Inverted Nipple Surgery

The Inverted Nipple Surgery is a surgical procedure performed to correct a congenital condition where the nipples retract inwards rather than protruding outwards. Inverted nipples are usually harmless, though they can often make breastfeeding more challenging.

What Are Inverted Nipples?

Inverted nipples are nipples that will point inward or lie flat rather than pointing outward, the way normal nipples appear to. Also known as retracted nipples, this inversion may happen in either one breast or both breasts. While most patients have cosmetic concerns about inverted nipples, it may also affect one’s ability to breastfeed, making it all the more important to seek professional care if you are worried about the appearance of your nipples.

Who Is a Candidate for Inverted Nipple Surgery?

The ideal candidates for an inverted nipple surgery are those who are in overall good health, want to alter the appearance of their inverted nipple, or want to make breastfeeding easier and more efficient. Candidates should be non-smokers and be able to maintain realistic expectations regarding the results of their procedure.

Patients who have experienced changes in their breast or nipple appearance due to breast cancer may always be candidates for this procedure. During your initial consultation with us, we will help determine if you can successfully benefit from an inverted nipple surgery.

Are There Any Risks with Inverted Nipple Surgery?

Just like any other type of surgery, the inverted nipple procedure poses a number of risks which can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring

Although these are rare, you can feel confident that the team at Cosmetic and Reconstructive Specialists of Florida is prepared to help you manage and avoid these risks. Common side effects such as swelling and sensitivity may occur. However, these typically disappear within several days.

How Long Is the Recovery?

Recovery after an inverted nipple surgery can take between six to eight weeks. During recovery, patients should avoid intense physical activity and any activities that put a strain on or apply pressure to the chest area. After this time, most patients can return back to their normal routines.

Can Inverted Nipples Be Left Untreated?

While inverted nipples are typically harmless, leaving them untreated can lead to major problems for parents who want to breastfeed their children. Inverted nipples are usually corrected for cosmetic purposes. However, correcting them to improve breastfeeding can also be accomplished. If left untreated, it may be difficult to breastfeed your child.

If you have not always had inverted nipples and suddenly developed them later on in life, this is a sign you should seek medical attention, as an inverted nipple can be a telling sign of another type of health condition.

What Are the Benefits of Inverted Nipple Surgery?

The inverted nipple surgery procedure can provide many benefits to patients, including:

  • Improving the size and shape of the nipple
  • Achieving proportion, symmetry, and balance between both nipples
  • Improving the ability to breastfeed
  • Increasing self-confidence


Check back soon for before and after pictures.

Ready to Take the Next Step? Contact Us.

To learn more about inverted nipple surgery or other procedures we offer, schedule a consultation with Cosmetic and Reconstructive Specialists of Florida by calling 954-466-0325. We serve Fort Lauderdale, FL and nearby areas.

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