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Key Points: Nipple Correction
Type of Anaesthetic:
Length of Procedure:
Nights in Hospital:
Time off Work: usually none
Back to Normal: 1-2 weeks
Why Choose To Have Nipple Correction?
It is common for women to develop inverted nipples, the cause being slightly shortened or tight breast milk ducts. The inversion can occur in one nipple or both; the severity depends on whether the nipple remains permanently inverted or only at certain times. Permanent inversion is less likely to respond to non surgical treatments.
Nipple inversion is mostly a cosmetic problem although it can cause problems with breast feeding. One way to try and solve this is by using a Niplette – a painless device that gently sucks out the inverted nipple. In some cases breast feeding itself can rectify the inversion. If this fails then surgery may be required.
If nipple inversion occurs later in life it can very occasionally be caused by breast diseases including breast cancer and this should be checked.
What Can Be Done?
There are two different types of procedure that can be used to treat inverted nipples:
Duct Dividing Surgery:
This is the most common procedure. The shortened ducts are divided and the nipple everted using a combination of stitches and re-shaping. You cannot breast feed after this type of operation.
Duct Preserving Surgery :
The milk ducts are mostly preserved and the tight tissue or very short ducts are released leaving the majority of ducts intact. This procedure leaves the option of breast feeding for the majority but has a higher failure rate.
The surgery can be performed as a daycase under local anaesthetic. It has a quick recovery time and is generally very well tolerated.
A full medical history will be obtained before any surgery. As a precaution, do not take any over the counter medicines or herbal remedies prior to surgery or for 3 days following. Also avoid Aspirin, Ibuprofen and Voltarol-based tablets. It would be useful to bring a list of any prescribed medications to your Pre-operative Assessment.
If you are a smoker, try and stop smoking around the time of surgery as this can reduce the chance of complications.
Post-Operative Instructions And Recovery
The wounds will heal in only a few days, and apart from some minor soreness the recovery from this procedure very fast.
Time Off Work And Socialising:
Patients usually feel able to return to work the next day and are fully recovered and back to normal activity by 1-2 weeks.
Dressings And Stitches:
During the recovery period we would advise patients to wear gauze or padding over the nipple to avoid rubbing on underwear or clothing.
Potential Complications With Inverted Nipples
As with any procedure, it is very important you understand what can go wrong as well as right. The potential complications are listed below:
Bleeding or infection
Recurrence of inversion: This can happen in up to 25% of patients, depending upon the technique used.
Inability to breast feed: Any surgery to treat nipple inversion can lead to an inability to breast feed.
Altered nipple sensation: If this does occur, it is unlikely to last long term.
If you experience any side-effects that you are concerned about please don't hesitate to Contact Us
What does Nipple Correction Surgery Cost?
Nipple Correction Surgery: from £3400
What Is Included In The Cost?
The prices listed are All-inclusive and Cover:
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