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Inverted Nipple Correction – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who’s Nipple Correction Surgery for?

Nipple Correction surgery is a highly popular procedure for women with “puffy” areola and/or inverted nipples.

“Puffy” areola (also known as Protuberant Areola) puts a cone-like cap on the breasts that some women find unattractive. Revitalize Reconstructive Consultant Plastic Surgeons can perform a simple, routine procedure to flatten the areola and beautify the breasts.

Inverted nipples can cause a great deal of distress for some women, leading to problems when breast-feeding as well as self-consciousness about their appearance.

Most cases of inverted nipples are congenital — some people are just born that way. However, some nipples become inverted after breastfeeding when scar tissue builds in the milk ducts. Nipples that become inverted after birth are usually caused by one of three things: not enough skin at the base of the nipple, constricted milk ducts, or scarring of the milk ducts due to breastfeeding.

An inverted nipple may appear flat or as a hole or slit-like depression. Nipple correction surgery can restore the nipple to a naturally projecting, beautiful appearance.

What is nipple reduction surgery?

Nipple reduction is used to either reshape nipples or reduce the areola, as some women’s nipples may fold over or even hang down, as a result of a woman’s development or as a side effect of breastfeeding.

What should I know about Nipple Correction Surgery?

Before you decide to go ahead with nipple correction surgery, Revitalize will organise a thorough one-to-one medical consultation with a surgeon who specialises in nipple correction procedures. During the consultation, you will be asked about the results you would like to achieve from the nipple correction surgery, to help your surgeon to understand your expectations and determine whether they can realistically be achieved.

How is Nipple Correction Surgery performed?

Your surgeon will discuss with you the particular method that she or he recommends for achieving the best result in your case. Nipple correction surgery is a common procedure and is performed under a local anaesthetic. Patients can normally go home after a short rest period following surgery.

In other cases, a general anaesthetic is administered so that you will be asleep throughout the procedure. In this case, you should be prepared to spend one night in hospital.

Are there any risks with Nipple Correction?

Fortunately, significant complications from nipple corrective surgery are infrequent. Every year, many people undergo successful nipple surgery and experience no major problems and are delighted with the results. Anyone considering surgery, however, should be aware of both the benefits and the risks. Your surgeon will discuss these with you during your consultation.

After Nipple Correction Surgery when can I resume normal activities?

Many patients are able to return to work and resume most of their normal activities, including some form of mild exercise within a few days.


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We have clinics in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Stirling.  Our clinics offer appointment times to suit and we will make every effort to make you feel comfortable.

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