Inverted nipple

Inverted nipple is a condition in which the nipple begins to press towards the interior of the breast, change position and bend over on itself. It is a phenomenon that can affect one or both breasts and is different from so-called inverted nipple, a condition present at birth in which the nipple does not protrude on the surface of the breast, but is flattened at the level of the areola. Distinguishing these two types of nipple is simple: when it is inverted nipple may be forced to come out, for example with a massage or cold; on the contrary a retracted nipple cannot protrude on the surface even when stimulated.

The indentation of the nipple may be caused by aging, from mammary duct ectasia, to mastitis or breast cancer. In particular, the retracted nipples can be associated with tumor and are typically accompanied by loss of serum or blood from the nipple itself.


What kind of diseases can be associated with inverted nipple?

The following diseases may be associated with inverted nipple:

  • Breast cancer
  • Ductal ectasia
  • Mastitis

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence.


What is the therapy for inverted nipple?

The indentation of the nipple may require different treatments depending on its cause. If it is a simple aesthetic problem, it is possible to correct it with a surgical intervention. Specific causes may require a targeted therapy that varies from case to case.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of inverted nipple?

In case of inverted nipple, it is good to seek medical attention to determine the cause. The consultation with an expert should be especially timely in case of leakage of blood or serous.