10 to 20 percent of women — and many men — have inverted or flat nipples. To put that into context, people with inverted nipples are between 10 and 20 times more common than the 1 to 2 percent of people who have red hair.
Here are 6 Treatment Tips for Inverted Nipples in San Diego:
1- An inverted nipple can affect both men and women. Women, however, tend to be more self-conscious about their breast. It can affect one or both sides.
2- Nipple inversion or retraction comes in three different grades. Grade 1 is the simplest and also called “shy nipples”. The nipple inverts in response to stimulation such as cold temperature. Grade 3 is permanently retracted and can affect nipple hygiene.
3- Surgery can correct an inverted nipple. The surgery involves division of the milk duct that are creating the inversion retraction. The procedure can be performed under local anesthesia or as part of other breast surgery such as augmentation or breast lift. Fat grate may be required to maintain the shape of the nipple.
4- Breast augmentation surgery does not correct nipple retraction or inversion. The nipples will improve over the first six to eight weeks after breast augmentation, but will be noticed again once the swelling subsides.
5- Inverted nipple surgery can affect future breast feeding. The short milk ducts are divided during surgery and that can affect breast feeding.
6- Nipple reduction surgery and areolar reduction can be performed at the same surgery to correct inverted nipples.
Dr. Jaibaji is a double board-certified surgeon, certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery.