Inverted Nipple Correction

Inverted nipple is an irregularity in which a woman’s nipples point more inwards than outwards. It may be noticeable from childhood or develop over time and results from breast tissue that pinches the base of the nipple, limiting stretch and movement. The constriction may be caused by shortened milk ducts, a reduction in breast tissue (usually after pregnancy), or a combination of the two. Inverted nipples are not typically considered a health hazard, but they can be cosmetically embarrassing, reducing a woman’s quality of life in some situations. Fortunately, there are ways to correct this issue and create a nipple that points outwards once again.

Inverted nipples can be corrected with a minor surgical procedure performed at our clinic. This minor procedure is usually performed under local anaesthesia, although some patients prefer to be totally asleep under a general anaesthesia. In either case there is no pain during the procedure.

In this operation a tiny, 2 mm incision is placed along the edge of the nipple. The overly tight ducts, which are the cause of the inversion, are then gently released. This allows the nipple to immediately project normally.

After undergoing inverted nipple correction, patients can see the improvement right away. A single small absorbable stitch is then placed along the edge of the incision. The suture dissolves in about a week. The scar is usually invisible.

Every operation has risks and complications but these are all very rare with nipple correction surgery. Such risks include infection, bleeding, loss of sensation and inability to breastfeed.

Recovery following Inverted Nipple Correction is very simple. Patients can start showering the day following surgery. We ask that our inverted nipple correction patients gently wash the area with soap and water regularly and then apply an antibiotic ointment.

There may be minor oozing for a few days following surgery. Usually, patients require just a light pad inside the bra for a few days. Patients may return to work the following day but should take about 2 weeks before engaging in any vigorous exercise.