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Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipple

We’re all proud owners of a pair of nipples, which vary in size and shape from person to person. Some people have nipples that are prominent enough to hang your coat on, while others have what medical professionals call “shy” nipples, which can be pulled inwards, but at other times protrude, in cold temperatures such as cold water, or as a result of massage or stimulation. However, true inverted nipples are usually present from birth and refuse to make an appearance, no matter how icy the weather or enthusiastic the massage. Men and women who have always been this way might feel self-conscious about their nipples (and women might be concerned about breastfeeding), but it isn’t usually anything to worry about. However, if you have a nipple that suddenly becomes inverted it’s important to get it checked out by your GP immediately, as it could be a sign of an underlying cancer.

Watch the Live from the Clinic interactive case video on inverted nipples >

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Hi am 21 and I have inverted nipples and it's embarrassing I don't show them to nobody. Please can you help me





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I have inverted nipples. I am 17 yo and I am conscious about going to the doctor or telling my mum as I am embarrassed. Can someone help please. What can be done to make them 'normal'??





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You can try things to correct them, but in the end, nothing will make them look like models in magazines. I just look at it this way: 'I won't have them for long, I'l be trading what I have for falsies as I have BRCA1 gene. Do what makes YOU feel confident and good about yourself. Men love a woman comfortable in her own skin.

You can try things to correct them, but in the end, nothing will make them look like models in magazines. I just look at it this way: 'I won't have them for long, I'l be trading what I have for falsies as I have BRCA1 gene. Do what makes YOU feel confident and good about yourself. Men love a woman comfortable in her own skin.

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I Have had breast enlargment and I have invertef nipples from birth. I would like toknow if I can use a suction pump for my nipples.





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You can, but the process can be painful. I have even heard of women getting piercings to stop their "shyness". If your girls are able to come out to play, you really shouldn't be burdened feeling your not attractive. You could get surgery, but it is costly and from experience from a previous op, I can honestly say, you may lose almost all sensation and feeling in that region. I had my op in 2009 and 6 years on and I still have problems. It's up to you, either embrace it, or check out the possible side affects. Hope this helps. :-)

I noticed about 6 months ago that one of my nipples had turned inverted, I thought it would just go back to normal but it didn’t and I started to get quite insecure about it. About a couple months ago I did a lot of research online about who to go to as I was worried about getting surgery.. I didn’t want to go to just any clinic! I came across www.aurora-clinics.co.uk and booked my consultation with them, they were so reassuring and really professional! Since then i've had my nipple corrected and it didn’t last any more than half an hour. I couldn't recommend aurora enough and they've given me so much more confidence. I would say if youre worried about getting it done, its totally worth it and it'll give you so much confidence. I hope this helps :)





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Did you have to pay to get it done and if so do you know how much?:)

hey ella, yeah I had to pay for it.. here is a link to the website that has all the costs. http://www.aurora-clinics.co.uk/breast-surgery/inverted-nipple-correction/cost/ hope this helps

I'm 17 years of age and have flat nipples, recently they have started to pop out a little, and my breath have been feeling quite sore. Is this normal?





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See a doctor now, it can be a sign of cancer sweetheart. It may not be but just seeing a GP to check

One of my nipples have become inverted since I have had my son is this normal?





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I've had inverted nipples since birth, i am now 16 coming up 17 and now that i have a boyfriend i feel too concious about showing him my nipples and i am embaressed to go to my gp, is there anyway to make them not inverted without surgery?





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im 15 and have iverted niples and i was wondering if theres any thing that can fix them and have normal niples .





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im 15 yrs. old i have inverted nipple to im just courios because my left side is inverted and the other side have a small nipple .. what should i do ??





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Hiya I'm 26 and I have two inverted nipples, is there anything I can do about it please? As I've very embrassed about them. Thanks





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