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Correction of Inverted Nipple

Correction of Inverted Nipple
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An inverted nipple correction is a cosmetic surgery procedure aimed at releasing an inverted nipple to achieve normal projection and to improve the overall aesthetic appearance of the nipple and breast. An inverted nipple is a fairly common occurrence; some people are born with it while some have it as a result of breast cancer or reconstruction surgery. Nipple inversion correction is dependent on the grade of inversion; however it is an outpatient procedure and in most cases takes only 10- 20 minutes and the patient can return to normal activities immediately within a week.


Correction of inverted nipples depends upon the degree of retraction.

  • An inverted nipple correction surgery is performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient. An incision is made at the base of the nipple and then the surgeon, based on the grade of inversion releases the tissue or shortened milk ducts. The incision is sutured and a small dressing is placed on the nipple.
  • Surgery for correction of an inverted nipple may hinder breast feeding; therefore if you are planning on having children in the future, discuss the risks and nipple inversion correction surgery options with our surgeons.
  • Recovery from an inverted nipple surgery is subjective however most patients can return to work and regular activities within a week after the surgery.
  • Nipple inversion correction surgery is not very painful but you are likely to experience soreness for about three days after the procedure; this can easily be addressed with pain killers.
  • You may also have pain, swelling and sensitivity in the nipple area which could last for up to two weeks.

Your surgeon will give you specific recovery instruction but typical post operative care includes;

  • Wait for a day after the surgery to shower.
  • Rest for the first week.
  • Avoid strenuous activities for about 4 weeks

Decision to have an inverted nipple correction surgery is usually made for aesthetic reasons.

you would be suitable for such a surgery if

  • You have grade 1, 2 or 3 nipple inversion
  • You are in reasonably good health
  • You are above the age of 18

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Frequently Asked questions

What causes nipple inversion?

Most people with nipple inversion are born with it. The ducts with the breast are shorter than usual and pull the nipple inwards. Nipple inversion can also be caused due to breast cancer or as a result of reconstruction surgery.

How long do I have to be in the hospital?

Patient may go home the same day of the surgery.

When can resume work?

You can get back to your work within a week after surgery.

What are the risks?

As with any surgery risks of nipple inversion correction surgery include re-inversion, infection, tissue injury and bleeding.
In rare cases there might be permanent pigment changes or slightly mismatched nipples.
The ability to breast feed after inverted nipple correction surgery may be hindered.

What is the surgery time?

The actual procedure lasts about 10- 20 minutes.

Will I have visible scars due to the surgery?

Yes, there might be visible scars however these will fade to a great extent with time.

How much does the procedure cost?

You surgeon will be able to give you an estimate after examining your general health, and the grade of inversion.

Can I get nipple correction done along with other breast surgeries?

Yes, you can get an inverted nipple correction done when undergoing a breast lift or breast enhancement surgery.