Northeastern Society of Plastic SurgeonsMinimally Invasive Correction of Inverted Nipples A Safe and Simple Technique for Reliable, Sustainable ProjectionKolker, Adam R. MD; Torina, Philip J. MDAuthor Information From the Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY. Received February 2, 2009 and accepted for publication, after revision, February 4, 2009. Presented at the 25th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Philadelphia, PA, October 2008. Reprints: Adam R. Kolker, MD, 710 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10021. E-mail: [email protected]. Annals of Plastic Surgery: May 2009 - Volume 62 - Issue 5 - p 549-553 doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e31819fb190 Buy Metrics Abstract Numerous techniques have been described for the correction of inverted nipples; their diversity supports the lack of a consistently reliable method. Dermoglandular flaps, open suture, and suction techniques have all been described to combat the “corrected” nipple's propensity to collapse. We present a minimally invasive parenchymal release and percutaneous suture technique that provides sustainable long-term correction of inverted nipples. Thirty-one patients with 58 inverted nipples were treated. The technique, performed under local anesthesia, employs lysis of the foreshortened subareolar fibro-ductal tissue to achieve resting eversion of the nipple using an 18-gauge needle. Through the same needle-access site, a purse-string suture is then placed, exiting the areolar skin and re-entering through the same stitch point every 3 to 5 mm around the circumference of the new nipple-base. An absorbable suture closes the access site over the knot, and 2 crossed absorbable mattress sutures are placed beneath the nipple to complete the correction. Of 27 patients with bilateral and 4 with unilateral, nipple inversion, durable correction was achieved in 1 procedure in 45 of 58 nipples (78%). There were 13 recurrences, of which 11 (19%) were successfully treated under local anesthesia with a second purse-string suture, and 2 (3%) required a third procedure under local anesthesia. There were no late reinversions. There were no cases of infection, nipple ischemia, or other complications. Occasional recurrences are corrected very simply under local anesthesia. Percutaneous release of nipple inversion followed by purse-string suture support performed through “needle-only” access points is a simple, safe, and reliable technique, and should be considered for the correction of inverted nipples. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.