Nipples contain the milk ducts and if these ducts are short they will cause the nipple to be indrawn or inverted.
This is usually a long standing condition that occurs as part of breast development. It is not usually associated with bloody nipple discharge or breast shape change. Should nipple inversion occur quickly or with either of these symptoms the breasts should be assessed in a breast clinic.
Where inverted nipples have occurred during normal breast development, they can be corrected by releasing the short ducts during a quick and effective sugical procedure performed under local anaesthetic.
A detailed consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon is essential prior to undergoing any surgical procedure. During the consultation your surgeon will discuss any problem areas, desired improvements, options available (including no treatment at all) and expected outcomes.
Should Inverted Nipple Release surgery be agreed upon as the most suitable treatment, the procedure will be carried out by your surgeon in our newly refurbished operating theatre.
Under a local anaesthetic small 2mm incisions around the base of the nipple are used to divide the shortened ducts thereby releasing the nipple into a more normal position. A waterproof dressing is then usually applied.
Breast Reduction surgery is carried out under local anaesthetic to ensure the patient’s total comfort for the duration of the procedure.
Showering may recommence the day after the surgery. It is important to wear a bra that is unstructured so as to avoid any excessive pressure on the nipple. Often a foam dressing is provided to wear within the bra that helps to support the nipple and reduce pressure.
Our highly experienced medical team will be available around the clock to answer any queries you may have in the immediate post-operative period.
You should refrain from vigorous exercise for at least two weeks.
This is always a possibility whenever operating on the breast or in the vicinity of the nipple.
The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic to ensure the patient's total comfort for the duration of the procedure
30 - 120 minutes
Under a local anaesthetic small 2mm incisions around the base of the nipple are used to divide the shortened ducts thereby releasing the nipple
Following surgery, patients should expect nipples to return to a more normal position
Gentle showering can commence the day after surgery. Vigorous exercise and activities should be avoided for at least 2 weeks
Short milk ducts are permanently released