About Nipple Repair
San Francisco plastic surgeon Dr. James Anthony specializes in cosmetic breast surgery, ranging from augmentation enhancements to corrective treatments. For women who have inverted nipples, Dr. Anthony performs nipple repair surgery to create a normal appearance. An inverted nipple is a condition in which the nipple is pulled inward, whereas a normal-positioned nipple points outward. The nipple can change shape due to breastfeeding, genetics, and hormones. The most common cause of inverted nipples is short ducts and other underlying issues, such as tethering tissues that pull the nipple inward. It is estimated that roughly 10% of women have at least one inverted nipple. Inverted nipple repair surgery can be performed to correct this issue and will vary, depending on the degree of the inversion. To learn more or to schedule your consultation, we invite you to call the plastic surgery office of Dr. James Anthony.
"Dr Anthony was recommended to me, and I've had more than one procedure at his clinic. At my initial consultation I felt at ease to ask a myriad of questions. He has a warm style, listens and works to understand each individual body and situation. His work is a skilled blend of art and science, and he recommends what is best for the patient, not what is trending. Each time I've been impressed with Dr Anthony's ability to minimize scars and hide them well. In preparation for surgery, what to expect on the day is explained in detail. I'm delighted with my results which look natural and have stood the test of time well. Dr Anthony's team is excellent - Ann, Jasmine and Megan are personal and caring."- M.B. / Yelp / Apr 19, 2019
"I would give 10 stars if I could. I have worked as a nurse in the aesthetics field for 15 years. I turned 60 in 2019 and decided to treat myself to a mini facelift and a minor nose tip revision. I was very, very lucky to be referred to Dr. James Anthony!! Although precise surgical expertise is important to me, Dr. Anthony had me at HELLO:) with his personality. He is kind, compassionate, excellent eye contact and listens to my concerns. My results are completely natural, even my friends, family, colleagues and even my own patients' say I look fresher but can't figure out what I have had done. Dr. Anthony suggested a couple of extra touches which made a huge difference to my neck bands. Thank you again for your highly experienced artistry! Yasmin at reception is always very pleasant and kind both in person and on the phone. Ann, Patient Coordinator, answers all my questions and listens to my needs. The OR staff is excellent! I had less than 1 week downtime over my Christmas holiday with minimal pain. Although, I now live in Los Angeles, I plan on returning to Dr. Anthony for an upper blepharoplasty procedure soon! Stay tuned for my before and after photos on Dr. James P. Anthony's Website."- C.C. / Yelp / Mar 03, 2020
"Dr. Anthony performed an upper and lower eyelid lift, nasolabial fold injections, neck thermage and abdominal liposuction for me (I figured as long as I was going to be under general anesthesia, I might as well get everything done at once). I am thrilled with the results. I was able to return to the office and start going out again within a week and a half of the surgery. Within two weeks, people started spontaneously telling me that I looked great -- so relaxed and well rested. It's been about five weeks since I had the procedures, and every day, I feel as if I look even better. Dr. Anthony strives to maintain a natural look -- no one would know I've had these procedures. In my initial consultation, he took his time explaining all of the options, potential risks, likely recovery time, and likely outcomes. After the consultation, he responded to my follow up questions by email, quickly and thoroughly. After the surgery, he checked in with me by phone and by email. His staff is excellent and also a great source of information about the procedures Dr. Anthony performs. I highly recommend him to anyone considering plastic surgery."- C.L. / Yelp / Feb 08, 2020
"Dr. Anthony is a highly skilled and very experienced surgeon. His work is impeccable and results exceed expectations. I have seen Dr. Anthony for a number of procedures including breast lift and augmentation, liposuction, upper eyelid lift and neck lift. I've always been thrilled with my results and surprised at how quickly I heal with minimal discomfort and zero complications. The results are completely natural. Even people who have known me for 20 years have not noticed that I had my eyes done and a neck lift! The only comments people make are "you look great" or ask if I lost weight. Dr. Anthony is kind, patient and answers all questions and his staff is great - very helpful and friendly. I have 100% confidence in him."- C.H. / Yelp / Feb 01, 2020
