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Inverted Nipples treatment

Some women have inverted nipples. It is common and if you have always had them it is not dangerous. If, however, the inversion has developed later in life, this can be related to breast cancer or other breast problems. In this case, you must always seek medical advice urgently.

Often inverted nipples are physically harmless, yet you may find them aesthetically displeasing or experience difficulties with breast-feeding. Breast-feeding itself can correct some nipple inversions as well as a breast-feeding nipplete device. If this hasn’t worked for you then surgery can help.

Summary of the procedure

There are many different ways of treating inverted nipples. They all leave a scar around the nipple and sometimes this scar extends to the areola (the pink area around the nipple). The techniques that would work best for you will be fully discussed at your initial consultation.

The procedure is performed as a day case under local anaesthetic; there is no overnight stay necessary.

Postoperative period

  • You will have a waterproof dressing over the area that you need to keep on until you see the nurse after four to five days. 
  • You can go back to work on the same day or the day after your surgery provided your job is not too physically demanding.
  • You can usually go back to swimming after ten days.

What you need to be aware of

As with any surgical procedure, there can occasionally be complications; possibly including scars, bleeding, infection, alteration of sensation, recurrence (approximately 1 in 4 cases have recurrence) and inability to breast-feed. The chances of any complication can be reduced by observing the postoperative recommendations above. Smoking is also a risk factor. This subject is always fully discussed during your initial consultation.


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