Though a common condition, many people with an inverted nipple may not know that there are treatment options. At Leva Medical, with offices in the Elmhurst neighborhood of Queens in New York City, Jean-Paul Leva DO, is a skilled cosmetic surgeon who provides treatment for people with an inverted nipple. Call the office or request an appointment online to discuss your inverted nipple treatment options.
An inverted nipple points inward and into the breast instead of out. The inversion may affect one (unilateral) or both breasts (bilateral). In most cases, an inverted nipple is congenital, meaning you’re born with it.
However, you can develop an inverted nipple over time. Though usually harmless, if you unexpectedly develop an inverted nipple, you should schedule a consultation with your primary care provider. A sudden nipple inversion can be a sign of an underlying medical issue, such as an infection or injury.
When evaluating an inverted nipple, health care providers use a grading system based on the severity of the inversion. The grading types include:
If you have a grade 1 inverted nipple, you can pull the nipple out, and it will remain out for a few minutes before retracting.
For a grade 2 inverted nipple, you can pull the nipple out, but it retracts when you let it go. Most people with an inverted nipple have a grade 2 inversion.
If you have an inverted nipple you can’t pull out at all, you have a grade 3 inversion.
Treatment for an inverted nipple depends on the severity of your condition. The cosmetic surgeons at Leva Medical review your treatment options after a consultation. They provide care for both unilateral and bilateral inverted nipples.
Treatment options include:
Nipple eversion devices
Nipple eversion devices are nonsurgical treatments that use a syringe or suction cup to pull on the nipple, forcing it outward.
Surgery is the most common treatment for inverted nipples. The Leva Medical experts specialize in many breast procedures, including breast augmentation, reduction, and inverted nipple correction.
They also specialize in cosmetic procedures for people of color (POC), including Latin and Hispanic individuals, developing plans that take your unique ethnicity into consideration.
Your cosmetic surgeon at Leva Medical customizes your inverted nipple surgery based on the severity of your inversion, the underlying cause, and whether it involves one or both breasts.
In most cases, surgical correction for an inverted nipple is a minimally invasive procedure. Your surgeon makes tiny incisions around the base of your nipple, untethers the tissue pulling the nipple inward, and then stitches the nipple into an aesthetically pleasing position.
To schedule your surgical consultation for an inverted nipple at Leva Medical, call the office or request an appointment online today.