Inverted Nipple Surgery

Inverted Nipple Surgery

Inverted nipples (or nipple retraction) are commonly caused by an excess of breast tissue and a tightening of internal milk ducts, which results in a visible retraction of the nipples. Inverted nipples can also be caused by some kind of physical damage or trauma, or may even be present from birth. They may appear flat or as an “inny”, being quite concave.

No matter the cause, our specialists are ready to speak with you concerning an initial consultation and moving forward with the procedure.

If you would like to begin the path to inverted nipple surgery, call and book an appointment with our specialists on 0800 882 4879.

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Are Inverted Nipples Unhealthy?
Can Inverted Nipples Cause Pain?
Will Inverted Nipples Affect Breastfeeding?
What is the Process for Inverted Nipple Surgery?
What is the Recovery Process for Inverted Nipple Surgery Like?
How to Make an Appointment
Our Facilities and Amenities


Are Inverted Nipples Unhealthy?

First thing to understand about inverted nipples is that they are quite common, with anywhere between 15-20% of women experiencing cases of inverted nipples in the UK. As mentioned above, inverted nipples can be congenital, so it is not entirely unusual for women to have flat or inverted nipples for most of their lives.

However, are they a cause of harm, or anything to be worried about for any other reason than cosmetic concerns?

The short answer is: Not usually, no.

In most cases, inverted nipples are purely a cosmetic issue, and are not directly tied to any other common health problems. Our specialists will be able to assess each case and highlight any other issues if they areapparent.


Can Inverted Nipples Cause Pain?

In most cases, nipple aches and pains are caused by another health issue, or even pregnancy, rather than a direct cause . If pain persists, seek medical attention.


Will Inverted Nipples Affect Breastfeeding?

While internally, the breast will continue to produce milk and lactate as normal, from a mechanical standpoint, it is possible that a baby may find it difficult to latch onto an inverted nipple, though there are some techniques that can aid in helping the feeding process. It is recommended that you ask any specialists assisting in your pregnancy or raising your newborn about this, as this is a common question and they will be able to help.

It should be noted however that if you undergo inverted nipple surgery, it is very likely you will not be able to breastfeed, as the surgery involves cutting milk ducts. Our staff will discuss this and any other concerns you may have during consultation.


What is the Process for Inverted Nipple Surgery?

Compared to other types of cosmetic breast surgery, surgery for inverted nipple correction is quite easy for a patient to undergo, due to the small, localised area of focus. Rather than putting a patient to sleep, only a local anaesthetic is required.

After ensuring that you are happy to proceed and as comfortable as possible, our specialists will make a small incision beneath the nipple in order to cut tissue and milk ducts that are causing the nipple to retract, resulting in the desired protrusion.

Ultimately, we want to give our patients the look they desire, and each step of our process will revolve around making sure you get what you want, and ensuring that you are as free from worry as possible.


What is the Recovery Process for Inverted Nipple Surgery Like?

Our staff will be on hand to check up on you before, and shortly after your surgery. Due to the fairly low-invasiveness of the procedure, it is very likely that you will be able to go home the same day as the surgery. In the meantime, you will be provided a comfortable space for rest and any further assistance is simply available upon requesting help from our friendly staff. We highly recommend either hiring a taxi, reliable public transport or asking a friend/family member to assist you in travelling back from our hospital grounds as we do not recommend driving yourself after surgery.

As with any kind of surgery, you will experience some bruising and aching, although you will be provided with a healthy amount of pain medication, along with expert consultation and advice.

You may notice some very light scarring, although it is usually difficult to notice.

Generally we recommend avoiding strenuous activities such as sports, heavy lifting or high-impact exercise for a few weeks. For extra safety, even general housework should be taken lightly or avoided entirely. You may require some days off of work, although the recovery process should not affect your ability to perform basic office tasks too much. if your work involves a lot of movement, heavy lifting or other strenuous tasks, consider taking further time away for recovery.

Our staff will ensure that recovery is as smooth and painless as possible for you.


How to Make an Appointment with Us

Making an appointment with Spencer Private Hospitals is easy, and our helpful staff will take care of all your needs. We pride ourselves on giving our patients a high level of comfort.

You may write to us using the form found at the bottom of this page, our online contact form, or alternatively call one of our hospitals using the phone numbers below to begin your treatments at a time and place most suitable to you.



01233 616201


01843 234555


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  • Television
  • Extensive award winning food menu
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