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Nipple Correction

Inverted nipples is a painless condition that can have a negative impact on a person’s self-esteem and body image. Nipple inversion can occur in both men and women. For women, it can present extra challenges, as it can make breastfeeding more challenging or even impossible.


Candidates are women or men who have inverted nipples that they are wishing to fix.
Inverted nipples are generally caused by either the structure of the nipple or the surrounding skin and underlying tissue. In some instances, milk ducts and other tissues within the nipples can become shortened. Scar tissue can even cause inverted nipples.


During a consultation, your surgeon will be able to assess your nipples and let you know your level of inversion. This is based on a scale that ranges from 1 to 3. The first level is referred to as the “shy” nipple. In this case, the nipple may begin to protrude as a result of cold stimulation, but after a while goes back to being inverted. At level 2, the nipple will stay inverted at all times. Level 3, the most severe level, involves the nipple never protruding at all as a result of severe scarring or tissue constriction.
For levels 1 and 2, often non-surgical options can offer a temporary solution. Suction devices can be used, which provide pressure and cause the nipple to protrude. However, this is not permanent and does not adjust the structural internal problem which is causing the inversion. For a permanent solution, surgery is the best option.
What can I expect during surgery?
Some people may be hesitant to undergo surgery, particularly those that are planning on having children and breastfeeding. However, newer surgical techniques work to preserve milk ducts, rather than severing them. Our surgical techniques address the fibres surrounding the nipple which is causing the inversion. These fibres are stretched and spread. This method is completed by having the nipple in a protruded position and making a small incision within the areola. After this is completed, dissolving sutures will be placed under the skin, which will hold the nipple in the new projected position. Next, a protective device is placed over the nipple which stops them from retracting during the healing process.
The surgery is completed under a local anaesthetic and takes about one hour to complete.


The applied sutures will naturally dissolve within a few weeks. You will have a slight scar, however, this is generally not noticeable, as only a small incision is made. Furthermore, the surface colour and texture of the nipple help to hide the scar.
After the surgery, it is normal to experience some swelling and discomfort. You will be able to take pain medication to alleviate any symptoms.
The results will be visible immediately, with the results generally being permanent.


Can I have inverted nipple correction?

You will be an appropriate candidate if you have inverted nipples which you are wanting to correct. 
You will have to be at least 18 years old to have this procedure.

Can I breastfeed after having surgery?

If you are planning to have more children and breastfeed following inverted nipple correction, it is important to raise this with your surgeon during the consultation. This will allow the surgeon to use the correct method during surgery which will ensure the milk ducts are preserved.

Will the surgery hurt?

Prior to your surgery, you will be given a local anaesthetic. This means you will still be awake during the procedure, but you will not feel any discomfort. You may feel slight discomfort following the procedure. You may wish to take pain medication to help with any symptoms. 

Will I have to stay overnight?

You will be able to return home on the same day as your procedure once the effects of the local anaesthetic have worn off.

What will the recovery period be like?

Compared to other breast and nipple procedures, inverted nipple correction has a relatively quick recovery period. You will experience some minor discomfort, bruising and swelling in the days after the procedure. You may wish to take medication to help alleviate this. You should avoid sleeping on your front, make sure you sleep on your side or preferably on your back. 

When can I start exercising?

You should avoid any vigorous exercise for at least three weeks.


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