IAmA 20-something year old girl who just underwent surgery to correct inverted nipples. AMA
UPDATE 5/3/12 I got the caps off today, so here is a final picture. There are a few stitches still in that will dissolve over the next week. They already feel so much better, I'm so glad I did this. Thank you to everyone who had questions and offered support!
I am a female in my early twenties who was born with both nipples severely inverted. Yesterday I had surgery to correct them. Not sure if this is a topic of interest to anyone, but I had a pretty unique case. Not only were both inverted, but they came along with some terrible symptoms, and were not always received nicely by men. Ask away!
Edit: Before Pic After Pic There have been MANY requests for a clearer before pic. Doing this AMA was a spur of the moment idea when I was already post-op, so finding a good pre-op pic is difficult. The best I can do is this: I found a google image of what mine looked like. Basically, I had belly buttons on my boobs.
Edit 2: It was suggested I add this bit of information to my main post: I've read that about 10-20% of women are born this way. Usually, however, it is only on one breast. Mine is both. There is also a grading system 1, 2 and 3, with 3 being the worst. Mine were grade 3. This is taken from wiki: "Inverted nipple Grade 3 describes a severely inverted and retracted nipple which can rarely be pulled out physically and which requires surgery in order to be protracted. Milk ducts are often constricted and breast feeding is impossible. Women with Grade 3 inverted nipples may also struggle with infections, rashes, or problems with nipple hygiene. The fibrosis is remarkable and lactiferous ducts are short and severely retracted. The bulk of soft tissue is markedly insufficient in the nipple. Histologically, there are atrophic terminal duct lobular units and severe fibrosis."
Edit 3: The boyfriend stopped by after work to help with a dressing change. He took this closeup picture of my nipple inside of the cap (the gunky stuff is antibiotic ointment). The black stitch goes through my nipple, it is attached this way to prevent the nipple from reverting during the healing process. He has been quite the sport about me posting my breasts on reddit, so as per his request, this is the last photo I will be showing. Thank you for all of your kind words and amazing support!