Inverted Nipple Correction Surgery
Scottsdale AZ & Gilbert AZ

Inverted nipples often occur naturally. Many women who have them choose inverted nipple correction surgery.

About Inverted Nipple Correction

Inverted nipple surgery is the only permanent corrective procedure for the condition. You may have come across remedies ranging from nipple retraction suction cups to nipple piercing.

The surgery is considered minor. Conditions like injury or disease and takes about a half-hour to complete. Local anesthesia can be used. There are three approaches:

  • Reversing the nipple through manipulation
  • Lifting and reshaping the nipple and areola
  • Making a small cut to release milk ducts from the nipple; a spacer may be used to ensure the nipple doesn’t revert back.

It’s also possible to preserve the milk ducts for women who intend future pregnancies and breastfeeding.

How to Prepare for Inverted Nipple Correction Surgery

Like other surgeries, patients are told to avoid pain relievers and supplements that thin blood and can cause excess bleeding. This includes aspirin, NSAIDs, and supplements like Gingko and St. John’s Wort. If you take a blood thinner, discuss adjusting the dose with the prescribing doctor.

What to Expect From Inverted Nipple Correction

Nipples will be sore for a few days following surgery while they heal; pain relievers can help. There may be bruising or swelling. You’ll be given instructions on caring for the small incision wound. Full recovery takes one to two weeks, but you can usually return to work within a day or two.

Inverted Nipple Correction Surgery FAQs

You may lose some sensation. It does come back after several months.

Yes. Many patients combine nipple correction with breast lifts, augmentation, and breast reduction.

Yes, but this is rare. They can be treated with additional surgery that includes rearranging local breast tissue and wearing a customized doughnut splint around the nipple for two to three weeks.
Depending on how much work is required, the cost can be up to $2000 per nipple. As this is a cosmetic procedure, it will not be covered by insurance. Ask us about our financial plans.
For many people, the cause is genetic. Nipples can also invert during puberty and, among women, from breastfeeding when milk ducts become shorter and pull the nipple inward. Any sudden nipple inversion, independent of after breastfeeding, might indicate a serious problem and should be reviewed by a doctor as soon as possible.
About 20% of men and women have inverted nipples.

Are you considering nipple inversion surgery? Contact our office for a consultation.