Breast abnormalities

Some women have asymmetrical breasts, i.e. unequal or unevenly shaped breasts, and in some cases, the nipples may also be malformed. A combined procedure is usually performed to remedy this – simultaneous breast augmentation or breast reduction in conjunction with breast lift surgery.

Inverted nipples

In some women the outward tip and normally slightly protruding part of the nipple does not extend outwards but is instead retracted. The nipple looks slightly drawn in. Inverted nipples of this kind cannot be drawn out even by physical stimulation. They are usually caused by the milk duct system being too short. One or both nipples may be affected.

Inverted nipples can be corrected by surgical intervention, if other non-surgical treatment methods prove ineffective. This kind of corrective procedure is particularly recommended if the malformation causes psychological problems or has an adverse effect on the woman’s self-esteem.

The relatively simple intervention is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anaesthetic. A corrective procedure of this kind will not normally be covered by health insurance, as it is considered aesthetic surgery. The ability to breastfeed is forfeited as a result of this operation and some loss of feeling also frequently occurs.

Facts and figures

Operation

Operation

45 minutes under local anaesthetic

 

Operation

In/outpatient

Outpatient

Post-operative treatment

Post-operative treatment

Bandage for approx. 10 days

Back to school or work

Back to school or work

After 1 week

Sport

Sport

Resume after 3 weeks

Ready to socialise

Ready to socialise

Immediately

Costs

Costs

CHF 5,000 to CHF 6,000