An inverted nipple is a nipple that appears flat or turns inward, whereas regular nipples project forward. Inverted nipples are a common cosmetic concern that affects roughly 10% of the population. In most cases, cosmetic surgery can correct inverted nipples.
At the CREO clinic, Dr Omar Tillo specialises in inverted nipple surgery in London among a range of other cosmetic body surgeries. Having performed the cosmetic procedure on numerous patients, he has mastered the skills and expertise to perform the surgery in a way that sits naturally on the patient’s breasts or chest.
If you wish to correct your inverted nipples, book a consultation with Dr Tillo in London to discuss a bespoke surgical solution for resolving your cosmetic concerns.
Surgery time1-2 Hours
Hospital time3-6 Hours
Full recovery2 weeks
Reasons for an Inverted Nipple
Both men and women are just as likely to be affected by inverted nipples for several reasons, some of which are cosmetic concerns, which we treat with inverted nipple surgery at the CREO clinic in London:
- Menopause and the ageing process can cause a shortening of the milk ducts, which leads to inverted nipples.
- A shortening or scarring of the milk ducts can occur following breastfeeding, surgery, or injury to the breasts or chest.
- Also known as congenital inversion, some people are born with inverted nipples due to the nipple base or milk ducts not properly developing in the womb.
- A condition known as mammary duct ectasia causes the milk ducts to widen, which clogs the ducts with blocked milk. The condition usually affects women in their 40s and 50s and may go away on its own or with non-surgical or surgical treatment.
- A bacterial infection known as mastitis can cause inverted nipples. It affects women after childbirth and when breastfeeding or women who have cracked or pierced nipples. Your doctor may treat the condition with antibiotics.
- Inverted nipples may be due to an abscess under the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple), which may require draining with a needle.
- In some cases, an inverted nipple can indicate breast cancer.
Grades of Nipple Inversion
There are three different grades of nipple inversion, which we use to classify the severity of a patient’s nipple inversion:
- Grade 1 is the mildest form of nipple inversion, where the milk ducts are slightly short. Thus, the nipples appear flat or inverted. However, they turn outward when cold or stimulated and stay out for a period of time before returning to being flat or inverted.
- Grade 2 is more severe than grade 1, as the nipples appear more inverted. However, the nipples turn outward when stimulated yet revert to being inverted immediately after.
- Grade 3 is the most severe form of nipple inversion, where the milk ducts are very short. The nipple inversion is permanent as the nipples do not respond to stimulation.
Benefits of Inverted Nipple Surgery
Inverted nipple surgery benefits patients with inverted or flat nipples by providing them with nipples that naturally project outward. As a result, the cosmetic procedure improves the overall appearance of the patient’s breasts or chest. In addition, the cosmetic procedure may enable women to breastfeed, as those with a grade 3 inversion are unlikely to do so.
Inverted Nipple Correction Before and After
Inverted Nipple Surgery Cost
In general, the cost of an inverted nipple surgery in London at the CREO Clinic starts from £2,800. However, the price may vary depending on the surgical needs of each patient. You will receive the exact cost of your procedure after consulting with our surgeon.
Inverted Nipple Correction Procedure
The cosmetic procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic and takes between 1-2 hours. The exact surgical technique will depend on the grade of nipple inversion. In general, the surgeon makes an incision under the nipple to release it from the surrounding connective tissue. Afterwards, the surgeon secures the nipple in place with a stitch for about a week until the incision heals.
Immediately after your inverted nipple surgery in London, you may experience swelling and bruising around the nipples, which will dissipate in a few days. In general, most patients return to work within 1-2 days. However, you must avoid strenuous activities for at least a week until your incisions heal, and avoid wearing tight tops and padded bras for two weeks. Furthermore, your nipples may feel slightly firm up to 3 months after the cosmetic procedure.
The results of your inverted nipple surgery will be immediately visible once the dressings are off, and you will notice that your nipples project outward. However, it may take 2-3 weeks before you can appreciate the final results of your cosmetic surgery. By this time, the post-surgical side effects will have considerably reduced. Furthermore, it may take up to 6 weeks before you fully regain sensation in the nipples.
Inverted Nipple Correction vs Nipple Reduction Surgery
Nipple reduction is a cosmetic procedure that reshapes or reduces the size of the nipples. The surgery involves a small incision, through which the surgeon removes excess nipples tissue, thus reducing the height and width of the nipples. As such, nipple reduction treats nipples that project too much.
However, it does not treat an inverted nipple, although we can combine it with inverted nipple surgery or areola reduction if patients want to correct an inverted nipple and reduce the size of their nipples or areolas (the pigmented skin around the nipple).
Inverted Nipple Surgery FAQ
Can you breastfeed after inverted nipple correction?
In most cases, inverted nipple surgery improves a woman’s ability to breastfeed, whereas an inverted nipple may have made it difficult to do so. However, you should speak to your surgeon if you plan to breastfeed in the future, as in some cases, the cosmetic procedure may involve severing the milk ducts, which will affect the supply of milk.
Is inverted nipple surgery covered by insurance?
In most cases, inverted nipple surgery isn’t covered by insurance in London as it is a cosmetic procedure. However, your insurance provider may cover the cost of the surgery if it is the result of an injury, illness, or congenital condition.
Is inverted nipple correction permanent?
Yes, inverted nipple correction permanently draws out an inverted nipple.
Is inverted nipple surgery worth it?
An inverted nipple is a source of insecurity for many people, which inverted nipple surgery can resolve. In addition to the permanent cosmetic benefits, some women with a severe grade 3 inversion can also breastfeed after the surgery. Therefore, many patients with inverted nipples consider the cosmetic procedure to be worthwhile.