While some women develop inverted nipples after breastfeeding, others can get elongated, darkened and thickened nipples, with an associated widening of the areola.
This can cause embarrassment to some women as the nipples can show through clothing. In women that wish to undergo breast augmentation or breast lift surgery this may make the nipple projection even more obvious and so a nipple reduction can be performed at the same time as your surgery.
Inverted Nipple Correction
Mild cases (grade I)
Intermediate cases (grade II)
Severe cases (grade III)
Nipple/areola surgery can be performed under both general and local anaesthetic. The procedure is usually done as day surgery. You may experience some mild discomfort over the first week, for which simple analgesia will be prescribed.
Recovery from nipple/areola surgery is generally quick and easy, and many patients can return to their normal activities after a few days. Strenuous exercise involving the upper body should be avoided for two weeks.
If you are considering a surgical procedure on your nipple and/or areola region, then it is important that you are informed of the potential risks, complications and side effects of this surgery.
While all care is taken to minimise or totally avoid these complications and side effects, complications may and do occur despite the best medical care. It is important that you carefully read and understand the risk factors and they will be discussed in more detail when you have your consultation with your surgeon.
Potential complications and risks associated with nipple/areola surgery include: