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Inverted Nipple Correction

Correcting flat or inverted nipples is a quick and simple procedure which may be performed under local anaesthetic.

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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.
Last Reviewed May 17th 2022

Many people feel embarrassed about their inverted nipples or flat nipples, which can also result in a lack of confidence, leaving them feeling self-conscious and insecure about their bodies. Although it’s a subject that isn’t discussed as often as it should be, nipple corrections are not at all uncommon. Correcting inverted and flat nipples are a quick and simple procedure which may be performed under local anaesthetic.

What causes a flat or inverted nipple?

Nipple inversion causes include:

  • When the breast ducts are too short
  • Tightening of the duct’s tissue due to an imbalance in traction between them and the smooth muscle that keeps nipples erect.
  • Too much connective tissue in the nipple.

What are the three different grades of flat and inverted nipples?

  • Grade 1: The nipples occasionally become evert due to stimuli such as temperature or arousal and can be made to protrude and stay that way, by manipulating them with your fingers. Breastfeeding is usually possible in this case.
  • Grade 2: In this case they can also be made to protrude but won’t stay evert without finger pressure. Here breastfeeding can be problematic at times.
  • Grade 3: The nipples are completely retracted and cannot be pulled out even with physical manipulation. If your nipples are constricted you may not be able to breast feed.

Procedure Time
1 hour

Anaesthetic Type
Local Anaesthetic

Hospital Stay
Day case

Support Garments
Dressings

Washing
1 week

Driving
24 – 48 hours

Up & Mobile
Immediately

Sexual Activity
4 – 6 weeks

Back to work
2 – 3 days

Travel
6 weeks

Exercise
2 – 3 weeks

Full Recovery Time
6 weeks

Sleeping
Sleeping elevated on back for 6 weeks

Final Results
6 – 12 months

Where can I correct inverted or flat nipples?

The Private Clinic and our expert breast surgeons have been carrying out nipple correction procedures for decades and giving confidence back to many. Inverted and Falt Nipple Correction Surgery consultations are offered at our London, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire (virtual consultation only), NorthamptonManchester and Leeds clinics.

Read Mr Adrian Richards, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at The Private Clinic’s comments on nipple correction surgery here.

We also have procedures for Enlarged Nipple Reduction.

For further information such as FAQs, before and after photos and our expert Plastic surgeons see below.
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Before & After

Our Consultant Breast surgeons are experts in flat and inverted nipple correction procedures.
Take a look at the Before and After photos to see how we have helped change our patients’ lives.



What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of women placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert breast surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.

The Consultation

Inverted nipple correction consultations will take place with one of our expert plastic surgeons.
During this consultation, your surgeon will be able to assess your suitability for surgery and discuss the options available.
Your surgeon will then also:

  • Review your medical history
  • Discuss your expectations from surgery
  • Detail the risks and complications of Inverted Nipple surgery
  • Go through the aftercare and recovery process

You will then be allocated a dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to go ahead with the procedure.

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Pre-Operative Appointment

In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your inverted nipple consultation your medical history will be reviewed and the pre-operative nurse will choose which pre-operative tests you require.
They will also advise you of any precautions you need to take in the days or weeks leading up to your inverted nipple correction procedure and advise on any medication that you should stop taking ahead of your procedure.

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Inverted Nipple Correction Surgery

The procedure lasts approximately 30 minutes (15mins on each side) and is performed under local anaesthetic. Nipple Correction can also be performed in conjunction with other procedures such as Breast Augmentation or Breast Reduction.

You will be given an admission time to arrive at the hospital, this is usually an hour before your surgery start time.

Once admitted:

  • The nursing team will record your blood pressure and prep you for surgery.
  • You will meet with the surgeon who will go through the procedure again and answer any questions.
  • Pre-operative photos will be taken.

The Procedure:

  • Local anaesthetic will be administered to the areas being treated.
  • A small incision will be made at the base of the nipple.
  • If the inversion is mild to moderate, then the surgeon will look to stretch the milk ducts that are pulling the nipple inwards.
  • If your nipple inversion is more severe than your surgeon may choose to instead cut, or divide, the milk ducts.
  • Once the surgeon stretches or cuts the milk ducts, they will use stitches to secure the nipple in its new projected position
  • The incision is closed, and dressing applied to the nipple.
  • You will be taken to one of the recovery rooms.
  • Once the surgeon and nursing team are happy that you are safe you return home, you will be discharged and allowed to leave accompanied by a family member or friend.
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After your inverted nipple procedure

You will have been given details of how to contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should you have any worries or concerns during your recovery time.

