Nipple Correction Surgery

What is it?

Instead of pointing outwards, inverted nipples turn inwards towards the breast. They are different degrees of nipple inversion and it is extremely common in both men and women – at least one in ten people are affected in the UK.

Inverted nipples can cause embarrassment particularly in intimate relationships. People with the condition can sometimes feel uncomfortable about getting undressed or wearing tight clothing. This may restrict their involvement in sports like swimming or their choice of clothing. In some circumstances, the condition can have a detrimental affect on intimate relationships. Some people choose to have corrective surgery to help them to overcome these problems.

What to expect

The procedure to correct inverted nipples is a simple one, performed under local anaesthetic. It takes around 30 minutes for both nipples. The surgeon will make an incision around the nipple and divide or separate the ducts to allow the nipple to assume a natural outward-pointing profile. Soluble internal stitches hold the base of the nipple in position while it is healing.

What results can be achieved?

Corrective surgery is normally straightforward and highly successful. Within a matter of weeks, it is unlikely that you would be able to tell the nipple had ever been inverted. Having more confidence in the appearance of you breasts can be liberating and may enable you to undertake a wider range of activities without feeling self-conscious.

Possible Risks

All surgery carries risks and cosmetic surgery is no exception. Fortunately, there are rarely any significant complications associated with inverted nipple correction surgery, which is a commonly performed procedure and normally very successful.

Before choosing to have surgery, we recommend you consider treatments that can help nipple inversion without surgery, such as the niplette device. If your nipples are permanently inverted, however, surgery may be the only permanent way of reversing the problem.

After surgery

After surgery you are likely to experience only mild discomfort that can easily be controlled with painkillers. The majority of people return to work within one or two days.

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Common risks

The risk of most types of cosmetic surgery is similar and these will be discussed with you during your consultation. You can help to minimize certain risks by following your surgeon’s advice and instructions after surgery. Some of the common risks include:

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  • Minor discomfort – this can be treated with over the counter painkillers.
  • Minor swelling and bruising – your surgeon will advise you how long this will last based upon your individual procedure.
  • Inability to breastfeed – it is highly unlikely that you will be able to breastfeed following inverted nipple correction surgery and you will need to consider this carefully if you are planning to have a family.
  • Dissolving skin stitches not holding properly – if this occurs the stitches may need to be removed under local anaesthetic.
  • Stitch granuloma – sometimes a tender lump or abscess can occur at the stitch site. This is generally more common where the skin is thinner. The stitch may need to be removed or it may be treated with antibiotics.
More serious risks
The symptoms listed above are normally temporary or without serious consequences. There are some more serious risks associated with cosmetic surgery, which will be discussed with your surgeon as part of the initial consultation.

Plastic surgery alone cannot change your life but it can give you the confidence to make those changes for yourself.

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