Inverted Nipple Repair – Are Inverted Nipples Ugly?

Inverted nipples are quite simply a nipple that points in instead of out. Although naturally occurring in about 10 percent of the population, most people consider it unattractive and tend to demonstrate a strong desire to have it corrected.

Inverted nipples are found in both men and women and not always to the same degree. Some people will have an erect nipple when stimulated, others will not. You can have one nipple that is normal and the other that is inverted. Inverted nipples do self correct during pregnancy on occasion or with changes in weight and breast size ( the opposite can happen as well).

One major concern for women with this condition is the issue of breastfeeding. Common concerns like, what will the baby suckle, or latch onto are common and valid questions. The good news is this fear is totally unwarranted except that mothers with this condition tend to give up on breastfeeding easier and revert to formula, a less natural option.

The truth about breastfeeding with an inverted nipple is that babys do not actually attach themselves to the nipple, but to the areola, the larger surrounding area. If the baby were to just feed on the nipple itself it would be a very painful experience. Rest assured that with proper feeding techniques the baby will get the milk exactly the same as latching onto a regular nipple.

Some mothers will use a breast pump to help draw out the nipple prior to breastfeeding. Nipple stimulation like sucking by the partner during sex may also help to pull the nipple into the regular position.

What causes inverted nipples?

This list will detail the most common causes

  • Hereditary, you are born with it
  • Scaring during a surgery (breast augmentation etc)
  • Breasts which droop or sag noticeably may cause it
  • Pregnancy can cause nipples to invert.
  • Sudden weight gain or loss

How are inverted nipples corrected?

This list will detail the most common nipple repair options

  • Plastic Surgery, this is the most common nipple repair method
  • Piercing, the nipple is pierced and a wide hoop or stud is used to hold the nipple in an out position.
  • Excessive stimulation. the nipple is coaxed out into the out position several times daily.
  • Home nipple protraction, basically a syringe that is used to pull the nipple out.

In short if you have inverted nipples you have several options and none are necessary expect if you feel this is an undesirable condition. The majority of nipple repair surgeries are just considered as vanity surgeries and are not covered by insurance companies.

If you plan to breastfeed in the future, it is best to avoid the plastic surgery repair option until you have had your children as it can have an affect on your ability to breastfeed.

Source by Betty Betters

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