PROCEDURES

NIPPLE ENHANCEMENT FOR INVERTED NIPPLES

PROCEDURES

NIPPLE ENHANCEMENT FOR INVERTED NIPPLES

Nipple correction surgery corrects problems associated with enlarged, irregular, protruding or inverted nipples. The nipple is made of two parts: the nipple and the areola. The nipple is the projected part in the centre of the breast and the areola is the dark pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple.

Inverted nipples are due to an imbalance in muscle grip, where the strength of the outward muscle is weaker than the inward, which can be longer or stronger, causing the nipple to remain withdrawn. Nipple inversion is categorised in three sections identifying the severity. The least serve is grade 1 and does not require surgery to be corrected. Grade 2 can only be forcefully manipulated to temporarily project outward. The most severe category is grade 3 requiring surgery to rebalance the muscle in the nipple.

Patients have nipple inversion corrective surgery to increase self-esteem, improve quality of life and increase confidence in intimate social situations.

Nipple correction surgery takes approximately sixty minutes, under general anaesthetic. Nipple correction techniques depend on the individual and the correction required. One technique involves a small incision in the nipple, the surgeon separates all the ducts and fibrous elements within the nipple. A stint is place under the nipple, which remains in place for up to ten days. The other procedure does not require division of the ducts in the breast. A small incision is made by the surgeon and the fibrous elements are separated. The surgeon uses a permanent suture at the base of the nipple for support. Generally, patients are able to go home on the same day as the procedure.

Following the procedure patients will experience discomfort, which can be managed with pain medication. Patients also experience swelling and bruising which can be alleviated with cold compacts, this will improve gradually over three weeks following the surgery. Dissolvable stitches are used to close the incision wound and as such do not require removal. Patients are generally able to return to work within two days following the surgery.

Patients will be able to see the results of the nipple correction surgery immediately however it will take at least a month to see the full effect of the surgery, without swelling and bruising.

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