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Inverted nipples can profoundly impact a woman’s self-confidence in her appearance. This congenital condition occurs when the nipple is pulled inward instead of pointing outward. Short milk ducts can prevent nipples from having this natural outward appearance. The condition first becomes noticeable during puberty and can impact a woman’s ability to breastfeed. Inverted nipple correction surgery from Maia Plastic Surgery in Washington, DC, can resolve this issue for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

How Can an Inverted Nipple Be Fixed?

Inverted nipple correction surgery is designed to give a more outward projection for flat or deep-set nipples. This outpatient procedure at Maia Plastic Surgery in Washington, DC, takes an hour or less, using light sedation or local anesthesia. The plastic surgeon makes small incisions around the areola during the procedure to help release the tissue around the nipple. The nipple is then able to protrude outward naturally. Sutures are placed to help hold the nipple in position.

Patients can return home the same day and return to work the following day. You may experience some nipple soreness, bruising or swelling following the surgery. The plastic surgeon can address any pain management needs and give you specific instructions on caring for your incisions during recovery. Patients may need to avoid strenuous activity for the first two weeks. Complete healing can take up to a month.

Ideal Candidates for Inverted Nipple Correction Surgery

Ideal candidates are non-smokers in good health with inverted nipples who do not plan to breastfeed in the future. Breastfeeding may be possible, depending on the severity of the inversion. To be considered for inverted nipple correction surgery, a consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon is strongly recommended. The plastic surgeon will perform a comprehensive medical examination and explain the benefits and risks.

Washington, DC Inverted Nipple Correction You Can Trust

Inverted nipple correction surgery can be an ideal solution for women in Washington, DC, who feel self-conscious about their appearance. Dr. Maia is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic procedures of the breast, body and face for women. During a consultation, Dr. Maia can recommend the best treatment options to meet your aesthetic needs. Schedule a consultation today.

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Dr Maia and her staff were wonderful! I was super concerned in doing my procedure, but they walked me through every step. Had a really great experience with them❤️

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Dr Maia truly loves what she does. She is invested in making you the version of yourself you want to be. She listens attentively to what you want and makes relevant suggestions. She did not try to introduce anything unnecessary into my treatment plan. The results I achieved during my first treatment keeps me coming back. Her staff is excellent and works to accommodate your schedule. I have recommended Dr. Maia several times and each time I get the same positive feedback.

Karen D.

Selecting a surgeon: After having two children and weight fluctuations over the years I was left with complete loss of volume in my breasts. I had four consultations with other surgeons but after comparing their photos to Dr Maia’s and meeting her in person, I knew she was my doctor. We talked about my lifestyle - being a mom and a professional, I didn’t want to be too big, but I’m curvy so I didn’t want to go too small for my frame either. She let me try on sizes and once I selected she agreed it was a good fit for my frame. Post op recovery: I was a smoker and had quit prior to surgery but she was very honest and adamant in telling me how important it was that I did not smoke. (I honestly needed the lecture and the transparency about what could happen if I did start smoking before surgery and post-op.) Because I was formerly a pretty heavy smoker, it did cause some issues after surgery with wound closing and she was SO diligent and on top of it seeing me once and week and squeezing me in for appointments between surgeries and patients. She prescribed different things to address the would closure issues before they really became a problem. Being able to have text message access to the office was great when I had questions and she even accommodated my schedule when I couldn’t be seen in person to send progress photos so that she could check on me. 3 months post op: I’m so happy with the results of my surgery and am so glad I waited to find the right doctor. She’s an artist! They look natural, fit my body shape and they haven’t even fully “dropped and fluffed” yet. Would highly recommend… comparing her patient photos to other surgeons will end your search. I feel so much better in my body thanks to Dr Maia.

Justine A.

This is my second time at Dr. Maia’s office and I am so pleased with my experience here. The staff is so friendly and caring. Dr. Maia is the best Dr in the DMV area, she knows exactly what she is doing and you will be happy with the results! I am so glad I found her! I recommend anyone who’s looking for a very personable doctor to come and see her! Thank you Dr. Maia & staff!

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