Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a 21 year old female that has very small breasts and would like to consider breast augmentation but would like to know my options. I also have inverted nipples and wasn’t sure if your specific practice in Indiana was able to help with that also. I would love to receive some information.
A: With breast augmentation there are numerous options to consider with the procedure, all which revolve around the implant. Implant choices include what type (saline vs silicone), what size (they range from 150cc to 800cc in volume), and what projection. (low, medium, high) Despite a tremendous amount of information that is easily accessible on the internet, I find that most women I see for breast augmentation consults are either confused or misinformed on many of these important decision points. Much of this information and how it applies to any particular patient can only be finally sorted out in an actual consultation with a plastic surgeon.
It is not uncommon to see a patient for breast implants who has an inverted nipple. In some cases, some or all of the nipple inversion may come out with the ‘push’ of the breast implant from behind. In most cases, however, it will not and it will require surgical correction. This can conveniently be done at the time of the breast augmentation procedure.
Dr. Barry Eppley