Inverted Nipple Correction Sydney

About the treatment

Inverted nipples indent more than they protrude and can affect both men and women.

What Are Inverted Nipples?

Inverted nipples are irregular shapes where the nipples point inwards instead of projecting outwards. The condition can affect one or both nipples and may be present at birth (congenital inversion) or develop over time (acquired inversion). Inflammation of the breast tissue causes the base of the nipple to get squeezed (this limits stretch and movement in the area).

For women, the condition may arise during breastfeeding due to blocked or clogged milk ducts. An abscess may also cause inverted nipples under the areola or an infection within the breast tissue.

What Causes Inverted Nipples?

Inverted nipples can be caused by a variety of factors, and the condition may be present from birth (congenital) or develop later in life (acquired). Here are some common causes of inverted nipples:

  • Congenital Factors
  • Short Milk Ducts
  • Underdeveloped Breast Tissue
  • Trauma or Injury



Nipple inversion correction, also referred to as nipple enhancement or inversion repair, is a surgical procedure designed to improve the appearance of the breasts by increasing the projection of the nipples.

  • Correct nipples that appear flat or point inwards.
  • Redefine the nipples to complement the overall profile of the chest.
  • Mend and refine the shape of the nipples

What to expect from surgery for Nipple Correction

The procedure may vary slightly for each patient and will draw on an individualised treatment plan created by Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Ania Smialkowski, based on your condition, concerns and expectations. At Shape Clinic, we do understand the personal nature of this and strive to make you feel comfortable through all parts of the process, from consultation to aftercare.

The Procedure Overview:

  • Procedure time: 30 mins
  • Downtime required: 1-3 days

Disclaimer: This surgical procedure is performed by Specialist Plastic Surgeon, Dr Ania Smialkowski (FRACS). No before and after image is guaranteed to be the same. Individual results and recovery times may vary. All procedures carry inherent risk. Please contact Shape Clinic on 02 8356 2888 to discuss this with your practitioner before proceeding with treatment. Written and verbal consent for the use of images on our page has been given by all patients photographed. ⁠

Who is a suitable candidate?

The severity of the condition usually determines candidates for nipple surgery. Physicians often draw on a three-point scale to discern whether surgical treatment is necessary.

Grade 1: As the least severe type of inversion, patients with this stage often have “shy” nipples. At this level, nipples are usually inverted but will protrude outwards under stimulation or when exposed to cold temperatures.

Grade 2: At this moderate inversion level, the nipples remain inverted almost always. Generally, the nipples protrude outward under stimulation or suction at this stage. However, this is usually a temporary result.

Grade 3: Considered the most severe level of inversion. Nipples at this stage are highly constricted from the surrounding breast tissue. This prevents the nipple from projecting even with strong suction or stimulation.

Inverted Nipple Correction Recovery

The recovery process after inverted nipple correction surgery can vary from person to person, and it depends on factors such as the specific surgical technique used, individual healing abilities, and overall health. However, here are some general guidelines for the recovery from inverted nipple correction:

Immediate Postoperative Period:

Pain Management: You may experience some discomfort or mild pain after the surgery. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication or recommend over-the-counter pain relievers to manage this.

Swelling and Bruising: Swelling and bruising are common after surgery. Applying ice packs as directed by your surgeon can help reduce swelling and alleviate bruising.

Dressings and Bandages: Your surgeon will provide specific instructions regarding dressings and bandages. It’s essential to keep the incision site clean as instructed.

First Few Days:

Rest and Recovery: It’s important to get plenty of rest during the first few days after surgery. Avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting, and vigorous exercise.

Follow Postoperative Care Instructions: Your surgeon will provide detailed postoperative care instructions, including how to clean the incision site and when to schedule follow-up appointments.

First Week:

Most people can return to light activities within the first week, but it’s crucial to avoid activities that could strain the chest muscles or nipples. Activities that involve stretching the chest muscles or putting pressure on the nipples should be avoided during the initial recovery period.

Are There Any Risks Associated with Inverted Nipple Correction

It’s important to make an informed decision when undergoing any surgery. While inverted nipple correction is a relatively safe procedure, there are some risks associated with it, including:

  • Bleeding and Infection
  • Changes in nipple sensation
  • Recurrence of inversion

All risks will be discussed during your consultation with Dr Ania Smialkowski.

Like to know more about your treatment options

Email us at or contact us on (02) 8356 2888 to book your consultation.

Shape clinic team

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is inverted nipple correction surgery painful?

The level of pain can vary from person to person. Typically, patients experience some discomfort after the surgery, which can be managed with pain medication prescribed by the surgeon.

Will the surgery affect my ability to breastfeed?

In some cases, inverted nipple correction surgery may affect breastfeeding. It’s essential to discuss this with the surgeon, as preserving the milk ducts is a consideration during the procedure

What are the surgical options for inverted nipple correction?

There are different surgical techniques for inverted nipple correction. The most common methods involve releasing the tight tissue that is causing the inversion. This can be done through a small incision, and the procedure is often performed in an outpatient basis.

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