Inverted nipples and protruding nipples are embarrassing issues for many women. Many of my patients tell me that they cannot find much information about the treatment of these problems. This is a shame because they are actually fairly easy problems to correct.
An inverted nipple is an "innie". Most nipples will become erect with stimulation, however, a truly inverted nipple will not. These nipples are tethered down by bands which inhibit them from becoming erect. In the case of a truly inverted nipple, the solution is to make a small incision at the base of the nipple and use a knife or a small pair of scissors to cut through these tethering bands. This will release the nipple and allow it to evert. To maintain this eversion and keep the nipple from falling back down, a small dissolvable stitch is placed at the base of the nipple. The tissue at the base of the nipple heals together and prevents a recurrence of the nipple inversion. The procedure does not take very long to perform. The main drawback to this procedure is that the milk ducts are also cut along with the tethering bands. This will, in all likelihood, prevent the patient from being able to breast-feed from the involved breast.
Nipples that are elongated or protruding may also be a problem to patients. The solution to this is to remover a strip of skin around the base of the nipple and then telescope the "cap" of the nipple downward to close the gap. The skin edges can be sewn together using an absorbable suture. The result is a shorter nipple and the scar is virtually invisible.
Note: Protruding nipples are also known as or referred to as elongated nipples, and this type of problem is more common than many people realize. The solution is a simple one, but there simply is not a lot of information available to the people looking, and it can be a little embarrassing for some people to discuss with their friends or family. Making the decision to opt for plastic surgery can make a big difference in the way that you feel about your body and can make you feel more comfortable within your own skin. Confidence can be gained from taking a proactive approach to your needs and can help alleviate any insecurities associated with abnormal nipples. There is no need to suffer through being embarrassed, if you do not have to.
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title: Worried About Inverted Nipples or Protruding Nipples?