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Inverted Nipples Correction

Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic. Last Reviewed July 16th 2020.

Many people feel embarrassed about their inverted nipples or enlarged 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 nipples are a quick and simple procedure which may be performed under local anaesthetic.

What causes an inverted nipple?
Inverted nipples occur

  • When the breast ducts are too short or
  • There’s a tightening of the duct’s tissue due to an imbalance in traction between them and the smooth muscle that keeps nipples erect.
  • It may be that there’s too much connective tissue in the nipple.
  • The cause varies from person to person and can be due to genetics, lactation, pregnancy, or trauma.
What are the three different grades of 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.

Where can I correct inverted nipples?

The Private Clinic has been carrying out this procedure by our expert breast surgeons for decades and giving confidence back to many. Inverted Nipple Correction Surgery consultations are offered at our London, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Northampton, Bristol, Manchester, Milton Keynes 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 Nipple Reduction

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When it comes to researching inverted nipple surgery there are a lot of words and abbreviations that may seem confusing. We have created a glossary of the most popular Cosmetic Surgery words which you can view here.

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What surgery is available for the nipples?

There are 2 types of surgery that are performed on the nipple.

Inverted Nipple Surgery is for those who have an inversion of the nipple. Inverted nipple surgery is performed to release the inwards pull of the nipple.

Nipple Reduction is a procedure to reduce the width and / or height of the nipple for those who are unhappy with the size of their nipples.

What is the cause of Inverted Nipples?

Nipple inversion is often a congenital disorder that is present at birth. It is a common condition that is caused when tight bands (often shortened milk ducts) that run from the surface of the breast tissue, under the areola and outwards to the nipple pull the nipple inwards.

Can inverted nipples be a sign of cancer?

A newly inverted nipple can be a symptom of breast cancer as nipple retraction can occur when the tumor attacks the duct behind the nipple, pulling it in. If you have noticed a sudden change in your nipples then we recommend that you visit your GP surgery before seeking surgery to rule out any underlying health conditions.

If you have had nipple inversions for a long time then it is unlikely that it is a sign of breast cancer.

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.

Is it possible to breastfeed before inverted nipple correction surgery?

It is possible to breastfeed if your nipples are inverted but it will depend on the grade of them.

Those who have Grade 1 or 2 inverted nipples then it if often possible to breastfeed but those with Grade 3 may find it very difficult or impossible to breastfeed.

What happens at an inverted nipple correction consultation?

A consultation with your surgeon is a great way to get an idea of what the best treatment plan is going to be for you. Your surgeon will be able to assess you and discuss what to realistically expect from surgery. It is also your chance to ask them questions about the procedure and what to expect post-op.

Is it possible for the consultation and procedure to be carried out on the same day?

In the majority of cases it is possible to be treated on a ‘see and treat’ purpose. This would often require you to send a photo to the surgeon for assessment prior to your appointment. You will then be given an appointment date where your procedure will be carried out on the same day.

Can inverted nipple surgery be combined with a breast enlargement?

It is common for inverted nipple procedures to take place at the same time as breast enlargement procedures.

How long does inverted nipple correction take?

Nipple correction surgery usually takes 1 hour or less under local anaesthetic.

Will I need to stay overnight after an inverted nipple correction procedure?

Inverted nipple corrected is performed as day case procedure and you will be able to return home shortly after.

What type of anaesthetic is required for inverted nipple correction surgery?

Inverted nipple procedures are performed under local anaesthetic but if being performed in combination with another procedure such as a breast augmentation then general anaesthetic will be used.

What happens during inverted nipple correction surgery?

There are different techniques to inverted nipple correction depending on the severity of the inversion. The most common way is that the surgeon will make an incision at the base of the nipple and the ducts are then separated leaving the nipple to be able to sit back in its new position.

What is the recovery period following inverted nipple correction surgery?

You will have some mild discomfort for the initial 24-48 hours after your procedure but this can be controlled by pain medication. You will need to avoid strenuous activities for the first couple of weeks to avoid chafing.  You will be fully recovered after 6 weeks where your swelling should have settled and your nipple will be in its new position.

When can I return to work after inverted nipple correction surgery?

The majority of patients are able to return to work after 2-3 days.

Is it possible to breastfeed after inverted nipple correction surgery?

If you are still yet to complete your family then we recommend waiting until after this time as the milk ducts which often pull the nipples inwards are divided during surgery which can make breast feeding difficult. It is a good idea to discuss breastfeeding with your surgeon at your consultation to find out more.

Will I loose sensation after inverted nipple correction surgery?

Your nipple sensation may change slightly in the initial stages after surgery, but everything should return to normal once healed and the nipple will respond to touch and cold as normal.

When can I exercise again after my inverted nipple correction procedure?

We generally advise waiting 2-3 weeks before exercising again especially activities that involve friction to the nipple areas such as running.

Can I drive after inverted nipple correction surgery?

We recommend waiting a day or two to drive after surgery to allow the side effects from the local anaesthetic to pass. If you have had a general anaesthetic then we usually advise that you wait a week before driving again as it can take more time for general anaesthetic to be out of your system.

What is the scarring like after inverted nipple correction?

A very small incision is made at the base of the nipple which means any scar will be well concealed and hidden.

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 London Harley Street Clinic.

Consultations with our breast surgeons are £50 at our Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton clinics.

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 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.

What are the risks involved with inverted nipple correction surgery?

As with any type of surgery there are risks associated with inverted nipple correction surgery although these are very rare and unlikely to occur. Inverted nipple surgery in particular does carry the risk of inability to breastfeed.

What does a free inverted nipple consultation mean?

Free inverted nipple phone or video consultations are available with one of our experienced patient coordinators who will able to provide information about the inverted nipple procedure and offer advice on the best surgeon to perform your inverted nipple procedure based on your requirements.

To secure your timed appointment we will ask you to pay a £25 refundable deposit. This is refunded once the consultation takes place. You are welcome to change your appointment time up to 48 hours before.

Book your free phone or video consultation here. 

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    Inverted Nipple Correction

    Inverted nipple correction surgery is a minor procedure performed under local anaesthetic. Depending on the underlying cause of your inverted nipples, two different approaches can be taken.

    Most commonly, an incision will be made at the base of the nipple to release the fibres and milk ducts that are causing the nipple to retract. Biodegradable sutures would then be used to prop up the nipple during its recovery process.

    Alternatively, an incision can be made to divide or free the milk ducts and problematic fibres internally.

    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.


    Since the procedure is done under local anaesthetic you are free to return home as soon as you are ready, meaning that there’s no real downtime. The majority of our patients return to work within 1-2 days. You might experience some discomfort but this can be easily managed through pain medication.

    The main consideration for this procedure is that you will be unable to breast feed following a nipple correction procedure and is something you may want to think over if you are planning to breastfeed in the future.

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