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How to fix inverted or enlarged nipples?

Mrs Nothando (Noni) Zinyemba  |  RGN

Last Updated On: February 2, 2024 | Published On: January 29, 2015

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Even though most people haven’t heard a much about nipple correction as they have about breast augmentation surgery, the areola and nipple constitute one of the most essential cosmetic elements of the breast, and being self conscious about this area can be a source of unhappiness for women (and men).

Nipple correction surgery encompasses a number of different cosmetic procedures that are used to reduce enlarged nipples, correct inverted nipples, or to carry out an areola reduction. Nipple reconstruction is frequently performed for women who have had a mastectomy that included the loss of the areola and nipple. In addition, a growing number of women are seeking out nipple correction surgery to change the size or shape their nipples, solely for cosmetic purposes.

Nipple correction can have a positive impact by helping you feel more confident about the appearance of your breasts. Those who experience discomfort from their enlarged nipples will also benefit from corrective surgery. Your cosmetic surgeon will also be able to clearly define the benefit and the impacts of the procedure which could include the ability to breastfeed however in many cases this shouldn’t be a problem.

Nipple inversion is caused by an imbalance involving the inward traction of milk ducts and that of the muscle inside the nipple that causes nipple inversion. It’s the same muscle which contracts when you’re cold, causing the nipple to be more prominent. The severity of the nipple inversion can vary dramatically. The consultation you have with your surgeon will establish the grade of the nipple inversion. Inverted nipple correction can be performed as part of another breast surgical procedure like breast augmentation or on its own.


While there isn’t a perfect areola size persa, everyone has their own perception of what looks good, however a lot of women feel that theirs are too large. In some cases, large areolas are related to large breasts and in this case, both can be corrected concurrently with a breast lift or reduction. On the other hand, women who are just unhappy with their areola size, but not their breast size can opt for a simple procedure that will reduce the size of the areola alone.

The types of nipple correction surgery required will depend on the surgical techniques your physician decides to use after a thorough examination. You’ll be provided will all the details prior to having the procedure. In most cases you can anticipate that the surgery will take a minimum of an hour, carried out under local anesthetic, so you’ll be awake but won’t experience any pain. You can also ask for a mild sedative (in advance), which will help you feel a bit drowsy. Patients aren’t permitted to leave the hospital until they’re feeling good enough to do so and in most cases you won’t need to stay overnight.

It’s important that you do some research before you choose your nipple correction surgeon, making sure that they have a lot of experience when it comes to your specific procedure. Asking for referrals is a great way to start.

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