If you choose surgery to correct your nipple inversion, you can undergo this in the comfort of office based surgery. The surgery is performed under local anesthesia and if you chose you may take some oral medication to relax you.
Depending on the degree of nipple inversion different techniques can be applied.
In less severe cases the procedure can involve making a tiny incision and placing sutures using a “purse string” technique that will contract around the base of the nipple and cause it to protrude. As you heal, the scar tissue will also contract around the base of the nipple, further increasing the protrusion of your nipple. This surgery leaves some of your milk ducts attached, which will increase the chance to both preserve your ability to breastfeed, as well as to maintain sensation in your nipples.
In more severe cases a small incision around the base of your nipple has to be made and the attaching fibers and milk ducts have to be cut in order to allow the nipple to protrude as it should.
The goal of each technique is to restore the nipple to its natural position, which will enhance the appearance of not only your nipple, but your entire breast.