Invaginated nipples are those that, instead of rising out from the areola, tend to sink below its level. This phenomenon occurs when the tubules carrying milk from the depth of the breast to the nipple area are short and pull the nipple to the inside.
Informations about the medical procedure
Most of times women with invaginated nipples turn to their surgical correction because they are being disturbed by their appearance.
Correct positioning of the nipple ducts is obtained by sectioning them shorter, the method is however not recommended to women who want to maintain the ability of breastfeeding. Whichever surgical correction method the doctor will choose in correcting invaginated nipples, the lactiferous ducts will have to be sectioned, and this will cause obstructions in the evacuation of milk.
During consultation, the doctor will have to first of all identify the cause of the nipples invagintion. Are the ducts too short and pull the nipple in, or are we are facing certain deficiencies of the erector muscle of the nipple, or is it a combination of the two? Since invaginated nipple correction is achieved by partial or complete severing of the lactiferous ducts, which will cease the patient's ability to breastfeed, it is important to be well aware of this, should she still want to have children. Therefore, at the first consultation, she will have to decide whether she wants to pursue this treatment.
In general, surgery is performed under local anesthesia with sedation.
Usually, hospitalization of the patient is not required after such an intervention.
Side effects and surgical risks
Even though seldom, the following side effects are, however possible: infection or reaction to anesthesia, minimal discomfort. Following to an invaginated nipple correction, it is possible that women can not breastfeed anymore, therefore the subject should be discussed beforehand with the surgeon.
After surgery advice
After surgery, the patient will receive a bustier which she will wear for a few days in order to protect the mammary areola. On the recommendation of the specialist, the patient will receive analgesics and will avoid any physical contact over the first two to three weeks.
The procedure is not recommended for people prone to perturbances of the cicatrization process.
Within about two weeks, the patient may expect complete healing, should there be no complications. Within the same interval the suture material will be extracted. The scars become invisible six months after surgery.