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Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon and active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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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.