What is inverted nipple correction?
Nipple inversion correction is surgery (usually) to lift out and hold out a nipple that tends to fall inwards or invert.
Who is suitable for inverted nipple correction?
If you are concerned by having inverted nipples, you may be suitable for a nipple inversion correction.
If you are soon after pregnancy or still breast feeding or plan to have more children in the future, it may not be the right time to have a inverted nipple surgery. If you smoke or have significant health problems, this will need to be assessed and you may be advised to wait or not to have inverted nipple correction surgery. If your nipple inversion is new and has other symptoms such as bleeding, pain, discharge or a lump, this may need to be looked into first before any nipple inversion surgery is carried out.
There are variations depending on your individual anatomy and goals. The standard surgery is done under local anaesthetic. Skin incisions are made at the base of your nipple to allow a nice reshaping and lift of your nipple. Your nipple is then lifted out and secured in the new position. Stitches are usually absorbable.
Inverted nipple correction can be done on its own or in combination with other procedures. Common combinations include breast augmentation and other breast procedures.
Duration of surgery
0.5 to 1 hour depending on the extent of surgery. If other procedures are planned at the same time, the overall surgery time is longer.
You will have a ‘dough-nut’ style dressing on your nipples for 4 weeks. Nipple inversion surgery is an outpatient procedure. You can shower with care after 48 hours but must keep the dressings dry and in place.
On average up to 1 week off work may be needed. No heavy lifting or strenuous activity is allowed for 6 weeks. Some forms of exercise can be restarted at 4 weeks. Most exercise is restarted at 6 weeks. Driving is not allowed until you are safe to perform an emergency stop.
Unfortunately, complications can occur after all surgery and you need to be aware of this. Ms Nugent will do her utmost to reduce your risk as much as she can. This includes the health and procedure advice she gives you before surgery, the care and precautions she takes during surgery and the advice she gives you after surgery. Some of the complications that can happen include slow healing, infection, bleeding, poor scarring, asymmetry, pain, numbness or sensitivity in the nipple, recurrence of nipple inversion, loss of nipple, inability to breast feed.
Most patients who undergo nipple inversion corrective surgery are very happy with their results. Success depends on being prepared for your surgery, choosing the right procedure, the surgery itself and recovering well. All steps in the journey are crucial!
Download the detailed information booklet on this page to read more and book a consultation to discuss your individual circumstances with Ms Nugent!