- Symmastia, in which migration of the implants or improper positioning makes it look like the breasts are joined in the middle of the chest.
- Breasts that look asymmetrical. This may have been caused by implant malposition, and was immediately obvious after surgery. It can also be the result of implants that were properly placed but have moved from their original location.
- Implants whose outlines are clearly visible or have developed a “rippling” appearance.
- Implants that have ruptured.
The cost of your procedure will be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Margoles. We want to ensure our patients receive accurate and comprehensive pricing information so they can plan for their procedure without unexpected or surprise expenses. The best way to ensure an accurate price is to provide individualized quotes after an examination and discussion of your surgical goals.
This procedure is brief. Typically, nipple surgery takes less than 30 minutes.
Downtime is minimal after inverted nipple surgery. Many patients return to work the same day with little impact on regular daily activities.
Most patients experience a complete reversal of their nipple inversion after surgery. These results are long-lasting and for an overwhelming majority of patients, permanent. In rare cases, tissue bands can regrow, causing a recurrence of nipple inversion. If this is the case, you can have it reversed with another in-office procedure.
Some patients experience changes to nipple sensitivity after this procedure. These changes are usually temporary and resolve within six weeks as nerves regrow.