The nipple is the protruding portion in the centre of the areola that carry the lactiferous (milk) ducts. Nipple correction is often used to correct: inverted, droopy, long, or large nipples. Nipple correction surgery involves removing excess tissue in the region to create a size, shape, and orientation that is more asthetically pleasing to you.
The areola is the darker pigmented circle of skin around the nipple. The areola may become enlarged or puffy. An areola reduction is a procedure in which excess pigmented skin is trimmed and removed to creating a more symmetrical, sculpted appearance.
Inverted Nipple Correction
Inverted nipples are common and affect around 20% of the population.
So, what causes an inverted nipple?
Invereted nipples are usually a result of an undeveloped, short, or thickened lactiferous duct or ‘milk duct’. They form a branched system that connects the nipple to the mammary gland. When these milk ducts are shortened, they pull on the nipple and cause it to retract inwards. Inverted nipples are usually genetic.
A nipple can be temporarily inverted and can reverse itself with stimulation or changes in temperature. Or a nipple can be permanently inverted.
There are three grades of nipple inversion
Grade 1: The nipple can be pulled out and easily maintain projection.
Grade 2: The nipple can be pulled out but can’t maintain projection.
Grade 3: The nipple can’t be pulled out.
Surgery to correct inverted nipples
Depending on the degree of inversion the surgeon may cut around the milk ducts or they may need to cut through the milk ducts. If the milk ducts are cut it will impact on your ability to breastfeed.
Although an inverted nipple isn’t dangerous. If you have a nipple that suddenly inverts for no reason be sure to visit your doctor – in rare cases this may be a sign of breast cancer.
Areola or Nipple Correction Surgery
An areola or nipple correction can be performed as a stand alone procedure, or combined with other surgical procedures such a breast augmentation or a breast lift under a general anaesthetic (you will be put to sleep).
When performed as a stand alone procedure, it is conducted under local anaesthetic (the area is numbed, and you are awake) at our private day hospital facility. This procedure will take around 30 - 45 minutes to complete.
Recovery from Areola or Nipple Correction Surgery
If you have had areola or nipple surgery performed as a stand alone procedure under local anaesthetic then recovery time is relatively brief. Most patients are able to return back to work within a couple of days.
Scarring from Nipple or Areola Correction Surgery
Dr Chinsee attempts to minimise scarring as much as possible and incisions are descretely placed. Incisions are placed around the outer edge of the areola and blend in with the pigmented skin and natural skin of the breast. Once healed they are hardly noticeable, if at all.
The Cost of Nipple or Areola Correction Surgery
Dr Chinsee's prices are fully inclusive to cover all fees associated with your procedure. Surgeon’s fee, hospital & anaesthetic fees, postoperative compression bra, contact with a Registered Nurse after your surgery, and follow up postoperative appointments for 1 year.
The only items not included in the total price are the initial consultation fee, $150, and medications prescribed after surgery, around $40.
Please visit our Pricing Structure Page for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can breast implants fix inverted nipples?
Yes. Depending on the degree of inversion, the implant may push and stretch the nipple into an erect position.
How does pregnancy affect inverted nipples?
Breastfeeding may be more difficult because the baby might have difficulty latching on to the nipple despite the milk ducts working properly. But, good news, pregnancy may reverse nipple inversion.
Is an inverted nipple dangerous?
Although an inverted nip isn’t dangerous. If you have a nipple that suddenly inverts for no reason be sure to visit your doctor – in rare cases this may be a sign of breast cancer.
Can nipple piercings fix inverted nipples?
Getting your nipple pierced can sometimes correct an inverted nipple – the jewellery will help stretch the ducts and keep your nipple in an erect position. This isn’t always permanent, and the nipples will usually retract once the piercing is removed. Additionally, the trauma of the piercing may create additional scar tissue that which may make the inversion worse.
If you also have breast implants, please keep in mind that piercings and breast implants are not a recommended combination. Read our BLOG POST on piercings and implants