An inverted nipple (retracted nipple) may be a congenital condition or may be triggered by a cold stimulus. This can create an aesthetic problem and cause physical discomfort.
The operation is performed in an outpatient setting, under a local anaesthetic.
The fibres that are responsible for the retraction are severed by making a small incision in the nipple area. This enables the nipple to be pulled out. The small resulting scar is barely noticeable after a while. Absorbable sutures are used so there is no need to have any stitches removed.
Reduced sensation in the nipple area is usually only temporary. Swelling and discolouration caused by bruising normally subside after 1 to 2 weeks. In most cases breastfeeding is no longer possible after the operation.