Plastic Surgeon in San Francisco Highlights Solution for Inverted Nipples
Dr. Karen Horton reveals the common cause of inverted nipples and touches on a viable treatment option for women experiencing the condition.
San Francisco, CA — Though they are normal and often occur naturally, inverted nipples can be the source of self-consciousness and even embarrassment for many women, says San Francisco Plastic Surgeon Karen Horton, MD. In an effort to help those who are bothered by the appearance of this condition, Dr. Horton offers a nipple surgery procedure specifically designed to correct inverted nipples. She notes that this operation – which is commonly referred to as inverted nipple correction or repair – has not only helped restore a more desired nipple projection for many patients, but it has also dramatically aided in the improvement of their overall self-confidence and esteem.
According to Dr. Horton, one of the most common causes of inverted nipples is congenital development, although infection of the nipple following a piercing or breast surgery can also lead to the condition. When congenital development is the cause, tight bands running from the surface of the breast tissue to the nipple pull the nipple inward, which ultimately creates the inversion. While this can be limited to one nipple for some women, others can experience the same or varying degrees of inversion on both nipples.
At her practice, Dr. Horton says the inverted nipple correction procedure involves cutting of the aforementioned constricting bands one at a time until the desired projection is achieved for the nipple. Following surgery, a specialized stitch and customized splint are then used to protect and support the nipple as it heals. The San Francisco Plastic Surgeon also notes that any potential scarring is generally concealed in the undersurface of the nipple, and non-strenuous work can often be resumed after about one to two days.
Though common concerns regarding inverted nipple repair include the chance for a recurrence of inversion as well as a decrease and/or loss of nipple sensation, Dr. Horton stresses that these possible side-effects are rare, and patients are consistently pleased with their results. Additionally, she notes that many women are still capable of breastfeeding after inverted nipple repair, but she often recommends they wait until they are done having kids to avoid any post-surgical complications. In fact, she says, inverted nipples can sometimes be corrected naturally by breastfeeding.
Ultimately, Dr. Horton seeks to inform and educate women about the many cosmetic options they have available to them, and by addressing both the benefits and risks associated with inverted nipple correction, she says she hopes to empower them to make the best decisions for their own bodies.
About Karen Horton, MD
Dr. Horton earned her medical degree from the University of Toronto and is board-certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. At her San Francisco practice, she offers an expansive range of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures spanning from breast augmentation and breast reconstruction, to tummy tuck surgery and the inclusive Mommy Makeover. In addition to being designated a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Horton is also an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and several other prestigious medical societies. She is available for interview upon request.
Dr. Karen M. Horton
2100 Webster St #506
San Francisco, CA 94115