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Inverted Nipple Correction

Inverted Nipple Correction at Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre

Length of Surgery

1-2 Hours

Inverted Nipple Correction

     Short and


Price Range

Plus HST

Summary of Surgery:

Inverted nipples is a painless condition where the nipples does not assume the natural protrusion causing breasts to look distorted.  Individuals may feel embarrassed from this and nipple inversion correction are for women who are seeking to alter look of their nipples.

Type of Anesthesia:

Local Anesthesia 

Recovery Period:

2-3 days off from work

1-2 weeks before resuming physical activity

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What is Inverted Nipple
Correction Surgery?

Inverted nipples are a relatively common condition that is the result of short milk ducts in the breasts. These short milk ducts pull on the outer nipple, inverting it.  Other causes of nipple inversion include breastfeeding and breast sagging as a result of aging. Men, although more rarely, can also be affected by inverted nipples caused by a natural anomaly or the attachment of the nipple to the muscle.

This surgery functions to release the tissue beneath the nipples that is causing the nipple to be pulled into the breasts.  Please note that if you are experiencing sudden changed to the nipple, the breasts should be examined by your physician to rule out dangerous causes such as breast cancer that affects the milk ducts leading to nipple inversion.

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Suitable Candidates

Candidates for inverted nipple correction are both men and women who are in overall good health and have nipples that are inverted some or all of the time. For some individuals, nipple inversion occurs while the nipples are not stimulated. Others may experience it at all times, even during stimulation. It is necessary for Dr. Chivers to examine you and determine exactly what level of nipple inversion you are experiencing (grading) in order to tailor the procedure to correct your condition.

Procedural Details

Inverted nipple correction surgery is a minor cosmetic surgical procedure that is performed under local anesthesia. In some cases, the severity of the condition, or if this surgery is performed in conjunction with other  cosmetic surgical procedures, this procedure may be performed under general anesthesia.


During this procedure, a small incision is made near your nipple and the shortened tethering milk duct is dissected.  The nipple is tacked to ensure that the condition does not reoccur during the healing process and incisions are closed.   The surgery takes less than one hour and patients are able to return home and go back to work within a couple days.

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Recovery time for inverted nipple correction is fairly quick.  You will be able to drive and return to work the very next day after the surgery. Pain and swelling in your breasts should be minimal and can easily be relieved by over-the-counter painkillers.


You will experience continued tenderness in your nipples for a few weeks.  You will prescribed a moderate prescription pain medication after surgery.  A will need to wait a month before you can engage in strenuous activities.  It is recommended during the first two weeks that you wear a soft sports bra, instead of a traditional bra. If you should experience any problems or have any questions during your recovery, the helpful staff of the Canadian Plastic Surgery Centre are readily available to provide assistance.

Post-op Instructions at a Glance
  • After surgery, you will find paper strips over the incision around your nipples.  You can shower with the paper strips in place and you should pat them dry after you shower.  The paper strips should remain in place and will fall off on their own.

  • You can shower the day following your surgery and should gently wash the wounds with soap and water.  DO NOT bath, swim or soak your incisions in a pool of water for 2 weeks after surgery.

  • You will have a follow-up 10-14 days after your surgery to remove any stitches 

  • You should refrain from vigorous activity for about 2-4 weeks after your surgery.

  • You should wear a sports bra for 2 weeks after your surgery until after your follow-up apointment

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Helpful Links

Consent form and Lists of Complications:

Inverted Nipple Correction Surgery

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