Medically reviewed by Mr. Omar Tillo — MD, MS, EBOPRAS, FRCS (Plast)
At CREO Clinic, our surgeons specialise in inverted nipple surgery, which corrects flat or inverted nipples, a cosmetic concern that affects at least 10% of the population. Here, we’ll discuss the cost of this procedure in the UK, along with some other important information about the cosmetic surgery.
How Much Does Inverted Nipple Surgery Cost in the UK?
Prices for inverted nipple correction surgery at the CREO Clinic in the UK start from £2,200. The exact cost of your cosmetic surgery may vary depending on the surgical complexity of your procedure. Thus, you will receive the final price of your cosmetic treatment after a consultation with our plastic surgeon.
Can I Get Inverted Nipple Surgery on the NHS?
In most cases, the NHS doesn’t fund nipple correction surgery as it considers the condition to be of low clinical priority. Most patients will need to undergo treatment in a private clinic as inverted nipples are usually a cosmetic concern that doesn’t impede their lifestyle.
In some cases, the NHS may fund the treatment of the condition if it is impacting your physical or psychological health. For instance, patients needing reconstruction surgery after being treated for breast cancer may qualify for inverted nipple surgery under the NHS.
What’s Included in the Price?
The price mentioned above includes treating both nipples, local anaesthesia, surgeon’s fees, nurses’ fees, use of the surgical facility, equipment and dressings, and up to three follow-up appointments (7 days, 6 weeks, and 6 months after surgery) to examine your results and check your wounds.
Additional Inverted Nipple Surgery Costs
Patients can choose to undergo the procedure under sedation or general anaesthesia, which will increase the inverted nipple correction cost. Additionally, your surgeon may prescribe pain medication, which you need to purchase yourself.
What Causes Inverted Nipples?
Men and women are equally likely to develop inverted nipples. Some of the reasons listed below are cosmetic, which our plastic surgeons can treat with surgery:
- Congenital inversion is where people are born with inverted nipples due to their nipple base or milk ducts not developing fully.
- Breastfeeding, surgery, injury, menopause, or ageing can shorten or scar the milk ducts.
- A condition called mammary duct ectasia causes the milk ducts to widen and clog with blocked milk. It typically affects women in their 40s and 50s and can either go away on its own or be treated surgically or non-surgically.
- Inverted nipples can be due to a bacterial infection known as mastitis. It affects women who have recently given birth, are breastfeeding, or have pierced or cracked nipples. Your doctor may prescribe antibiotics for the condition.
- Inverted nipples may result from an abscess underneath the areola, which your doctor will need to drain.
How Does Inverted Nipple Surgery Work?
Nipple correction surgery usually takes 1-2 hours to perform. Your treatment plan may vary depending on whether you have a grade 1, 2, or 3 nipple inversion, which indicates the severity of the inversion. In most cases, the surgeon will make an incision under the nipple to release it from the surrounding tissue and stitch the incision close.
Are There Risks To Inverted Nipple Surgery?
As with any surgical procedure, inverted nipple surgery carries some rare risks, including scarring, damaging the milk ducts (which impacts the ability to breastfeed), asymmetry, and infection. Your surgeon will openly discuss all risks associated with the surgery during your consultation.
Inverted Nipple Surgery Recovery Time
After your cosmetic surgery, you may experience swelling and bruising around your nipples, which should subside in 1-2 days, after which most patients can carry on with office work and most daily activities. However, you should avoid strenuous exercise for one week and avoid wearing tight tops and padded bras for two weeks to provide enough time for your incisions to heal. Additionally, your nipples may feel slightly firm for up to 3 months after cosmetic surgery.
Is Inverted Nipple Surgery Worth It?
Inverted nipples are a source of insecurity for many people and sometimes impedes a woman’s ability to breastfeed. Therefore, inverted nipple surgery can be an ideal solution as it creates nipples that naturally project outward while providing women with the opportunity to breastfeed. Furthermore, the cosmetic surgery entails a short recovery period and produces permanent results, making it a worthwhile decision for most patients.
Schedule A Consultation With CREO Clinic Today
Dr Omar Tillo is a double-board certified plastic surgeon who specialises in inverted nipple surgery at the CREO Clinic along with a range of other body contouring surgeries. As such, he has the expertise and training to perform inverted nipple surgery to create nipples that sit naturally on the patient’s chest or breast.
If you have inverted nipples that you wish to correct, book a consultation with Dr Tillo at the CREO Clinic to discuss a bespoke surgical solution.