In some women the lactiferous breast ducts (milk ducts) are tethered to underlying breast tissues, resulting in varying degrees of nipple inversion. This occurs in 1–10% of the population and produces inverted or flat nipples. Many women are concerned about flat nipples and wish to have them addressed. Depending on the extent of the inversion, surgery is possible to release or transect the ducts, allowing the nipples to spring back into a natural position.
The incisions are made in the nipple and the ducts are meticulously released where possible and divided where indicated.
‘Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.’
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the surgery painful?
This procedure may be performed either with general anaesthetic or with sedation and administration of local anaesthetic.
When can I go back to work?
This is a day procedure and you will be able to go back to work the next day and resume all normal activities.
What is the main risk of this procedure?
Breastfeeding may be affected by this procedure. Permanent sensory changes to the nipple are uncommon. Scarring is minimized through strategic placement of surgical incisions.