Objective: To correct inverted nipples (also known as invaginated or retracted nipples) and allow the nipples to project normally.
Procedure duration: 20 minutes
Pain level: 2/10
Recovery time: 1 day
Resumption of physical activities: 1 day
Inverted nipple correction surgery is a procedure that allows a retracted or invaginated nipple to be “pulled out.”
It is important to first rule out breast cancer. While rare, the sudden invagination of a nipple may be a sign of breast cancer. But, for the most part, inverted nipples are quite common. They can however interfere with breastfeeding, pose certain hygiene issues, and cause psychological distress and discomfort regarding their appearance.
The procedure is done under local anaesthesia. Dr. Boudana will use an extremely fine needle and inject the area around the nipple.
Once the anaesthesia is injected, the surgeon makes two to four small 1- to 2-millimetre incisions along the edge of the nipple. The overly tight ducts, which cause the inversion, are gently released, allowing the nipple to project outward. The incisions are sewn up with absorbable stitches, which dissolve on their own.
After the surgery
We advise taking a day off for the procedure. You will likely be able to resume normal activities the day after the procedure with a moderate level of pain.
It is advisable not to put pressure on the nipple for three weeks.
Get a consultation
The consultation can take place in person at the clinic or remotely by videoconference.