Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

Inverted Nipple Surgery

There are procedures available to correct inverted or protruding nipples. They aim to improve the appearance of the breast by making the nipples more symmetrical and increase or decrease how one or both nipples project.

During your consultation at RPS Australia our surgeon will discuss your options.


What is Surgery for Inverted nipples?

Surgery for inverted nipples aims to improve the appearance of the breasts by increasing the projection of one or both nipples and make them more symmetrical. During inverted nipple surgery an incision is made at the base of the nipple, across the nipple or around the areola. This will allow the nipple to protrude and heal in this new position. Some patients may trial nipplettes or similar devices to help the nipples to protrude without the need for surgery and these may also be helpful post-operatively to manage possible scar tissue.

Recovery and Rehabilitation

After inverted nipple surgery it’s common to experience some pain, bruising and swelling. We will provide you with an elastic dressing or surgical bra. This will help support your breast during the healing process. Dressings will be changed or removed over time.

You may need to take time off work to rest, how much time will depend on the scope of your procedure. We recommend no heavy lifting and to avoid strenuous exercise, sports, and swimming.

Your RPS Australia surgeon will work with you to prescribe pain relief as needed.


Notify your RPS team immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:

  • fever/high temperature – 38°C or higher
  • increasing pain or tenderness
  • increasing redness around incision site
  • heavy bleeding from incision site.
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What else you should know

How will my surgeon manage my post-operative care?

Your RPS Australia team will give you specific advice regarding your individual post-operative recovery. They will advise:

  • where you will go after your surgery
  • what medication you will be given or prescribed
  • what bandages and dressings you will need and when they’ll be removed
  • if you require stitches, when they’ll be removed
  • when you can get back to normal activity and exercise
  • when to book your follow-up care.
Will I need further surgery?

As with all surgical procedures, revisional surgery may be necessary to correct minor irregularities.

In most circumstances, correction of inverted nipple surgery does not need to be repeated. However, revisional surgery may be necessary to correct minor asymmetry, scars or recurrence.

What are some of the potential risks and complications?

Modern surgery is generally safe, but does have the potential for risks and complications to occur.
Some of the possible complications and risks associated with correction of inverted nipples may include:

  • bleeding from an operated site
  • infection that may require treatment with antibiotics or further surgery in some cases
  • allergic reaction to sutures, dressings or antiseptic solutions or allergic drug reactions
  • pain, bruising and swelling around the operated site
  • slow healing, often related to smoking or diabetes
  • short-term nausea following general anaesthesia and other risks related to general anaesthesia, such as deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  • changes in breast and nipple sensation
  • temporary or permanent areas of numbness
  • unacceptable scarring
  • breastfeeding difficulties, including reduced milk supply
  • asymmetry (unevenness) of the size or projection of the nipples
  • inadequate correction
  • recurrence of the problem.

Dr. Michael Findlay

Our Melbourne specialist

The team at RPS Melbourne are committed to providing you with the best possible outcome.

The extensive specialist skills of our surgical team ensure that you are provided with surgical options designed to maximise form and function.

Dr Michael Findlay holds an impressive array of academic credentials, extensive professional experience and a personal commitment to patient satisfaction.