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Umbilical nipples

Inverted or retracted nipples can have an impact on the aesthetics of the breasts. Cosmetic surgery can correct this, restore confidence and improve well-being.

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Introduction to the umbilical nipple

Nipple surgery, in particular the correction of umbilicated or invaginated nipples, is attracting growing interest in the field of cosmetic surgery. This problem, although often benign, can have a significant impact on the aesthetics of the breasts and, in some cases, on functionality, particularly when it comes to breastfeeding.

What is an umbilicated nipple?

Umbilical nipples are also known as invaginated or inverted nipples. In concrete terms, the nipple is retracted inside the areola rather than being prominent. There are three stages of severity:

  • Stage 1: The nipples can be externalized by exposure to cold or stimulation, and remain externalized for a few moments.
  • Stage 2: The nipples can be externalized by manual traction, but retract almost instantly.
  • Stage 3: The nipples never emerge and require surgery.

Causes of inverted nipples vary and can include congenital factors, pregnancy-related changes, trauma, or even underlying medical conditions. Umbilical nipples can affect breastfeeding and cause psychological problems related to appearance.

Treatments and solutions for umbilicated nipples

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Breast surgery can correct umbilicated nipples, enabling patients to regain self-confidence and improve their well-being. It can also make breast-feeding easier for women who previously had difficulty with their nipples being in.

This procedure is generally performed under local anaesthetic or sedation. The incision is made at the base of the nipple, allowing the surgeon to release the deep adhesions that pull the nipple inwards. Once these adhesions have been loosened, the nipple returns to its normal position.

The skin is then carefully sutured, leaving a minimal scar. The procedure is fast and the results immediate. Choosing a qualified and experienced surgeon is crucial to the success of the operation.

The procedure

Pre-operative consultation

The initial consultation is a key step in the surgical process. It enables the surgeon to understand your needs and objectives and determine the best surgical approach. This consultation will include a physical examination, a review of your medical history and may require additional tests if necessary.

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Post-operative follow-up and care

The post-operative period requires careful monitoring and appropriate care. Sutures are generally absorbable, and a dressing must be maintained for a few days. Specific instructions on wound care, pain management and activities to avoid will be provided. Regular follow-up with the surgeon is essential to monitor healing and ensure optimal results.

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The cost of breast surgery

Umbilical nipples
1850 €
Information consultation
de 30 € à 70 €
All our prices are indicative and include VAT. The complete and precise estimate will be validated during the consultation with the surgeon.


What causes umbilicated nipples?

Invaginated nipples can be caused by too-short milk ducts, congenital malformations, trauma, infection or underlying conditions.

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Can umbilicated nipples cause breastfeeding problems?

Yes, in some cases, invaginated nipples can make breastfeeding difficult, as the baby may have difficulty grasping the nipple properly.

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Is surgery the only option for correcting umbilicated nipples?

No, there are non-surgical methods such as the Niplette method, which uses a suction device to help bring out the nipple. However, surgery offers a more permanent solution.

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Is umbilicated nipple surgery painful?

As with any surgical procedure, there may be some discomfort afterwards. However, pain is generally manageable with pain medication prescribed by the surgeon.

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How long does it take to recover from umbilical nipple surgery?

Most patients can return to their normal activities within a few days, although specific precautions must be taken to avoid pressure or trauma to the operated area.

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Can umbilicated nipples return after surgery?

It is rare but possible for invaginated nipples to return after surgery, particularly if the underlying cause is left untreated.

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Are there any risks associated with umbilical nipple surgery?

As with any surgery, there are risks such as infection, bleeding, abnormal scarring, and reactions to anesthesia. It is essential to discuss these risks with your surgeon.

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Does umbilical nipple surgery affect nipple sensation?

Nipple sensation may be temporarily impaired after surgery, but usually returns to normal over time.

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