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Correction of Inverted Nipples at MACS Clinic

Posted on: 15 Mar 2024

What is an Inverted Nipple?

Inverted nipples occur when the nipple is pulled inward into the breast instead of pointing outward. This can happen naturally or develop over time due to various factors. Inverted nipples can range from mild to severe, with different degrees of inversion.

Grading of an Inverted Nipple:

Grade 1: Nipples can be pulled inward but may also protrude at times, often described as “shy” nipples.

Grade 2: Nipples naturally invert but can be temporarily pulled outward. They may appear everted when pulled out but gradually revert to an inverted state.

Grade 3: Present from birth, these nipples do not protrude even with cold or stimulation. They are deeply inverted due to shorter ligaments in the breast tissue.

Useful information for patients seeking Correction of an Inverted Nipple:

Difficulty with Breastfeeding:

Inverted nipples can make breastfeeding challenging due to difficulty with latching and inadequate milk transfer.

Hygiene Concerns and Odour:

Inverted nipples have a tendency to trap moisture and debris, which can create hygiene concerns and promote bacterial growth. This accumulation of moisture and debris may lead to a foul odour, causing discomfort and embarrassment for individuals affected by this condition.

Self-Consciousness and Body Image Issues:

Having inverted nipples can lead to feelings of embarrassment, dissatisfaction, and discomfort, particularly in intimate situations. Individuals may feel self-conscious, especially when wearing tight clothing or engaging in activities like swimming or beach holidays. These feelings can impact confidence and may affect how individuals perceive themselves in social settings

Limited Sensation or Stimulation:

For some people with inverted nipples, reduced sensation or stimulation in the nipple area may occur. This can affect their sexual experiences, intimacy, and overall satisfaction, potentially causing emotional distress.

Difficulty in Diagnosis and Awareness:

Inverted nipples might not draw attention if they don’t cause discomfort, which could delay their diagnosis and treatment. However, they can serve as an early indicator of breast cancer, underscoring the importance of timely detection and intervention. These inverted nipples can emerge during childhood, after childbirth, or due to breast cancer, emphasizing the significance of awareness and prompt diagnosis.

Emotional Impact and Psychological Distress:

Inverted nipples may lead to feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression, which can affect emotional well-being. This may result in lowered self-esteem and confidence, impacting overall quality of life. Seeking emotional support and professional help is crucial in coping with the psychological impact of inverted nipples

Potential Complications:

Long-standing inverted nipples can lead to infection, pain, and discomfort, necessitating proper hygiene and care. Lack of nipple hygiene can cause foul-smelling discharge and pus formation, highlighting the importance of observing proper hygiene practices to prevent complications.

Steps for booking a consultation with Mr. Shailesh Vadodaria at MACS Clinic

You can contact us by calling on 020 7078 4378 or 07792 648 726(WhatsApp) or email us at Alternatively, you can fill in your details via our contact form on Our admin staff will respond and offer you a free or complimentary video or face-to-face consultation with our senior consultant plastic surgeon, Mr. Shailesh Vadodaria. Additionally, our staff will also send you a detailed information factsheet about correction of Inverted nipple reduction so that you can have a better insight about this procedure.

During your free consultation, our senior consultant plastic surgeon, Mr. Shailesh Vadodaria, will explain you all the aspects of Correction of Inverted Nipples procedure. He will discuss potential risks, complications, and post-operative care. Additionally, Mr. Vadodaria will show you all the representative before and after photos/videos of inverted nipple correction patients from his practice. Following the consultation, our admin staff will send you a procedure estimate, allowing you to plan accordingly.

Cost of Inverted Nipple Correction at MACS Clinic

The cost for this procedure ranges from £1500 to £2500. Several factors influence the final cost, including whether the correction is unilateral or bilateral, the type of anaesthetics used during the procedure, and your choice of clinic or hospital.

Once you have received the final cost estimate and discussed the procedure with Mr. Vadodaria during your consultation, you can make an informed decision about whether you wish to proceed with the inverted nipple correction procedure. If you decide to move forward, our admin staff will organize the procedure for you. They will coordinate with the theatre to schedule your procedure based on availability.

What to expect on the day of your operation for correction of Inverted Nipples at MACS Clinic?

You will have to complete the consent process to ensure you fully understand the treatment and its potential risks. Additionally, as per National Government Law, a pregnancy test will be conducted. The procedure itself will be performed by Mr. Shailesh Vadodaria under local anaesthetic as a day case. This procedure will take approximately 20 to 40 minutes. Dissolving sutures will be used, eliminating the need for suture removal. You will receive a post-operative information leaflet to guide you through the recovery process.

What post-operative care you need to take after the Correction of Inverted Nipples procedure at MACS Clinic?

You are advised to use pain killer (analgesic) tablets to relieve pain and use antibiotic tablets and ointment for infection control ( prophylaxis). You need to refrain from applying pressure to the corrected nipples for at least 6 weeks to prevent disruption to the healing process. You will have to maintain good hygiene by keeping the treated area clean and dry. You need to avoid any strenuous activities and heavy lifting for the first few weeks following the procedure to prevent strain on the treated area. You need to keep an eye out for signs of infection, such as increased redness, swelling, pain, or discharge from the surgical site. If you notice any concerning symptoms, contact us immediately.

Our staff will schedule follow-up appointments with Mr. Shailesh Vadodaria at 1 week and 6 weeks after the procedure.

For more information about Correction of Inverted Nipples visit: or or contact MACS Clinic at 020 7078 4378 or 07792 648726.