Breast Surgery

Inverted Nipple Correction Surgery

Inverted nipples are a common occurrence and often a source of embarrassment. They may be developmental or acquired. Examples of the latter include infections, surgery or very rarely may be a presenting sign of breast cancer.


Nipple inversion may be constant or intermittent. It may affect one or both breasts.


Although mild forms of inverted nipples may be treated with external suction devices, the most reliable form of treatment is surgery. Professor Malata uses a number of nipple inversion corrective techniques based on the severity of your condition. Frequently however, the ducts have to be divided especially in patients in whom breast feeding is not an issue or in patients with recurrent inversion of the nipple.

As in any cosmetic surgery, there are benefits, risks and the final results are not guaranteed. The chance of complications following correction of inverted depends on the type of operation and other factors such as your general health. Professor Malata will explain how the risks apply to you. Detailed postoperative instructions will be discussed during consultation and a procedure-specific handout given to you by Professor Malata. 


Risks of correcting inverted nipples

  • Bruising and swelling

  • Bleeding

  • Infection

  • +/- abscess formation

  • Pain under local anaesthetic

  • Recurrence of inversion

  • Mild asymmetry

  • Interference with breast feeding

  • Initial temporary over correction i.e. over-prominence

  • Skin necrosis – if skin devascularized

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (Correction of Inverted Nipples)


1 hour


Local or general anaesthetic or LA with sedation


0 (can be 1night)


5 - 10 days until socialising with close friends and family

1 -2 days until return to work and normal social engagements

2 weeks till bruising disappeared and most swelling subsided

2-3 weeks with no compression of the nipple

1 week light cardio exercises

3-4 weeks until return to gym and other strenuous activities

12 weeks until final result


Permanent but can recur

To find out more or make an appointment please contact Prof Malata's Secretary on 07455839093 or