What Is Inverted Nipple Surgery?

Inverted nipple surgery, also referred to as inverted nipple repair, is a cosmetic surgical procedure used to correct inverted nipples. The surgery involves adjusting the affected nipples to protrude outward. In most cases, inverted nipples are caused by shortened milk ducts. In those situations, the inverted nipple correction can include detaching the milk ducts from the nipples. However, this version of the surgery is typically only performed on patients who have no plans of breastfeeding in the future.

How Much Does Inverted Nipple Surgery Cost?

Health insurance generally will not assist you with the cost of inverted nipple surgery, and the procedure is typically priced between $1,000 and $6,000. The cost will partially depend on whether you’re having one or both nipples corrected. During your consultation, Dr. Stephens will gladly provide you with more specific pricing information for your treatment.

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What Are the Benefits of Inverted Nipple Surgery?

Inverted nipple surgery offers all of the following benefits to those with inverted nipples:

  • Improved nipple appearance and shape
  • Improved body image
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Improved or restored breastfeeding ability (without milk duct detachment)
  • Permanent results

Who Is a Candidate for Inverted Nipple Surgery?

If either one or both of your nipples are inverted, you could be a good candidate for inverted nipple surgery. Ideal candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Be in generally good physical health
  • Be self-conscious or unhappy about the appearance of your inverted nipples
  • Have realistic expectations for the surgery
  • Not be currently pregnant or nursing

What Should I Expect During Inverted Nipple Surgery?

If you think inverted nipple surgery may be right for you, the first step will be to sit down for a consultation with Dr. Stephens. He will ask you about your goals for the procedure and discuss the specifics of the treatment with you. This will be your chance to ask any questions or air any concerns that you have. Dr. Stephens will then put together a personalized treatment plan to provide you with the best possible results.

Inverted nipple surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure using local anesthesia. First, Dr. Stephens will make a tiny incision around the border of the nipple or just underneath the nipple. Then, depending on your treatment plan, he will detach the shortened milk duct from the nipple or reshape the nipple without detaching the milk duct. Finally, he will close the incision and apply bandages. The surgery typically takes around 30 minutes to complete.

Recovery After Inverted Nipple Surgery

You may experience some swelling and bruising after your surgery, but you should be able to return to your normal routine in only about a day. However, you should avoid strenuous exercise for at least one to two weeks.

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Why Choose Dr. Stephens for Inverted Nipple Surgery?

Dr. J. Anthony Stephens is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has been in practice since 1998. During that time, he has become known for his exceptional skill, superior results, and compassionate care. He and his team will go the extra mile to ensure that your inverted nipple surgery goes smoothly and provides you with the wonderful, natural-looking results that you deserve.

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