Inverted Nipples

The science bit

What is An Inverted Nipple?

An inverted nipple can be present from childhood. Or it can happen following breast feeding. It can affect one or both nipples, and luckily it is a fairly simple operation, either undertaken on its own or alongside any uplift or breast augmentation or reduction operation.


What Can I Expect?

The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic. We make a small incision around the areola, which lets us access and release the connective tissues that cause the nipple’s retraction.

What is the Recovery Time for Inverted Nipples?

You must keep the area clean and dry following the procedure. You will need to come back to the clinic to have your splint dressing and stitch removed. And you’ll have to avoid physical exercise for two weeks following the removal of your splint.

How Lasting Are the Effects?

This operation comes with variable results, simply because now and again the nipple can retract into its previous position. When the operation is successful, the correction is permanent.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Side Effects?
The area can feel tender after the operation. In rare circumstances you can develop a small infection, which is why it is so important to closely monitor the area and wear a clean, supportive bra during recovery.
What are the Alternatives?
There is a non-surgical option for correcting an inverted nipple, called a nipplette. You place it on your nipple and it applies gentle suction to reverse the inversion. Most people wear the niplette at night for around three months. If the nipplette does not work, the nipple can be surgically corrected under local anaesthetic. There are a number of methods for correction, depending on the cause. This procedure can be performed alongside other breast procedures.
How Will I Feel?
Having an inverted nipple can make you feel slightly deformed, which can lead to being very self-conscious. After the operation clients say that they feel more confident being topless, and better about being intimate with their partner.
Disclaimer: Results and patient experiences may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors including age, medical history, lifestyle and more.
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