Probably the most efficient solution for a woman to get the nipples she has always dreamed of is the inverted nipple surgery. Up to 10 % of the women on earth have problems with their nipples’ shape and volume and, most of the time they think that nothing can be done. Moreover, not only inverted nipples have a great esthetical impact, but they also make breastfeeding very difficult for both the mother and child.

Who needs the surgery?

Mainly every woman who does not like her breasts or the shape of her nipples can go to a plastic surgeon and ask for a nipple reduction surgery or for a nipple enlargement surgery or for a simple correction. Inverted nipples are not threatening for health and people can easily live with them like that, but sometimes the personal comfort and self-confidence become priorities.

What does the surgery consist of?

The surgery’s aim is to bring the nipples to their natural shape and consistence. In case of the nipple reduction surgery, for women whose nipples are too long, there are a few simple methods, like the removal of the nipple tip or the removal of a cylinder of skin in the nipple’s neck area in order to insert the nipple deeper in the breast. Sometimes, this intervention is accompanied by breast reduction or increase and it includes an areola operation as well. This kind of surgery should not affect the breastfeeding abilities or the milk ducts. However, the areola reduction or the breast reduction / augmentation might have an impact on the tissues and the milk production, depending on the surgical technique and the surgeon’s ability to cope with complications.

The nipple enlargement surgery includes tissue grafts and that is why there is a risk of scarring that can influence the surgery and reverse its effects, to reduce the nipples beyond their initial size. Anyway, if the surgery is successful, the risk of complications is very low and breastfeeding or milk production is usually not affected.

Depending on the severity of the inversion, the correction surgery can become a bit complicated. Their severity varies from a simple pulling out of the nipple and the performance of a simple suture, to the release of fibrous bands around the nipple that affect lactation and the ducts’ functionality.

What are the risks?

The only major risk all women fear is the ability to breastfeed afterwards. Normally, during a simple nipple surgery, the milk ducts and lactation should not be affected. However, the best thing to do is to discuss with the doctor about the intervention needed, the procedures involved and the complications that might occur. The patient should clearly specify if she takes into consideration having babies in the future and breastfeeding them. Sometimes, an inverted nipple surgery can complicate the nursing of the baby and make it more difficult than if it would not have been performed.