Nipple correction

This is not an uncommon presentation. It can be present from puberty or following childbirth and breast-feeding. It is important to exclude the presence of any other breast diseases or conditions including cancer.

Many women are very self-conscious of this appearance and it can affect their sexual relations and sexual satisfaction.

What is Inverted Nipple?

The inverted nipples can be on one or both sides. The inversion can take different grades either permanently inverted or temporarily. It is not unusual that suction devices are tried initially to correct the inversion.

The Surgery

There are a number of surgical techniques to correct inverted nipples. This could be done either under a local (you are awake) or a general anaesthetic (you are asleep). It is usually operated on through a small scar at the expected base of the nipple. In many situations, the milk ducts would have to be divided, hence you will not be able to breast feed.


You are usually discharged home the same day. You are advised to keep the dressing dry and avoid any pressure/tight clothing over the chest area. The stitches will be removed 7-10 days after surgery.

Potential Risks

Every surgical procedure carries a certain amount of risk, and it is important that you understand the risks involved in correcting inverted nipples.

The scars tend to heal very well, however in a small number of patients it can be red and lumpy. Total symmetry is not always possible. There is a tendency for recurrence of the inversion. You will not be able to breast feed.

Bleeding, infection, excessive scarring, blood clots in leg veins and/or lung and further revisional surgery are general risks that can follow any operation.


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The information provided gives you a basic understanding of the nipple correction procedure but it may not answer all your questions, a lot depends on your individual circumstances. This website provides guidance and is not intended to be a substitute for a surgical consultation with Mr Fahmy in Shropshire, Chester, Cheshire or Wrexham, North Wales and Mid Wales.

For any enquiries, you can email Professor Fahmy on consultation will be directly with Professor Fahmy and the treatment will be performed by himself at the hospital of your choice either Pulford Medical Centre, Chester (Cheshire) or Spire Yale Hospital, Abergele & Wrexham (Wales). It is always advisable to bring a friend or a relative during your consultation, as it may further assist you in any questions you may have.