For women with inverted nipples, it may be very difficult and also painful to nurse an infant. Tightened milk ducts actually pull the nipple inward causing it to appear flat or sunken. Women who have inverted nipples frequently have a very difficult time breastfeeding because the nipples are so flat the infant has a hard time drawing the milk from them. Some women manipulate their flat nipples prior to nursing and over a period of months before giving birth. Suction devices can be used or this can be done with the hands. But both of these techniques can be painful and often are not effective in helping the nipple protrude adequately for successful or comfortable breastfeeding.
During your consultation for surgery to correct inverted nipples, your plastic surgeon will explain how the procedure could affect breastfeeding for you. In some cases, breastfeeding becomes impossible because the milk ducts need to be detached. In other cases, the milk ducts will only be partially detached and breastfeeding will be possible. It's important to discuss your plans for breastfeeding with your plastic surgeon, and he or she will determine the most appropriate surgical procedure to realize your goals.
Generally, insurance does not cover the cost of inverted nipple surgery. It is advised that you check with your insurance carrier and discuss the possibility of insurance coverage with your plastic surgeon.
Surgery to correct inverted nipples usually takes about an hour, and you will be able to return home the same day.
The ability to breastfeed following corrective surgery for inverted nipples will depend on the type of procedure your plastic surgeon chooses is the best for you. It is important to discuss breastfeeding with your surgeon during your consultation.
Following your surgery to correct inverted nipples, you may have some tenderness around your nipples and as well as slight swelling for the first few days.
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