“When your nipples stay hidden even in the freezing cold, they may be inverted.”
Common name – Inverted Nipple Repair.
Technical name/also known as – Inverted Nipple Repair.
Benefits of INVERTED NIPPLE REPAIR
This surgery is for women inverted nipples. Inverted nipples are present in about 1 in 10 women. This is caused by tight ducts within the breast limiting the projection of the nipple. It is most often congenital (born with this), but can be a sign of a problem (breast cancer) if it occurs later in life. Nipple inversion can be distressing to women who feel they do not look like everyone else. Aside from self consciousness, it can make breast feeding more difficult. Inverted nipple repair can correct this appearance, allowing for nipple projection. This can lead to improved self confidence. Patients are healthy individuals who do not wish to breast feed.
How it is done: HOW AN INVERTED NIPPLE REPAIR IS PERFORMED
This procedure cuts the short ducts attaching the nipple to the breast. The nipple is then sewn to itself to keep it projecting outward.
Nipple projection is the goal of this surgery, and this will make them more visible in clothing. For those with severe inversion, there is a chance that the nipple can invert again. A nipple pierce can help to keep the nipple everted. Eventually, it could be removed.
Who pays for this
This is a cosmetic procedure, paid for by the patient.
My Post-Operative Bra Suggestions
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What to expect
Length of operation
1 hour (depending on the extent of procedure).
Local anesthesia, you will be awake and talking.
In or out patient
Outpatient (in office).
Time until final appearance
3 to 6 months.
Length of results
Temporary swelling, bruising, and some pain commonly occur. Nipple sensation can change and become more sensitive or less sensitive.
Risks of procedure
All surgery carries risk. I recommend patients carefully weigh the benefits of having surgery against the potential risks which may arise. Risks include pain, bleeding, infection, damage to nearby structures, need for other procedures, recurrence of skin laxity, dissatisfaction with appearance, asymmetry, seroma, sensory changes including permanent loss of sensation, temporary or permanent changes in facial movement, wound healing delays requiring wound care, deep vein thrombosis, and pulmonary embolus. A complete list of risks will be discussed with you before surgery.
“I love when patients tell me their friends and coworkers ask if they’ve gone on vacation or lost weight—their results are seen as a natural improvement. They look like themselves, just better rested.”
– Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell
While we are under social distancing and shelter at-home instructions, I am offering virtual consultations for new patients interested in meeting with me.
You can do this from a computer (via an invitation) or a smartphone (via an invitation and the Google Meet app).
There are four parts to the consultation:
1. Arrange a consultation by phone or email,
2. Download the new patient forms. Click here.
After you fill them out, you can either fax or email them to me.
3. Once the consultation is arranged, a meeting invite will be sent to you with the link for the consultation. At our prearranged time, follow the link to our secure and private consultation.
There, you and I will have time to talk about your goals, medical history, and all about the procedure.
While the examination is limited to observation in two dimensions, I should be able to determine whether or not you are a candidate for surgery.
4. If you are indeed a surgical candidate, you will be contacted by Andrea, my patient coordinator, to get a surgical quote (or if insurance-based, your expected out of pocket costs), and an opportunity to hold a surgical date.
You will also be given a follow-up visit to confirm with your exam that you are a candidate and preoperative visit time for us to prepare you for surgery.
I hope to virtually see you soon!
Your Next Step!
Call or email us to schedule an appointment and find out if you are a suitable candidate for this procedure.
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Give our office a call Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, Friday 9am to 3pm.
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Before and After Gallery
When you come into the office for your appointment, you will be able to see more ‘before and after’ photos of this procedure including different options.
If healing proceeds as expected:
Rest at home (princess treatment) 2 weeks (no housework or exercise). Outsource housework a while you rest. Walk around the house, but do not work out. Rest with your head up and sleep with your neck extended (to avoid creasing) for the first two weeks.
Return to gentle exercise and household chores at two weeks, but no heavy lifting or strenuous activity for six weeks. May cover scars with makeup once scabs are gone. May resume work if it is sedentary. May color hair at three weeks after surgery.
Return to full activity 6 weeks after surgery.
Returning to Work
This depends on the type of work that you do. Many women can return to sedentary work at three to four weeks, though not everyone is ready to return to work by then. Surgery affects different people differently. If your work is more strenuous, six weeks off work may be needed.
Time until final appearance
3 to 4 months, depending on how swelling resolves
Length of results
Long lasting, but varies from patient to patient.
Smoking and Surgery
If you smoke, it is imperative that you quit six weeks both before and after surgery. To better understand why, please click this link:
if you color your hair, do so right before surgery as you will not be able to color your hair until three weeks following the procedure. Plan to bring a scarf with you to the hospital on the day of the procedure as well as dark glasses to camouflage your temporarily swollen appearance on leaving the hospital.
See what her patients have to say about their surgical experience.
Follow the link to read some of the many letters received by Dr. Danielle DeLuca-Pytell.
When you visit the office for your appointment, we will talk about the side effects and risks of this procedure.
You will have the chance to ask any questions you might have.
Don’t forget: it is your body! There is no such thing as a bad or silly question!