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Inverted nipples are corrected by using minimally invasive techniques to release the foreshortened tissues that tether nipple back into the breast. At Darren M. Smith, MD, we view inverted nipple procedures as a creative endeavor to improve a woman’s self-confidence by enhancing her physical beauty.

Dr. Darren Smith, MD, FACS

Dr. Darren Smith, MD, FACS

Inverted Nipple in NYC

Nipples that turn inward instead of outward (inverted nipples) can often be effectively corrected with a straightforward, rapid, surgical procedure that can drastically change the aesthetic of a woman’s breasts. If you feel self-conscious about your inverted nipples, you may be an ideal candidate for inverted nipple correction. 

Dr. Smith is an NYC-based plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic surgery. Inverted nipples are corrected by using minimally invasive techniques to release the foreshortened tissues that tether nipple back into the breast. At Darren M. Smith, MD, we view inverted nipple procedures as a creative endeavor to improve a woman’s self-confidence by enhancing her physical beauty. 

Inverted Nipple Types

Inverted nipples are graded from mild to severe. The classification of your particular nipple inversion helps Dr. Smith determine which procedure is right for you. Regardless of the type of inverted nipples you have, Dr. Smith uses a unique artistic and technical approach to inverted nipple correction to render the best results. 


Ideal candidates for nipple correction are the following:


Grade I: Mildly inverted nipples that come out occasionally without manipulation. 

Grade II: Moderately inverted nipples that require applying pressure around the areola to evert them. 

Grade III: Severely inverted nipples that do not come out at all, even when applying pressure to the areola. 



Nipple Correction & Breastfeeding: 

Dr. Smith’s patients often inquire about breastfeeding after getting an inverted nipple correction procedure.  It is important to realize that any  procedure to correct inverted nipples can potentially limit or eliminate your future ability to breastfeed. That being said, Dr. Smith will design your procedure in such a way as to maximize your potential for future breastfeeding. Women with more mild inverted nipple cases will have a greater chance of being able to breastfeed after inverted nipple surgery. Thesepatients can often have their issue corrected without destroying many milk ducts, thus preserving the potential for future breastfeeding. For moderate to severe nipple inversion, Dr. Smith may need to cut or divide the milk ducts to get your desired results, which could impact your ability to breastfeed. Before your procedure, Dr. Smith will carefully go over which type of approach will work best for your body, lifestyle, and future plans.



Inverted Nipple Correction Procedure – What Is It? 

Inverted nipple procedures in NYC with Darren M. Smith, MD, are done by placing a tiny incision at the base of the nipple. Dr. Smith uses small instruments, placed through this incision, to release or stretch the fibers and ducts that are tethering the nipple back into the breast.A suture or other device is used to secure the nipple in its new position. When the nipple heals, there will be virtually no visible signs of the procedure. 


What To Expect On Surgery Day?

Inverted nipple correction is an outpatient procedure performed at  Darren M. Smith, MD’s plastic surgery center in NYC. The procedure takes roughly 30 minutes and is usually performed using local anesthesia or light sedation to ensure you’re perfectly comfortable. Once Dr. Smith releases the tissue responsible for pulling your nipple inward, your nipples will naturally protrude outward. Very fine stitches or other methods are used to hold (and keep) your nipples in their new everted position. Expect to have surgical dressings over your nipples following the procedure. The dressings should be left on (usually for 48 hours) to protect your nipples during the recovery period. Patients will return home the same day following the surgery. We do advise not driving after the procedure as you may be taking pain medication.


Recovery After Nipple Correction

The recovery is rapid for nipple correction procedures. After being carefully monitored by Dr. Smith, you will be allowed to go home the same day. This is a minimally-invasive procedure without significant bruising or swelling for most. Moderate soreness following an inverted nipple correction is completely normal. Dr. Smith will give you instructions about how to take care of the site of your procedure. Most patients return to work the following day. You can resume light cardio exercise three days following your procedure. 

Please note that you should refrain from wearing compression garments (bras, sports bras, tight clothing) for three to four weeks  after your procedure. During the recovery period, you should wear only Camisole tops and loose-fitting clothing

Inverted Nipple Correction Consultation in NYC

If you’re interested in having an inverted nipple correction procedure or want to learn more, we suggest booking a consultation with Dr. Smith. During your consultation, Dr. Smith will determine if the procedure is right for you. We would be happy to see you in the office or by virtual visit.


Most likely, yes. In the past, nipple inversion surgery involved severing the milk ducts to release the nipple. Advanced surgical techniques today preserve the milk ducts and focus instead on releasing surrounding fibers holding the nipple in. The fibers are spread and stretched, not severed, through a small incision in the areola while the nipple is held in a projecting position.

Inverted nipple correction is a minimally-invasive procedure. Incisions are small and scarring is typically not noticeable. Incision lines are further disguised by the natural color variations and bumpy surfaces of the nipple and areola.

There are different levels of nipple inversion. Depending on the degree, non-surgical treatment may be an option in some cases. For example, a small fat graft, Juvéderm Voluma, or Radiesse may be injected under the nipple to help prevent it from contracting. In some instances, a small implant may be used as well.

Inverted nipples are often congenital – present at birth. When they appear later in life, it may an indication of an underlying medical condition, such as:

  • Mastitis (infection of the mammary gland)
  • Duct ectasia (abnormal dilation of a duct in the breast tissue)
  • Abscess under the areola
  • Breast surgery complications
  • Breast cancer


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