Inverted Nipple Repair

Inverted, or retracted, nipples may be noticeable in both men and women from childhood or develop over time. Luckily, this condition is not medically detrimental to your physical health and can be easily corrected.

Is Inverted Nipple Repair right for you ?

Pre and Post Operative Instructions

The severity of this condition often determines inverted nipple surgery candidates. Physicians typically use a three-point scale to assess the inversion and determine whether surgical treatment is necessary for correction. 

During your initial consultation, your surgeon will learn more about your goals to determine the best treatment for your specific case.

What is an Inverted Nipple?

An inverted nipple is when one or both nipples form inward on the breast or lie flat on the areola. Some people are born with inverted nipples, as they can develop in the womb. Others develop inverted nipples after pregnancy when milk ducts are shortened and/or breast tissue reduces. 


Before surgery

A patient care concierge will guide you through the entire consultation process, which can be attended in person or virtually. During the consultation, your surgeon will learn about your goals, answer any questions, and perform an examination to create a personalized surgical plan. You will then be matched with a surgical coordinator who will walk you through each step of the preoperative process.

Stop smoking
Fill prescriptions
Stop medications and supplements that exacerbate bleeding
Plan time away from work, childcare, and pet care for recovery
Find a family member or friend to bring you home and assist you after surgery

During surgery

During inverted nipple repair, incisions are placed inside the areola so that visible scarring is minimal. Two main techniques are used, depending on the type and severity of the inversion:

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Parachute-Flap Technique: The nipple is released, leaving some milk ducts intact. Constriction will be reversed by stretching or spreading the fibers rather than severing them. This approach can be used for less severe inversion and will likely preserve a woman’s breastfeeding ability.

Detached Duct Technique: This nipple is released by severing its connection to the milk ducts. This technique is reserved for severe cases of nipple inversion. Although it does not allow a woman to breastfeed following the procedure, it is sometimes the only way to achieve an excellent cosmetic result.

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Surgery Duration
1.5 hours

After surgery

It is normal to experience some swelling and bruising for the first day or two following the procedure. Most patients can resume their regular daily activities after this period.

Your surgeon will provide specific instructions for optimal post-operative care, including an advanced scar management protocol after the initial healing period. Your surgical team is always available and will closely monitor your recovery in the weeks and months following surgery.

Initial Healing Period
1 week
Final Results
6 months