A condition in which a portion or entire nipple is buried below the level of the aerola. This condition can vary from mild to severe problem. It is quite a common condition . The milk ducts are small and do not allow the nipples to protrude naturally. This deformity can cause functional, aesthetic as well as psychological problems.

Although most cases are congenital(since birth) acquired cause include previous mastitis or some drainage procedures.

Who needs Inverted Nipple Correction

  • Inability to nurse the baby
  • No improvement with non surgical devices
  • Self conscious or depressed with the appearance


Inverted Nipple Reduction is usually done as a day care procedure under local anesthesia. The procedure involves making small incisions and releasing the ducts that pull the nipple inwards. The techniques vary depending on the grade of nipple inversion. Mild grade , the nipple can be pulled out and it stays in that position for a while. This can be corrected using a purse string suture. In Moderatre grade, nipple can be pulled out but do not maintain the projection and go back again. This involves releasing the fibrotic bands, trying to preserve the ducts and suturing the nipple Severe grade-nipple cannot be pulled out manually. This needs more extensive release of fibrotic bands with dermal flaps to correct the inversion.

Possible Side Effects

  • Seroma
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Nipple re-inversion