What is an inverted nipple?
An inverted or flat nipple refers to nipples that lay flat or point inward oppose to outwards. It’s reported that around 10 – 20% of the population have inverted nipples. It’s a condition that can impact both men and women, and it’s likely that you are born with an inverted nipple. In some cases however someone can acquire an inverted nipple at a time in their life as a result of a number of different reasons or as a sign of an underlying health condition. Whilst inverted and flat nipples are completely harmless, some people might find that their confidence is knocked and they are unhappy with the appearance of them. An inverted nipple can also make breastfeeding for mothers difficult.
What causes nipple inversion?
For those that were born with inverted or flat nipples it’s likely that the milk ducts didn’t fully develop before birth. For others that acquire inverted nipples there are a few causes that could influence this happening including:
If you have noticed a sudden change in the appearance of your nipple or breast then you should always consultant with a medical professional and have the area examined. This will help rule out any potential medical concerns.
Treatments for inverted nipples
If you have flat or inverted nipples that you are unhappy with the appearance of then you might already be considering surgical procedures to help you address them. Here at Victoria House Clinic we offer unilateral and bilateral surgical procedures for nipple inversion here in our CQC registered clinic. All of our surgical procedures are carried out by our Consultant Surgeons; Mr George Filobbos and Mr Mohamed Maher. If you would like to find out more about our inverted nipple repair procedures then please do get in touch.