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My experience treating many women over the years with inverted nipples is that the associated adverse psychological effects of having this deformity should never be overestimated. Yes, many girls and women can and do deal with this variant quite well or as a matter of fact. Nevertheless, for girls reaching puberty and womanhood to then discover that one or both or their nipples are abnormal and don’t protrude like their friends, can be devastating. Not only do they become extremely self conscious about this deformity, their self-worth, confidence and sense of femininity plummets.

Many take elaborate precautions so others may not perceive or notice their defect. They wear wearing bulky, loose fitting clothes so the lack of nipple projection won’t be perceived; avoid taking showers in school in front of other women, and change their clothes only in absolute privacy. It can inhibit them from wanting or making themselves available to date. When it comes to intimacy, the impact and stresses can be almost unbearable.

Fortunately, the solution to this often psychological devastating problem of inverted nipples is quite simple and minor. The procedure involves the release of restraining, shortened ligaments and ducts that are preventing the nipple from protruding out. Surgery, which may take only a half an hour to treat both nipples, can be performed in the office under local anesthesia employing tiny incisions that leave essentially imperceptible scars. Pain and down time are minimal with most patients going back to school or work the next day.

Inverted nipple - before treatment

Inverted nipple surgically treated

If you are interested in obtaining additional information on the treatment of inverted nipples or other cosmetic breast surgery such as a breast augmentation or mastopexy or to schedule a consultation with me, you can contact my office at 480-451-3000.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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