We recommend that patients allow 2-3 days before returning to work following an inverted nipple procedure to allow any initial discomfort to subside. You will have been provided with all the post-op medication and instructions on how to take by your surgeon.
You will need to avoid exercise and strenuous activities for 2 weeks.
You will be required to attend a series of follow-up appointments at The Private Clinic which include a 1-week check-up appointment with a nurse and then your 6-week post-operative appointment with your surgeon. At this stage you should be back to your everyday activities and your surgeon will be able to advise you on anything that you are unsure of or have questions about.

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FAQs

What do the grades of inverted nipples mean?

Grade is a term used to classify how severe your inverted nipples are. Your surgeon will assess your nipples and use the grading system to determine the best course of treatment.

Grade 1 – The mildest form of inverted nipples. The nipples will have a flat appearance but often still respond to touch or temperature changes and become everted for a short amount of time.

Grade 2 – A mild grade of inverted nipples that have a more inverted appearance. Grade 2 inverted nipples will often still become everted when stimulated however they will usually immediately return to their inverted position.

Grade 3 – The most severe grade of inverted nipples. Grade 3 inverted nipples will often not evert at all and remain in an inverted position at all times.

Do inverted nipples need to be treated?

There are no significant health issues associated with long-standing nipple inversion. It is often the aesthetic concern that causes patients to seek treatment.

Is there a non-surgical option to treat inverted nipples?

We would recommend that you try the Niplette suction device which can be purchased from any high street chemist to help correct the inversion before going ahead with surgery. The device is applied nightly and works to ‘pull out’ the ducts. The Niplette device has a good success rate on Grade 1 and sometimes Grade 2 inverted nipples but Grade 3 Inverted nipples may require surgery however.

How much does Inverted Nipples Correction cost?

The Private Clinic sees over 15,000 new patients every year and perform over 10,000 procedures, with one of the highest –patients’ satisfaction in the sector, Trustpilot 9.4, 5 star rating, 96% would recommend us to their friends and family. We are a multi award winning provider and have been voted the Aesthetic award for Best UK Clinic Group 2017.

The Private Clinic prides itself on its commitment to Medical Expertise, Patient Care and Satisfaction, Honest advice and most importantly Results. We are above all committed to Quality. Please feel free to contact us for any advice or to book a consultation with one of our expert Breast surgeons.

Inverted Nipple Correction Cost can be part of your decision to undergo a procedure but it should never be the deciding factor. For more information about The Private Clinic, our experience and medical expertise click here.

The cost of Bilateral Inverted Nipple Correction starts at £2,500.

We don’t follow a one-price-fits-all policy and prices are quoted on a case by case basis. You will be given an accurate quote for your requirements following your consultation.

Consultations with our breast surgeons are £100 at our clinics in London Harley StreetBirmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton.

We offer consultations with our highly experienced Patient Coordinators which require a £25 refundable deposit to secure your place.

Patient coordinators are able to offer you all the information you require prior to meeting a surgeon.

Please note all consultations available at our Harley Street clinic are with a surgeon.

Are the results permanent after inverted nipple correction surgery?

The results of surgical procedures are permanent however factors such as weight gain and pregnancy can alter the results.

Inverted nipple correction is Available in these Clinics

Things to Consider

Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have a nipple correction procedure:

1. When choosing a clinic, you should always do your research, and only go to an established, reputable clinic.

The Private Clinic has been in the cosmetic surgery industry for over 35 years. We are here to answer all of your questions and give you peace of mind.

2. When choosing a surgeon, make sure you know who you’ll be seeing. Their expertise, qualifications and patient satisfaction rate are important factors to take into consideration.

At The Private Clinic, we only source the most experienced and specialised surgeons. Find out more about our plastic surgeons here.

3. Price should never be the deciding factor when choosing where to have your treatment. Safety should be your number one priority and feeling confident that they will look after you – not only before, but also after your procedure

4. When it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Always find out what your clinic’s reputation is.

Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound shape.

Patient Stories

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Why Choose The Private Clinic

  • Over 35 years’ experience in medical cosmetic procedures and advanced non surgical non invasive treatments
  • Consultations with expert breast surgeons who have years of experience
  • 24 hour patient helpline to ensure you are always in the best of hands.
  • Three years cover for all surgical, hospital and nursing care, in case of any medical issue giving you peace of mind.
  • Comprehensive Nipple surgery Patient Guide.
  • Outstanding hospital facilities.
  • Our experience and medical expertise makes your journey a reassuring one
  • Consultations available in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Northampton.
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Meet our Surgeons

We have a dedicated Plastic Surgeon and medical team who will be with you throughout your journey.

At The Private Clinic inverted nipple correction is performed by some of the UK’s top consultant plastic surgeons who have decades of experience.