Inverted Nipple Repair

An inverted nipple repair surgery corrects the typically benign condition of the nipples being pulled in or flattened on the breast.

Inverted Nipple Repair Overview - 966

The Skinny

Average Recovery

2 weeks




Minor Surgical Procedure




$2000 - $4000

The Specifics

What is an inverted nipple repair surgery?

An inverted nipple repair surgery is a plastic surgery procedure to correct the appearance of a flat nipple or pulled in nipple. Nipple inversions are categorized by degree of inversion as level one, two, or three. Level one is considered a shy nipple in that it responds to manual stimulation. Level two describes nipple tissue that can be manually pulled out without significant resistance. Level three nipples remain inverted and cannot be physically moved.

The Anatomy of the Female Breast

Female Breast Anatomy Cross Section Illustration

There are two techniques to correct nipple inversions. For women who would like to breastfeed there is a partial preservation of the milk ducts technique with incisions at the base of the nipple. Women who do not plan to breastfeed can have an alternative method that involves milk duct detachment. Both inverted nipple repair surgeries free the nipple to become erect at rest and with nipple stimulation.

Of note, it is important to consult with your women's health provider regarding nipple problems or nipple discharge as this can be a sign of breast cancer.

What cosmetic concerns does an inverted nipple repair surgery treat?

  1. Nipple Shape & Size: By altering the breast tissue and possibly the milk ducts, an Inverted Nipples Surgery releases the nipple to protrude on the breast.
  2. Mommy Makeover: Inverted nipples may occur as a result of breastfeeding and this can be corrected through an inverted nipple procedure to restore appearance and function.

Who is the ideal candidate for an inverted nipple repair surgery?

The ideal candidate for an inverted nipple repair surgery has one or both of their nipples flat or inverted and is seeking surgical correction. An Inverted Nipples Surgery is not recommended for those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or those who plan to breastfeed in the future.

What is the average recovery associated with an inverted nipple repair surgery?

Most patients experience one to two weeks of acute recovery following an inverted nipple repair surgery. The majority of candidates return to work after a few days, although strenuous activity should be avoided for one to two weeks. Most individuals are fully recovered within four weeks.

What are the potential side effects of an inverted nipple repair surgery?

Possible side effects following an inverted nipple repair surgery include infection, asymmetry, scarring, changes in sensation, poor nipple position, and the inability to breastfeed.

What can someone expect from the results of an inverted nipple repair surgery?

The results of an inverted nipple repair surgery are immediate and permanent improvements to the aesthetic, and possibly function of the nipple.

What is the average cost of an inverted nipple repair surgery?

An inverted nipple repair surgery can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000. The actual cost of an inverted nipple repair surgery is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.


  • Improved Aesthetics
  • Permanent


  • Compromised Ability To Breastfeed

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

Nipple reduction surgery involves decreasing the size of protruding or disproportionately large nipples and trimming excess tissue to create an aesthetically balanced breast. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a nipple reduction.

The Takeaway

An inverted nipple repair surgery is a breast surgery to correct flat nipples or an issue with how the nipple protrudes to improve the overall aesthetic of the nipple and its response to nipple stimulation.

Is this article helpful?

To learn more about our content creation practices, visit our Editorial Process page.

Source List


AEDIT uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy.

  1. Mayo Clinic Enlarged Breasts in Men


‘Try on’ aesthetic procedures and instantly visualize possible results with AEDIT and our patented 3D aesthetic simulator.

App QR Code