Nipple correction surgery corrects problems associated with enlarged, asymmetrical, protruding or inverted nipples and can be seen in both men and women.
The nipple is made of two parts: the nipple and the areola. The nipple is the projected part and the areola is the dark pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple.
Inverted nipples is the most common nipple correction surgery. Inverted nipples are the result of an imbalance in muscle traction, where the strength of the outward muscle is weaker than the inward, which can be longer or have a stronger pull, causing the nipple to remain retracted.
There are 3 grades of nipple inversion, depending on its severity:
- Grade 1 is whereby the nipple is inverted under the areola but can be manipulated to protrude, however reverts to its inverted state after a few minutes. Grade 1 usually does not require corrective surgery unless it is affecting your confidence and self esteem. Breastfeeding is usually possible.
- Grade 2 is whereby the nipple is inverted under the areola however can only be forcefully manipulated to temporarily protrude. Breastfeeding may be possible and correction involves surgery on the milk ducts.
- Grade 3 is whereby, even with vigorous stimulation, the nipple remains inverted. Here, the nipple remains buried in the areola and surgery is required to rebalance the muscle pull.
Meet your Surgeon
Dr. Kelly Thornbury
Meet your Surgeon
Education and Training:
- Bachelor’s degree from the University of Newcastle, studying Medical Radiation Science (Diagnostic) and graduated with merit
- Selected into the university’s Medicine program, and received the distinguished Carl Mason Memorial Prize
- Accepted into the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons’ Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical training program
- Master’s Degree in Surgery at the University of Sydney, researching paediatric craniofacial surgery and burns surgery
- Active member of multiple professional organisations, including:
- The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
- The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
How can this procedure help me?
Benefits of nipple correction include:
- Increased self esteem
- Improved quality of life
- Increased confidence in appearance, intimacy and general social situations
Will I need to be hospitalised for the procedure?
Nipple correction surgery is usually performed as a “day surgery”, meaning you go home a few hours after your procedure. It is performed under a light anaesthetic and takes up to 60 minutes.
If you prefer, you may be able to have this surgery done in our rooms under local anaesthetic. This may save costs if you do not have private health insurance.
What is recovery like?
Dissolvable stitches are used and as such do not require removal. Swelling may last for several weeks, with most patients reporting mild discomfort, which can easily be controlled with pain medication. Patients generally return to work within two days.
Results: What and When?
You will see results immediately however swelling may last for several weeks.
When can I resume day-to-day activities?
Daily activities can usually be resumed within 24-48 hours.
What complications can arise from the procedure?
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. These include:
- Bruising, bleeding, heamotoma formation
- Anaesthetic problems
Risks and complications specific to nipple correction includes:
- Damage to the milk ducts, that may impact on your later ability to breast feed. This depends on several factors, including what surgical technique you require, and will be discussed in detail at your consultation.
- Re-inversion of the nipple – this may happen in up to 20% of corrections, and depends on several factors, including what surgical technique you require, and will be discussed in detail at your consultation.
- Potential changes to, or loss of nipple sensation
- Nipple necrosis (death of tissue) – this is a very rare complication, however is more likely if you smoke
Will this procedure leave scars?
Although scars are the inevitable result of any surgery, we make every effort to keep them as inconspicuous as possible. The scars fade over time and are located in such a way as to become less noticeable as they fade.
What else should I consider before having this surgery?
Emotional stability is the primary factor to be considered before any aesthetic surgery is performed. It is mostly your mental attitude that determines a successful outcome. Nipple Correction can improve your appearance and renew your self-confidence however the rest is entirely up to you.
Due to its effects on breastfeeding, we strongly advise to consider the importance of breastfeeding for you.
Any more questions?
Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions that you might have about this procedure. Our team will be happy to address any concerns that you may have.
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