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Why is my nipple now inverted, it wasn't that way before breast reduction surgery?
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Dr. Bauback Safa
Surgery - Plastics
9 doctors agree
In brief: Most likely scarring
Nipple inversion after breast surgery is usually due to scarring which retracts and leads to inversion.
With breast reduction, this can also be caused by fat necrosis. The correction involves releasing tethering fibers or shortened ducts. As always, i also recommend regular breast exams as inversion may also be caused by malignancy, but post-operative inversion is almost always due scarring.

In brief: Most likely scarring
Nipple inversion after breast surgery is usually due to scarring which retracts and leads to inversion.
With breast reduction, this can also be caused by fat necrosis. The correction involves releasing tethering fibers or shortened ducts. As always, i also recommend regular breast exams as inversion may also be caused by malignancy, but post-operative inversion is almost always due scarring.
Dr. Bauback Safa
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
If you recently had your surgery, this may be due to swelling and may return to normal.
Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Scarring
Scarring causing traction on the nipple ducts and subsequent inversion or retraction of the nipple is most likely responsible.
As the scar matures this may relax.

In brief: Scarring
Scarring causing traction on the nipple ducts and subsequent inversion or retraction of the nipple is most likely responsible.
As the scar matures this may relax.
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Barry Rosen
When this occurs as a new finding in the absence of prior breast surgery, we often are concerned about an underlying breast cancer drawing the nipple in. This finding mandates a physician evaluation and mammogram if spontaneous.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Scarring
Nipple inversion occurs sometimes after breast reduction or breast lift surgery.
It is likely a result of scarring that has taken place as you healed. If a year has passed since your surgery, it is very possible to perform a minor procedure to release the scar tissue and correct the inversion.

In brief: Scarring
Nipple inversion occurs sometimes after breast reduction or breast lift surgery.
It is likely a result of scarring that has taken place as you healed. If a year has passed since your surgery, it is very possible to perform a minor procedure to release the scar tissue and correct the inversion.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Eric Chang
Surgery - Plastics
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In brief: Not uncommon
Nipples can definitely change after breast reduction surgery.
Often the nipple needs to be repositioned for a more youthful appearance. Flat nipples can become inverted. Protruberant nipples can lose their height. See your doctor and discuss whether something can be done to revise this.

In brief: Not uncommon
Nipples can definitely change after breast reduction surgery.
Often the nipple needs to be repositioned for a more youthful appearance. Flat nipples can become inverted. Protruberant nipples can lose their height. See your doctor and discuss whether something can be done to revise this.
Dr. Eric Chang
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Loss of volume
In addition to scarring, sometimes there is not enough support of the breast tissue (bottoming out) or not enough volume left in the right places.
Newer techniques that leave nipple attached to tissue in the upper or medial side of the breast tend to have this less often.

In brief: Loss of volume
In addition to scarring, sometimes there is not enough support of the breast tissue (bottoming out) or not enough volume left in the right places.
Newer techniques that leave nipple attached to tissue in the upper or medial side of the breast tend to have this less often.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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