Nipple Correction

Inverted nipples, enlarged nipples or widened areolae are a remarkably common concern in both men and women; I tend to see at least one such patient in most of my clinics.

Treatment details

Nipple or areolar correction surgery can have excellent aesthetic results and can usually be carried out under local anaesthetic as a day case or outpatient procedure. It is sometimes performed alongside other surgery, such as a breast augmentation.

Our technique

Inverted nipples result from unusually shortened milk (lactiferous) ducts, which are cut in order to bring the nipples back out. On its own there is a risk of recurrence over time, as the milk ducts heal back together. For this reason, I recommend the use of a small flap of areolar tissue to prevent this from happening which we will discuss during our consultation.

Areolar reduction involves a scar around the edge of the areola, and nipple reduction (either shortening or narrowing) leaves a scar on the nipple itself.

Fulvio's advice

The procedure is relatively minor in terms of recovery and most patients can return to their usual activities straight away. The sutures used will either dissolve or need to be removed at 2 weeks. A small dressing is applied and this will be removed at one week at the first post-operative visit.

Aftercare
  • Analgesia (pain relief) – Ibuprofen and paracetamol can be taken
  • Surgical skin tapes should be left in place until the wound check and replaced as necessary thereafter
  • ​Please get in touch if you should develop a red or tender wound or notice you have a high temperature
Procedure statistics

Local Anaesthetic usually

Reasonably mobile: Immediately

Hospital stay: Not required

Washing: keep dry until wound check (one week)

Full recovery: 1-2 weeks for scar healing

Surgery time: 30-60 minutes

Driving: next day

We advise patients to stop smoking 2 week before and after any surgery

Time off work: none

Exercise: 2 weeks

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