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Inverted Nipple Correction

Inverted Nipple Correction

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90% say it's "worth it"
Procedure Duration

Surgery Length

Less than 1 Hour



Discomfort Factor


Synopsis of Surgery

Surgically correcting an inverted nipple by relieving the connective tissue securing the nipple inward instead of pointing outward.


2 – 3 weeks until resuming physical exercise.

3 days off from work/household duties.



Alternative Names

Inverted Nipple Repair, Nipple Correction

Perhaps your inverted nipples make you feel self-conscious. Or perhaps you are planning on breastfeeding and hope that correcting your inverted nipples will make that easier. No matter what your reasons for having your inverted nipples corrected, Dr. Lista, Dr. Ahmad and Dr. Austin, highly experienced cosmetic surgery providers, can help you decide whether this surgery is right for you.

What Are Inverted Nipples?

Inverted nipples are very common. They occur when the nipple does not project normally because the ducts leading to the nipple are overly tight. This causes the nipple to be pulled into the surrounding areola. In severe cases, there may even be a depression at the centre of the areola.

Inverted nipples may make it difficult or impossible to breastfeed because the nursing baby cannot latch onto the breast and bring the nipple into its mouth. In rare cases this condition may also occur in men.

The following images are presented for educational purposes only and should be interpreted subjectively. They do not represent the opinion or view of any patient regarding their result, and they are not intended to suggest the result that may be achieved by any other patient. The images are presented as factual guidelines and merely represent results that have been achieved by others. No two patients are alike and no two results are necessarily alike. Only a personal consultation with your surgeon can provide you with a reasonable expectation of the results you may achieve from any specific procedure.

Experience and a Patient-Centered Approach

Toronto cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lista corrects approximately 100 to 200 nipple inversions per year, making him one of the most experienced plastic surgeons in the area in Canada.

Our goal is to make patients feel better about themselves by providing them with a simple and safe operation to correct this potentially embarrassing problem. Our inverted nipple correction patients are usually delighted with the quality of their care and thrilled with the improvement in their appearance.

How Inverted Nipple Correction is Performed

How Inverted Nipple Correction is PerformedInverted nipples can be corrected with a minor surgical procedure performed at The Plastic Surgery Clinic. This minor procedure is usually performed under local anesthetic, although some patients prefer to be totally asleep under a general anesthetic. In either case there is no pain during the procedure.

In this operation a tiny, 2 mm incision is placed along the edge of the nipple. The overly tight ducts, which are the cause of the inversion, are then gently released. This allows the nipple to immediately project normally.

After undergoing inverted nipple correction, patients can see the improvement right away. A single small absorbable stitch is then placed along the edge of the incision. The suture dissolves in about a week. The scar is usually invisible.

Meeting With Your Inverted Nipple Correction Surgeon

Your consultation with your inverted nipple correction surgeon will occur in the location that best meets your needs – in either one of our modern clinics in downtown Toronto or Mississauga.

We encourage you to bring a list of questions. We would be thrilled to answer all your questions, because we truly believe a well-informed cosmetic surgery patient is a happy patient. At the end of your consultation you will be able to book your operation for another day.

Recovery Following an Inverted Nipple Correction

If patients are placed under general anesthetic, they will need to have someone pick them up and take them home.

Recovery following inverted nipple correction is very simple. Patients can start showering the day following surgery. We ask that our inverted nipple correction patients gently wash the area with soap and water regularly and then apply an antibiotic ointment.

There may be minor oozing for a few days following surgery. Usually, patients require just a light pad inside the bra for a few days. Patients may return to work the following day but should take about 2 weeks before engaging in any vigorous exercise.

Risks and Complications of Inverted Nipple Correction

Every operation has risks and complications but these are all very rare with nipple correction surgery. Such risks include infection, bleeding, loss of sensation and inability to breastfeed.

Before your surgery, our inverted nipple correction specialists, Dr. Frank Lista, Dr. Jamil Ahmad or Dr. Ryan Austin, will discuss these risks with you.

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Your Results

You will see the improvement in your nipple appearance right away. There will be some slight swelling and bruising for about a week after the surgery.

Most of our inverted nipple correction patients are happier about how they look both dressed and undressed, and are generally more confident in their appearance.

View our inverted nipple correction photo gallery to see photos of patients who have had corrective surgery. We will provide a larger selection of photos to you in-clinic when you come in for a free consultation with one of our surgeons.

Cost of Inverted Nipple Correction

Inverted nipple correction is generally considered to be a form of cosmetic surgery. Because of this, provincial and company insurance plans do not usually cover the costs of the procedure. For the convenience of our patients, we have several financing plans available through major lending institutions that specialize in financing for medical and cosmetic procedures. All the same, most patients happily discover that the cost of inverted nipple surgery is very affordable. Many people have come to recognize that cosmetic surgery is a lasting investment in their own happiness and self-confidence rather than simply an expense.

There are different degrees of nipple inversion and the correctional surgery differs for each patient. Please contact us by phone or e-mail for more information about the cost of the procedure. You can also use the Request for Information form on this page to get in touch with us. If you are looking for a more exact estimate, your surgeon will be able to give you details specific to your case at the end of your free consultation.

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