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Inverted Nipple Correction

Many people all over the UK have at least one inverted nipple. Inverted nipples are a common condition whereby your nipple points inwards rather than outwards.

Inverted Nipple Correction

I had my breast & nipple reduction surgery on December 17th 2021 and it’s the best thing I have ever done. The staff at Manchester Private Hospital were amazing from my initial consultation through to my follow up appointments with my nurse Carla, who is brilliant by the way and always on hand for advice. I am so so happy with my results hands down Mr Shivram Singh is an artist my new boobs are perfect!

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Surgery Time

30 Minutes

Results Seen

2-4 Months

Back To Work

1 Week

Pain Level


Hospital Stay

Day Case


On Consultation

mr shivram singh consultant cosmetic surgeon

Medically reviewed by Mr Shivram Singh MBBS, FRCSI, FRCS (Plast), Medical Director & Lead, 

Medical Advisory Committee for Manchester Private Hospital

Last Reviewed September 27th 2022

Correction of Inverted Nipples

Many people all over the UK have at least one inverted nipple. Inverted nipples are a common condition whereby your nipple points inwards rather than outwards.

The majority of people who suffer from inverted nipples are born with the condition and it can affect both men and women.


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There are currently 3 grades of an inverted nipple used to define how serious the condition is. These include:

Grade 1 – The nipple is inverted to some degree but can be pulled out easily using the finger. Grade 1 nipples look almost like a typical nipple in appearance but may sometimes point inwards. Milk ducts are not affected and females can still breast feed. They are commonly referred to as shy nipples and surrounding tissue damage is usually not present in the breast. There is also no sign of tissue deficiency of or around the nipple.

Grade 2 – The nipple is inverted and whilst pulling it out is a possibility, it usually retracts as soon as it is released, causing it to point inwards for the majority of the time. Females who have grade 2 inverted nipples can still usually breastfeed, but it is more difficult, especially for a new born baby to ‘latch on’. In addition, the milk ducts are usually inverted too, but do not require surgery to function.

Grade 3 – The nipple is inverted all of the time and cannot usually be pulled out using the finger or pressure / stimulation. Surgery is usually required to make the nipple point outwards. Breastfeeding is very difficult and the milk ducts are often compromised. However, whilst difficult, it is still possible to breastfeed as milk production is not affected. Following childbirth and breastfeeding, some women find that their nipples point inwards less or may even point outwards permanently.

About Nipple Correction Procedures

Depending on the extent of your inverted nipples, surgery is usually a minor procedure that is carried out using local anaesthetic.

The procedure takes under 30 minutes to perform in most instances and no overnight stay in hospital is required.

Patients are treated for inverted nipples as an outpatient, meaning that you can return home the same day, usually within a few hours after your minor operation.



The surgical procedure itself is performed by making a cut around the nipple and separating the necessary tissue and ducts within the breast. The nipple is then positioned correctly and stitched with dissolvable stitches to keep it in place.

This cosmetic procedure is considered a minor operation and there are low risks associated with it.


There are many advantages to undergoing nipple correction surgery. As each individual patient is different, the way in which it can impact on their life varies. For example, some people may be embarrassed to get naked in a dressing room or in front of their partners because of their inverted nipple. Whereas others may simply dislike the way they look to themselves in the mirror and dents their self confidence.

Feeling self conscious can influence a patients like in many ways and often affects the decisions they can make in life, such as career, the clothes they wear and partners.

Correcting inverted nipples can take away the embarrassment and feelings of self conscious along with opening doors on new job opportunities, the clothes worn at work / on a night out and even their love-life. Often some patients are so embarrassed by their nipples that they will ensure they are covered at all times and avoid tight clothing.

Patients who have undergone nipple correction surgery frequently report a boost in confidence and are generally much happier with the way the breasts look.

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Recovery And Complications

Nipple correction surgery is known for having a quick recovery period and minimal aftercare is required.

The most common side effect of nipple surgery is discomfort – which is mild – and some pain that can be dealt with using painkillers if required.

Following this procedure, it is advised that the patient should rest at home for at least 24 hours and can expect to be back in work within 24-48 hours. However, as long as you are comfortable and not in any pain, you may return to work and resume normal activities sooner.

Another side effect that patients are made aware of before undergoing nipple surgery is the likelihood of breastfeeding in the future.

Breastfeeding can be affected depending on what grade your inverted nipples are.

For this reason, some patients decide to wait until they have finished their motherhood period before undergoing surgery.

However, during a consultation, your surgeon will discuss this with you and any plans you have for the future depending on your age and life goals.

Here are the main points to observe for recovery and side effects:

  • Patients can usually return to work after 24-48 hours.
  • Strenuous activities should be avoided for 2-3 weeks.
  • Padding / soft clothing can be worn to avoid chafing.
  • Dressings will need to be worn for the first 7 days post surgery.
  • It is common to experience some slight swelling and bleeding around the nipple along with some slight bruising.
  • Some creams can be used to keep the surrounding skin moisturised to help with any discomfort, but always check with your consultant about the type of cream you intend to use.
  • Full results of surgery should be visible within 4-6 weeks and you will be able to see a clear difference in how your nipple points outwards as oppose to inwards pre-surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  Why Do I Have Inverted Nipples?

The two most common reasons for inverted nipples are that you are born with them, or you have an imbalance between the ducts in your breast and the muscle. When the muscle contracts it can cause the nipple to point inward more than usual.

  Are Inverted Nipples Associated With Cancers?

Typically, inverted nipples are not a sign of any cancers, especially if it is something you have always had. However, any noticeable changes in your nipple or if there is discharge, it can sometimes indicate a tissue abnormality in the breast and you should see a doctor as soon as possible to discuss.

  Is Breastfeeding Possible With An Inverted Nipple?

Patients with any grade nipple inversion, be it 1, 2 or 3 can still breastfeed. However, depending on the extent of the inverted nipple it can affect your ability to breastfeed. Latching is sometimes more difficult for new born babies.

  Who Can I Discuss My Inverted Nipple With?

Booking a consultation is the perfect way to get all of the necessary information needed to make an informed decision on whether or not to undergo nipple surgery. Extensive research is also a good idea so that you can attend your consultation with as much knowledge as possible. This helps the consultation be more productive on both sides, including answering any questions you may have.

  Is Surgery The Only Way To Correct Inverted Nipples?

Depending on the grade of the inverted nipple, surgery is often the only permanent solution to correcting inverted nipples. For some grade 1 inversions, a small tool known as a niplette can be used. A niplette is a small cup that is placed over the nipple to gradually stretch the skin and ducts within the breast.

  Can Inverted Nipples Correct Themselves Naturally?

Sometimes people with inverted nipples notice that they look less prominent as they get older. This is because the body naturally changes depending on lifestyle and diet. In addition, women who have breastfed their baby occasionally notice that there inverted nipples remain outward pointing and do not retract.

  Will My Nipples Feel Different After Surgery?

Nipple sensation can be affected following recovery from surgery. However, this is a rare side effect and is not something commonly reported. During surgery, the muscle below the nipple is not affected, so there should be no change in the way your nipple feels in response to touch and temperature.

   Does Surgery Leave Scars On The Nipple?

As with any wound, scars can occur where an incision has been made. However, depending on the surgical technique, the incisions made are only very small and the body should be able to heal well, meaning any scarring will fade over time.

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Meet Our Surgeons

Mr Shivram Singh

Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgeon​ Mr Singh is a Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Birmingham. His NHS practice includes major reconstruction following Skin and Breast cancer surgeries and trauma. He is a well established microsurgeon and regularly performs microvascular reconstruction.
Mr Shivram Singh

Ms Nabila Nasir

Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon Ms Nabila Nasir is an experienced Consultant Oncoplastic Breast surgeon at Manchester Foundation Trust. She was appointed as an NHS consultant in 2011 after completing higher surgical training in London. Ms Nasir trained in many reputable Oncoplastic Breast Units in London and South of England including the Royal Marsden. During her training, she has done MSc in evidenced based health and is a principal investigator for research trials at her trust.
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Mr Peter Yiannoullou

Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon MBBS BSc FRCS Mr. Yiannoullou is a specialist breast surgeon. He is a Consultant Breast and Oncoplastic Surgeon at St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust, a specialist centre for reconstructive breast surgery. His practice focuses on all aspects of breast care ranging from diagnosis to surgical treatment of breast problems.
Mr Petros Yiannoullou

Mr Adeyinka (Ade) Molajo

Consultant Plastic Surgeon MBChB, BSc(Medical Science), MRCS, MBA, FRCS(Plast) Mr Adeyinka (Ade) Molajo is a UK Trained Consultant Plastic Surgeon. He is a substantive NHS Consultant specialising in breast reconstruction. He studied medicine at St Andrews (BSc Medical Science) and Manchester University (MBChB) Medical Schools.He undertook specialist plastic surgery training in Liverpool,Manchester and London. After completing the FRCS(Plast) examination he gained entry to the GMC specialist register (Plastic Surgery).
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Mr Syed Haroon Ali Shah

Consultant Cosmetic Surgeon Mr Shah qualified as a doctor in 1991 and was trained in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Pakistan in surgery. He is also trained in laser treatment for aesthetic. Since 2009 he is working as a surgeon in Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery department of Royal Preston Hospital Preston, Lancashire UK. Previously he has worked for more than 10 years in several positions in Ireland and another 7 years in Pakistan.
Mr Syed Haroon Ali Shah

Mr Syed Yawar

MBBS, FRCS Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon After graduation in Medicine, completed Surgical Fellowship from Royal College of Surgeon Ireland in 1995. Trained in all aspects of Plastic & Reconstructive surgery, working in reputable hospitals of Ireland till 1999. In 2000 joined a UK University Hospital as Associate Specialist in Plastic Surgery, running clinics and operating independently on aesthetic cases eg. breast reduction / mastopexy, otoplasty & various uplift procedures post bariatric surgery.
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