Inverted Nipple Correction

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Vincent Van Gogh

Inverted nipples are a common source of concern and feeling self-conscious. The nipples are connected to the underlying breast tissue by means of tiny tubes called ducts. Nipple inversion occurs when these ducts are too short and pull the nipple inwards. It is important for the entire breast to be examined carefully for nipple inversion that occurs over a short period of time as it can sometimes be a sign of an underlying cancer.

Inverted nipple corrective surgery has a high success rate and it can improve confidence and self esteem.

Inverted Nipple Correction SURGERY – FACTS

Length of surgery30-60 minutes
AnaesthesiaGeneral or local anaesthetic
Hospital stayDay case
Risks/complications of surgery

Frequent: Bruising, swelling

Infrequent: Infection, bleeding (haematoma), delayed wound healing, nipple necrosis, asymmetry, scarring, inability to breastfeed, recurrence


2 -5 days until socialising with close friends and family
2-5 days until return to work and normal social engagements
4 weeks until swelling and bruising disappears
3-4 weeks until return to gym and other strenuous activities
3-6 months until final result

Driving1 day
Sleeping positionSleep on your back
Follow up1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months
Duration of resultsLong-lasting but recurrence possible


Inverted Nipple Correction

Any plastic surgery procedure is a very personal choice and understandably there are a number of questions that arise. This information sheet is a general guide for patients considering inverted nipple correction under the care of Dr Mackenzie. It should provide the answers to some questions that you may have.

Inverted nipples introduction

Inverted nipples are usually due to tighter than usual milk ducts leading from the nipple into the breast tissue, pulling the nipple inwards with them. Inverted nipples may be present on both sides or one side only. They usually develop during puberty. If you have had an inverted nipple since puberty, there is unlikely to be an underlying medical problem. However if it has happened more recently, you should see your GP straight away to check whether the condition needs further treatment.

An estimated 2-10% of women have at least one inverted nipple, and men have them too.It is fairly common and can often be temporarily corrected with manual stimulation. Some people prefer permanent correction with cosmetic surgery.

Many patients have reported feeling more self-confident about themselves and their bodies giving them the confidence boost they needed to live their lives to the fullest after having this procedure.

What are the limitations of an inverted nipple corrective surgery?

It is essential that you have realistic expectations about what the procedure can do for you. You will not usually be able to breastfeed following surgery to correct inverted nipples. If this is a problem for you, then you should not have surgery to correct inverted nipples or wait until your family is complete before undergoing the procedure.