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What it is:
An inverted or "shy" nipple happens to 2% of all men and women, and there are varying degrees of inversion. Correction involves a simple surgery.
Nipple inversion affects 2% of all men and women. There are various degrees of how "shy" the nipples can be. Some individuals are born with inverted nipples, while others become inverted later in life. This can occur following breastfeeding, or sometimes as a result of a tumor pulling the nipple inward. Correction involves a simple surgery on the nipples that leaves minimal scarring and gives a natural appearance. The milk ducts are spared for future breastfeeding.
Why you may want a Inverted Nipple:
Breast-feeding. Breast-feeding can be difficult or even impossible with inverted nipples.
Aesthetics. You may feel that your breasts will be more attractive with outwardly-facing nipples.
What you want:
Simple surgery, expertly performed. You'd like to reverse the inversion of your nipples, and you would like to do with a simple surgery and minimal scarring.
Who is a candidate for inverted nipple surgery?
Ideal candidates for inverted nipple surgery are unhappy with the appearance of their flattened or irregular-looking nipples that face inward. Candidates should be non-smokers who are physically and mentally healthy and free from any significant untreated medical conditions. Patients pursuing the detached duct technique should be finished breastfeeding. Finally, candidates should be realistic about the results they expect from the procedure, which they will discuss during an initial consultation with Dr. Rahban.
What you can expect in your Initial Consultation:
If you are considering this procedure, please come in for a consultation with Dr. Rahban. You can expect your initial exam and consultation to take an hour or more. In your consultation, Dr. Rahban will:
- Listen to what you'd like to achieve with your surgery
- Perform a thorough examination
- Tell you exactly what he recommends and why
- Make sure that any questions you have about financing are completely answered
Types of inverted nipples
Grades classify nipple inversion based on the severity of the inversion and how the nipple responds to stimulation.
A grade one inverted nipple can easily be pulled outward and sometimes stand out on its own such as with cold or stimulation. This is the minor level of nipple inversion. Generally, the nipple is everted but may be inverted on occasion.
Grade two inversion means that Dr. Rahban can pull the nipple outward, but it quickly returns to its original shape. It remains inverted most of the time but can be pulled out with some pressure.
The third grade of nipple inversion occurs when the condition is most severe. You may be unable to pull the nipple out; it remains inverted no matter how much pressure is applied.
What to expect during nipple inversion correction surgery
Inverted nipples are commonly caused by tissue constriction or truncated breast ducts underneath the nipples. Surgery to repair an inverted nipple is a simple in-office procedure that releases the nipples and allows them to project outwards naturally and appealingly. Because only local anesthesia is used, the entire surgical procedure lasts approximately thirty minutes for each side of the chest. Dr. Rahban can also adjust nipple symmetry during this time.
Results are immediately visible, although nipple protrusion may appear excessive following the procedure. Surgically-corrected nipples should look ideal within two to four weeks.
When the surgery is performed by a skilled and experienced surgeon like Dr. Rahban, the results will generally last a lifetime. Patients who have undergone inverted nipple surgery in Los Angeles progressively gain confidence as their bodies recover and they see the desired outcome.
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"During the surgery, Dr. Rahban spent several more hours than anticipated to assure that my outcome was symmetrical and aesthetically perfect! I cannot be more pleased. I was very concerned about scarring because I had a breast lift as well, requiring nipple replacement and two other incisions. However, due to the extra suturing and fine attention to detail, after 3 months my scars are barely visible, just some redness.
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Inverted nipple repair techniques
There are two types of nipple repair techniques, and it is essential to understand the differences, so you choose what’s best for you. One type preserves the milk ducts, while the other does not.
The type that partially preserves the milk ducts is known as the “duct sparing” surgical technique, which allows for breastfeeding post-surgery but is associated with a higher risk of re-inversion after surgery. Dr. Rahban will make a tiny incision at the nipple’s base through which some ducts are divided and some are stretched. An internal purse string suture is implanted to stabilize the nipple position, and the incision is closed with a single suture.
The type that does not preserve the ducts is called the “detached duct” surgical technique. Because the abnormal milk ducts are detached, patients cannot breastfeed afterward. The advantage of this technique is that the results are more permanent and successful. The abnormal ducts are completely divided, and the surgery is the same as duct-sparing. However, because all the ducts are cut, there is less internal pull on the nipple, making it less likely to re-invert.
Recovery after inverted nipple surgery
Recovery from inverted nipple correction is minimal, lasting up to three days. Patients can generally resume their daily activities one to two days following their procedure. You may experience little to no swelling or bruising. However, you should avoid strenuous activities for up to one week. This surgery can be combined with other breast surgery, such as breast augmentation, which will affect recovery.
Why choose Dr. Rahban for inverted nipple surgery in Los Angeles?
If you want a change in your breasts or believe you are a candidate for inverted nipple surgery, top Beverly Hills Breast Surgeon Dr. Rady Rahban can help. With a complete understanding of your aesthetic goals and his years of experience reshaping breasts, Dr. Rahban will give you precisely what you want. Dr. Rahban is the best choice for inverted nipple surgery in Los Angeles because of his simple, beautiful, and natural results.
Come in for a Consultation with Dr. Rahban
When Dr. Rahban does a consultation with a prospective patient, he wants it to be two things above all others: thorough and honest. He will find out from you just what you want from cosmetic surgery. And he will tell you honestly if you can get the result you want, and how he can best help you do so.