Inverted Nipples

Causes of Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipples can be a cause for distress for some women. In some cases, a woman’s nipples may be permanently inverted, whilst in others it depends on temperature and other factors. If a woman’s nipple becomes inverted, having previously been normal, it is important that investigations are carried out to ensure that there is not underlying serious cause. In most cases, it is due to shortening of the tubes (ducts) that lead from the breast tissue to the nipple.

The operation

In those with nipples that can be protruded with assistance, the simplest treatment is a special suction cup a Nipplette(R) which is worn for weeks or months to stretch the ducts. If this does not work, or in more severe cases, inverted nipples can be corrected surgically. A number of techniques exist, but Mr Nduka uses a virtually scarless method that can be performed under local anaesthetic as a day procedure (about 30 minutes). Potential risks include loss of sensitivity and an inability to breast feed.

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