Aesthetic Plastic Surgery

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 116–119

Scar-Free Technique for Inverted-Nipple Correction

  • Kyung-Hee Min
  • Sung-Soo Park
  • Chan-Yeong Heo
  • Kyung-Won Minn
Innovative Techniques

DOI: 10.1007/s00266-009-9436-7

Cite this article as:
Min, KH., Park, SS., Heo, CY. et al. Aesth Plast Surg (2010) 34: 116. doi:10.1007/s00266-009-9436-7

Abstract

Background

Inverted nipples are associated with aesthetic, functional, and psychological problems. In moderate to severe cases, triangular areolar dermal flap-based methods can effectively correct the condition. A triangular areolar dermal flap supports the nipple base as a result of a hammock-like action and fills the dead space beneath the nipple. However, these flaps leave visible scars on or deform the areola.

Methods

The authors describe a new technique based on the use of two triangular flaps. Compared with other techniques that use triangular flaps, the described technique does not involve areolar skin. Instead, triangular dermal flaps are elevated under the areolar skin, which overcomes the visible scarring issue. The devised technique has been used to correct 87 inverted nipples of 46 patients at our institute.

Results

No complications or recurrences were encountered, and resulting scars were almost invisible. All patients were satisfied with their postoperative results.

Conclusion

The described technique is straightforward and reliable and does not leave visible scars on areolar skin. In particular, it has been found to be especially useful for treating moderately to severely inverted nipples.

Keywords

Inverted nipple Triangular flap Scar free technique 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC and International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kyung-Hee Min
    • 1
  • Sung-Soo Park
    • 2
  • Chan-Yeong Heo
    • 1
  • Kyung-Won Minn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Plastic and Reconstructive SurgerySeoul National University College of MedicineSeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Bong Bong Plastic Surgery ClinicGang Nam gu, SeoulRepublic of Korea

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