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Both men and women can be born with nipples that are inverted or develop inverted nipples over time. In fact, up to as many at 10% of men and women experience some degree of inverted nipples. There are generally considered to be three degrees of inverted nipple severity. In the first level are nipples which are “shy” – meaning that they may be naturally in an inverted position but can easily be coaxed out with stimulation. In the second level are nipples in which it is more difficult to arouse the nipple out of the inversion, but not impossible. The third level includes nipples that are permanently inverted. Those with inverted nipples can have just one or both nipples be afflicted.

While having inverted nipples does not necessarily pose any health risks, it can sometimes make breastfeeding more challenging or hinder hygiene care. In most cases, particularly women, who seek out a reversal of inverted nipples, the desire comes from feeling self-conscious in intimate situations. The inverted nipple reversal procedure is fairly simple and does not generally damage the sensitivity of the nipple.

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Inverted nipples are those that are turned inward rather than outward. For many women, this can represent a significant cosmetic difference in their breast appearance, making them feel self-conscious and reluctant to undress in front of others. As with small breasts, sagging breasts, or asymmetrical breasts, women can have their inverted nipples corrected surgically.

Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon who specializes in all types of breast surgery procedures, including the correction of inverted nipples. Concerns over nipple size and placement can also be improved with nipple repair surgery.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on correcting inverted nipples, including prices.

About Inverted Nipple Surgery

Most inverted nipples, like overly prominent nipples, are genetic, so if your mother or either grandmother had inverted nipples, it’s likely you may have them, too. However, inverted nipples can also be caused by a number of conditions that affect the breast behind the nipple:

  • Mammary duct infection
  • Injury to the breast
  • Breastfeeding
  • Breast diseases, including mastitis, breast abscesses or breast cancer

The degree of inversion of nipples has been classified into three major categories:

  • Grade 1 nipples are typically inverted, but evert (emerge) readily in response to stimulation such as touch or cold temperature, and can remain everted for as long as stimulation lasts. These are often referred to as “shy nipples.”
  • Grade 2 nipples are harder to evert than Grade 1 nipples, and once everted, they invert again almost immediately.
  • Grade 3 nipples cannot be everted. Infections can result from difficulties with nipple hygiene for women with Grade 3 inverted nipples.

Surgical correction of inverted nipples can provide permanent cosmetic improvement of a woman’s breasts, making her feel more comfortable with her appearance. In most cases, nipple inversion correction surgery does not greatly affect sensitivity of the nipple.

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Fixing inverted nipples will vary according to the degree of inversion. Grade 1 may not even require formal surgery and may benefit from external expansion devices supplemented with nipple stenting or piercing. In most instances of Grade 2, it is a relatively simple surgical procedure. During surgery, Dr. Placik will extract the nipple and make a small incision around the nipple’s base. Next, he’ll determine the cause of the inversion (whether shortened ducts, scar tissue, or other fibers). Once he has a clear understanding of the cause for inversion, Dr. Placik will either remove or manipulate fibers in a way that allows the nipple to remain pointing outward. Dr. Placik exercises great care in avoiding damage to the milk ducts but this may be unavoidable in some cases especially with Grade 3 nipples or for those requesting definitive correction. The sutures he puts in place dissolve within 2 weeks, leaving no visible scars.

Inverted Nipple Correction FAQ

Am I a candidate?

If you have inverted nipples on one or both sides and are in good general physical and mental health, you may be a candidate for nipple inversion correction. Both men and women can have inverted nipples. Although no exact numbers are known, as this condition often goes undiagnosed, current estimates of occurrence run between 2 to 10% of the population. Genetic the condition is.

What are inverted nipples?

Grade 3 nipples are severely so. Although inverted nipples do not present a health risk, they can cause cosmetic concerns to those affected. Women with Grade 3 inversions are also susceptible to infections due to difficulties maintaining proper hygiene.

Will inverted nipples interfere with breastfeeding?

Inverted nipples do not automatically mean that a woman is unable to breastfeed. A baby latches onto the breast around the nipple rather than on the nipple itself, and the resulting suction is typically sufficient to stimulate milk release, including eversion of the nipple in most cases. However, if the milk ducts are constricted behind the nipple, as is often the case if the inversion is due to injury or breast disease, breastfeeding may be impaired. If breastfeeding is an imperative goal, it may be best to defer surgical correction until completion of childbearing.

How much does correcting inverted nipples cost?

The cost for inverted nipple correction surgery varies depending on how involved the surgery is and whether additional procedures are being performed at the same time. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure even more affordable.

What do I need to know before choosing breast surgery?

Additionally, you should recognize that some women are still unable to breastfeed even after having their nipples surgically protracted.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about inverted nipple correction surgery, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.

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PRACTICE POLICY UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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