Inverted nipples may be caused by shortened connective tissue or milk ducts that pull the nipple inward instead of allowing it to protrude. This typically congenital condition may affect one or both nipples, in women and men. Nipples can be inverted to various degrees, which include:
- Completely flat
- A slit-like depression
- A hole at the normal nipple location
Having an inverted nipple is more than just a cosmetic problem for women because it may inhibit the ability to breastfeed or enjoy stimulation. Though generally not a serious medical condition, many people want to repair the nipple for aesthetic reasons.
During nipple correction surgery, Dr. Cambeiro makes a small incision in the areola and releases the fibers that cause the nipple to pull inward. The simple, minimally invasive procedure may be performed using a local anesthetic and usually takes less than an hour.
Women and men who are unhappy with the size or shape of their areolas may choose to undergo areola reduction. Areolas may become enlarged for various reasons, including:
- Genetic predisposition
- Losing weight while having large breasts
- Breast enlargement
During areola reduction surgery at our Las Vegas practice, Dr. Cambeiro removes some of the pigmented areola, either by an incision around the outside of the areola or by an incision around the base of the nipple. The reduction may result in a slight breast lift and may also produce irregularities at the incision line if the reduction was significant.
Enlarged or elongated nipples can cause self-consciousness in both women and men, with and without clothing. Reasons for enlarged nipples include: