Inverted & Flat Nipple Surgery

Many people feel embarrassed about their inverted nipples or flat nipples, which can also result in a lack of confidence, leaving them feeling self-conscious and insecure about their bodies.

Although it’s a subject that isn’t discussed as often as it should be, surgical nipple corrections are not at all uncommon. Correcting inverted and flat nipples is a quick and simple procedure which can be performed under local anaesthetic on women and men.

What causes a flat or inverted nipple?

Nipple inversion causes include:

  • When the breast ducts are too short.
  • Tightening of the duct’s tissue due to an imbalance in traction between them and the smooth muscle that keeps nipples erect.
  • Too much connective tissue in the nipple.

What are the three different grades of flat and inverted nipples?

  • Grade 1: The nipples occasionally become evert due to stimuli such as temperature or arousal. They can be made to protrude and stay that way, by manipulating them with your fingers. Breastfeeding is usually possible in this case.
  • Grade 2: Nipples can be made to protrude but won’t stay evert without finger pressure. Here breastfeeding can be problematic at times.
  • Grade 3: The nipples are completely retracted and flat. They can’t be pulled out even with physical manipulation. If the nipples are constricted, you may not be able to breastfeed.

Inverted Nipple Correction for Men

We are also able to perform inverted nipple correction for men who are experiencing flat or inverted nipple/s. The procedure is performed in the same way however no milk ducts are cut. In most cases, inverted nipples in men are caused by tethering, so whatever is holding the nipple in the inverted position will be cut.

We also have procedures for Enlarged Nipple Reduction.

How does inverted or flat nipple surgery work?

Consultant Plastic Surgeon explains how an inverted nipple correction procedure works to release the inverted nipple.