Inverted nipples are typically a congenital condition where the nipples appear flat or point inward. It is estimated that 10% to 20% of the world’s population has some degree of inverted nipples. Many people feel self-conscious about having inverted nipples and some wonder if they are indicative of a larger problem or will cause issues in the future. Let’s explore the question, “Can inverted nipples cause problems and should I have them repaired?”
The majority of inverted nipples do not hinder life at all. While it may make certain tasks such as breastfeeding slightly more difficult, it is generally manageable. Severely inverted nipples that never protrude may cause issues with breastfeeding. In this case, inverted nipple repair may be recommended.
Additionally, generally, inverted nipples do not indicate a larger health problem. The only exception is if they appear suddenly and for seemingly no reason. Outside of being born with inverted nipples, breastfeeding is another common cause. Typically, the nipples will eventually return to their original state. Other than these two causes, sudden inverted nipples may warrant a visit to a doctor.
As far as if you should have them repaired, the decision ultimately comes down to your preferences. Usually, if a patient is bothered by their inverted nipples, a quick and simple surgery can repair them. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 206-324-1120. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, or contact form.
Dr. Jonov is a cosmetic surgeon who specializes in plastic surgeries of the face, breast, and body at Seattle Plastic Surgery.