"I recently had eye lid surgery with Dr. Anthony who had been highly recommended by a friend. Dr. Anthony did not disappoint! I was concerned about looking fake or changing the shape of my eyes but Dr. Anthony listened to my concerns and my eyes turned out perfect. What I love about Dr. Anthony is that he made me look younger but natural, I have seen the same result with my friends who have had procedures with Dr. Anthony. My procedure was painless, short and easy. The staff was friendly and professional and addressed all of my concerns. Dr. Anthony has a great bedside manner, is an excellent surgeon and I will go back for more procedures as needed. A+"- E.M. / Yelp / Dec 03, 2019
Many women can get an inverted nipple from breastfeeding. Regardless of the underlying cause, if you have an inverted nipple and nipple stimulation and other suction techniques have not been successful in getting the nipple to protrude outwards, surgery may be recommended. You would be considered a good candidate for inverted nipple correction surgery if you are in overall good health and are past childbearing. Patients should also be at a stable weight. During your private consultation with Dr. Anthony, he will discuss the following:
- The degree of nipple inversion
- The likely effect the inversion has on breastfeeding
- The best solution to correct the inverted nipple
- Surgical techniques to consider
Nipple inversion surgery is an outpatient procedure and in most cases, a relatively simple treatment that can be performed without the need for general anesthesia. Dr. Anthony generally uses a numbing agent that can withstand the duration of the surgery that allows him to perform the treatment without any discomfort to the patient. A retraction suture is then inserted and used to pull the nipple out to its full length. To do this, a tiny incision is made at the inferior side of the nipple. Because the nipple is a very sensitive area of the breast, Dr. Anthony carefully retracts the milk ducts one at a time. Once this process has been completed, the incision is then closed and dressed. Nipple inversion surgery usually takes about an hour.
What to Expect
After nipple inversion surgery, most patients are able to drive themselves home. If the surgical case is more complex and a different type of sedation was required, the patient would need to make sure plans have been made for transportation. Once released, most patients are able to return to normal activities with little to no discomfort. Typically, you can return to work the following day. The nipple may be sensitive or sore for a few days. Optimal results may take several months as the nipples settle into their new position over time.
Frequently Asked Questions
Could an inverted nipple mean breast cancer?
In the majority of cases, an inverted nipple does not mean you have breast cancer. If you have an inverted nipple with other symptoms, it is important to have an exam to rule out anything serious. Some women have normally flat nipples and others develop an inverted nipple due to certain events, such as pregnancy or nursing. A normal inverted nipple should not have any accompanying symptoms.
Am I able to breastfeed after a nipple repair surgery?
Nipple correction surgery is usually recommended for women who have completed childbearing. During a nipple inversion surgery, the milk ducts are altered to correct nipple projection and size. During surgery, while the milk ducts are usually conserved, it is still recommended to hold off on having this surgery until after all pregnancies so that the results are not impacted. In rare cases, breastfeeding may no longer be possible after this type of surgery.
Will I lose nipple sensation after an inverted nipple repair?
The important sensory nerves that give the nipples their sensation are generally located deeper in the breast than the required incisions for the surgery. Therefore, physical sensation is typically spared after an inverted nipple repair.
Can I have a nipple repair at the same time as a breast lift or breast augmentation?
Yes. It is common to address any nipple irregularities, such as an inverted nipple, in conjunction with cosmetic breast surgery, such as breast augmentation or a breast lift. For women who only want their nipple addressed, a nipple inversion can be performed solely in our plastic surgery office without the need for general anesthesia.
Do you feel self-conscious about the look of your nipples? If you have inverted nipples and are looking for a solution to repair them and attain a natural look, we invite you to call the San Francisco plastic surgery center of Dr. James Anthony. During your consultation, discover how nipple correction surgery can dramatically improve your appearance. Dr. Anthony can sit with you to discuss your concerns and cosmetic goals to create a personalized treatment plan just for you.