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Inverted nipple surgery

Inverted nipples usually develop during puberty and are the result of short milk ducts. Inverted nipple surgery restores nipples to a more normal appearance.

If you have had an inverted nipple since puberty there is unlikely to be an underlying medical problem.

However if it has happened more recently you should see your GP straight away to check whether the condition needs further treatment.

Why us

  • Fast access to treatment when you need it
  • Internationally and nationally renowned consultants
  • Clear, inclusive pricing
Typical Hospital Stay

Day case

Type of anaesthetic

General or local

Covered by health insurance?

You will need to check with your insurance provider

Procedure duration

30 minutes to 2 hours

Available to self-pay?


What is Inverted nipple surgery

Inverted nipple surgery restores nipples to a more normal appearance.

Many patients have reported feeling more self-confident about themselves and their bodies, giving them the confidence boost they needed to live their lives to the fullest after having this procedure.

The first step is to have an initial consultation with one of our experience Cosmetic Surgeons. If you would like to discuss your options, please contact our discreet Self-Pay team who will be happy to ask any questions you may have, or book you an appointment. Call 01424 757455 or complete our online enquiry form.

Before your treatment

You’ll be able to meet one of our experienced cosmetic surgeons in a private consultation room. There will be an opportunity to discuss:

• What you are hoping to achieve
• Your medical history
• The kind of tests may need to have before the procedure
• What’s involved in having the surgery, including the anaesthetic, and any risks and complications
• Any other questions or concerns you may have about your surgery and what happens afterwards

Your surgeon will also examine your nipples and may ask to take confidential photos for your medical records.

You won’t be put under pressure to make any decisions straight away. Your consultant will explain that even if you feel sure about what you’d like to do next, there’s at least a two-week cooling-off period before the operation in case you change your mind.

Before you go ahead with the operation, you may need to have a pre-operative assessment.

Your initial consultation at Sussex Premier Health will be with one of our expert Cosmetic Surgeons.

The procedure

Your surgeon will cut around your nipple so that it’s free from the surrounding tissue and re-stitch it so that it protrudes. The surgery can be performed under general anaesthetic which means you will be asleep during the procedure or under local anaesthetic when the area will be numb but you will be awake.

The surgery takes between 30 minutes and two hours.


After your procedure you will be taken to your private room with en-suite or comfortable area where you can rest and recuperate until we feel you’re ready to go home. Your consultant will come to check on you following your procedure and tell you how it went.

You will usually be able to go home later the same day, you will need to arrange for a friend or family member to pick you up.

You can return to normal activities almost immediately but should restrain from heavy exercise for the first few weeks. Your surgeon will advise you on when it will be suitable for you to undertake strenuous activity again and you should only drive when you are comfortable you can perform an emergency stop.

You might experience some initial tightness and bruising after the operation. Taking over the counter medication will help relieve any pain. If you need to continue to take pain medication, please follow the advice given by the hospital.

Scarring is usually minimal though breastfeeding cannot be guaranteed after the procedure because the milk ducts will usually have been cut during surgery and will no longer be intact.

Your surgery will be performed by your consultant surgeon.

All of our consultants are of the highest calibre and benefit from working in our modern well-equipped hospitals.

Our consultants have high standards to meet often holding specialist NHS posts and delivering expertise in complex sub-specialty surgeries.

Many of our consultants have international reputations for their research in their specialised field.

Your consultant will tell you how to prepare for the surgery.

You’ll have an appointment with our pre-assessment nurser who will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.

On rare occasions, complications following inverted nipple surgery can occur.

The complications depend upon the type of operation you have and also your general health – your surgeon will explain how the complications and risks apply to you.

If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to us, we’re here to help.

Interested in finding out more?

Speak to a member of our team

Phone01424 757400

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