Inverted nipples are in most cases congenital malformations of the breasts. But, scarring, infections and inflammations may also cause an inversion of the nipples. "Retracted nipple", as they are also referred to, can be easily operated: Dr. Colette Carmen Camenisch releases the lactiferous ducts surgically and pulls out the nipples.
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Some women present nipples which appear sunken in, instead of protruding out. These nipples are referred to as "inverted nipples, "retracted nipples", or "invaginated nipples".
Infections and inflammations (mastitis), as well as other diseases, or radiation therapy may also cause an inversion of the nipples. Inverted nipples may impair lactation, but otherwise, they do not cause any medical problems. Yet, many women, who suffer from this condition, find them aesthetically unpleasant.
With a corrective surgery of the inverted nipples, Dr. Colette Carmen Camenisch releases the retracted connective tissues which are responsible for pulling inwards the nipples. Subsequently, she pulls out the nipples. The results are natural protruding nipples.
The cause of inverted nipples is the formation of shortened lactiferous ducts. If they are so short that they retract inwards the nipple, the woman will present retracted nipples. In a nipple corrective surgery, Dr. Colette Carmen Camenisch releases the lactiferous ducts and the nipple are free to protrude outwards.
It may also be possible that only one breast presents such an inverted nipple formation. Sometimes, the nipple inversion may be more or less pronounced on the right or the left side.
Should one or both sides be corrected: 30 to 45 minutes.
Dr. Colette Carmen Camenisch performs the corrective surgery for inverted nipples at Clinic Beethovenstrasse AG in Zurich as an ambulatory procedure (day-surgery clinic). You will be sent home on the same day.
General anesthesia or local analgesia (local anesthesia)
1 to 2 days
An inverted nipple surgery may cause local infections, circulatory disorders, postoperative hemorrhages, visible scars, and a new inversion of the nipples (relapse). Once the lactiferous ducts are cut, breastfeeding is no longer possible.
To avoid a new inversion of the nipples after the surgery, Dr. Colette Carmen Camenisch will apply a special bandage. You will have to keep it for 2 weeks. During this time, you are not allowed to practice sports.
The price is inclusive of all services, such as the consultation, the surgery, the anesthesia, the medications, the hospitalization, the follow-up controls, and all potential corrective surgical procedures. In some (very rare) cases, the insurance may cover the costs of the procedure.
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