Approximately two percent of the women present a sunken nipple. Sunken nipples are usually congenital.
The operation is performed under local anaesthesia and takes about an hour. If the sunken nipple is of a normal shape, the surgeon inserts, while the patient is under local anaesthesia, a ring under the nipple to force it to rise. If the sunken nipple is due to a malformation, the surgeon makes an incision at the level of the nipple and severs the lactiferous channels because it is they which are preventing the normal projection of the nipple.
Results and Postoperative Care
The patient can leave the clinic on the very day of the intervention. A dressing is applied for 24 hours and the stitches will be reabsorbed on their own.
Know more about it
- Two types of sunken nipples can arise. The first type of sunken nipple is actually a normal nipple tending to go inside the breast. This kind of sunken nipple is corrected during of a relatively simple intervention: the surgeon inserts a little ring under the skin in order to ensure a normal projection of the nipple. This intervention leaves no scar and does not prevent breastfeeding because it causes no damage to the lactiferous channels.
- The second type of sunken nipple comes from a malformed nipple. It is usually as from puberty that this kind of sunken nipple appears. It is also more difficult to correct. The surgeon indeed makes an incision at the level of the nipple and severs the lactiferous channels because it is they that are preventing the normal projection of the nipple. Breastfeeding is therefore usually compromised after such an intervention.