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This can cause both aesthetic and functional concerns.

Surgeons perform nipple correction to address inverted nipples. This involves altering the size, shape, or position of the nipples. Dr Jeremy Richardson will tailor the procedure to your needs.

What is Inverted Nipple Correction?

Inward-pointing nipples usually occur due to naturally short nipple ducts, which pull the nipples inward. The condition can result from breastfeeding, infection, or previous surgery. Also, the condition can cause functional issues, such as difficulty breastfeeding, skin irritation, and pain. Although it is common in women, it can affect men, too. Changing the shape and projection of the nipples can achieve an “outward” appearance.

What to Expect During Your Consultation

Before the procedure, you will need to consult with Dr Richardson to discuss your condition, goals, and medical history. Suitable candidates for inverted nipple correction are non-smokers, at a stable weight, and are overall healthy. Female candidates should also have fully developed breasts before seeking surgery.

During your initial meeting, we will discuss your condition and surgical options. We will also explain the surgery to give you a clear idea of what to expect, both before and after. You can ask us any further questions to ensure you are well-informed.

The Procedure

Inverted nipple correction will vary from patient to patient, depending on their concerns and desired outcomes. This procedure can be performed under a local or general anaesthetic. The most suitable type of anaesthetic for you will be discussed at your consultation.

The procedure works to release the shortened milk ducts that cause the nipple to invert. Surgeons use two general techniques to do this: one involves the division of milk ducts, and the other leaves them intact. Dr Richardson will help you decide which approach is suitable for your specific case. Once the nipple has been “released,” your incision will be closed with sutures.

Cost of Inverted Nipple Correction

Fees are determined on a case-by-case basis. It can depend on the location, the medications, and whether you require local or general anaesthesia. It can also depend on the extent of your condition and the surgical technique of correction. Since some procedures may be classed as “medical” in nature, Medicare may cover a portion of your fee. We can discuss this further during your initial meeting with us.

Your Personal Consultation

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Your personal consultation is the first step to finding the right procedure for you. Dr Jeremy Richardson is a highly skilled Specialist Plastic Surgeon, dedicated to providing quality results and a positive patient experience.

Book your appointment to
  • Discuss your physical concerns and goals
  • Receive an outline of your surgical options
  • Get quality advice from a Specialist Plastic Surgeon
  • Receive a customised treatment plan
  • Meet Dr Richardson’s Patient Coordinator and team who will support you through your journey


Dr Richardson will apply dressings and instruct you on ensuring proper healing. Patients can go home right after their procedure, but we advise that they have a friend or family member drive them home.

You may have some mild swelling and pain, but we can help you manage this with painkillers. Patients can shower the day after their surgery and resume their normal activities. However, your nipples might be sensitive for a while after the procedure. This means you should not cause further injury to your operated sites while they heal. Generally, patients can expect the following:

  • Some pain and bruising in the first one to two days
  • Resume light movement, such as walking one week after surgery.
  • Resume daily tasks such as driving after two weeks, subject to Dr Richardson’s advice.
  • Refrain from strenuous exercise for four to six weeks.

Risks and Complications

Before surgery, you should be aware of the risks involved. You can reduce risks by adhering to Dr Richardson’s post-op advice. Risks of the surgery can include:

  • Bleeding and infection
  • Reactions to anaesthesia
  • Breastfeeding issues
  • Visible scars

Although the procedure aims to yield permanent results, there can be cases of reoccurrence. If you notice any issues after the surgery, consult Dr Richardson.

Inverted Nipple Correction FAQ

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