Treatment guide

Nipple Correction Surgery

If you're unhappy with your breasts, it can have a huge impact on your self-confidence. A large proportion of women and men suffer from asymmetrical, inverted or protruding nipples, which not only affects your self-image but can also be a source of pain and discomfort. Nipple correction surgery is a common procedure that can be performed under a local anaesthetic, and recovery is usually quick. Whether your surgery reduces the height and width of your nipple or corrects a nipple inversion, the procedure offers a simple solution that will restore your confidence and give you natural-looking nipples.

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Nipple Correction Surgery Quick Details


  • Patients who are suffering from pain or discomfort due to an issue with their nipples.

  • Patients who are suffering from a lack of confidence due to inverted or oversized nipples.


  • Nipple correction surgery usually takes around one hour.


  • Nipple correction surgery is a relatively straightforward procedure, with a short recovery period of about one to two days.


  • Nipple correction surgery has a high rate of success, with around 97.8% of patients on average being pleased with the results of their procedure.


  • Scarring

  • Pain

  • Infection

  • Asymmetry of the nipples

  • Nipple could invert once again

  • The milk duct could be damaged, which would hinder any future breastfeeding.


Nipple Correction Surgery Costs

The price you pay for a nipple correction surgery can vary depending on where you have the treatment and the specific clinic and doctor that you choose. To give you some initial ideas, we've outlined some average starting prices for the treatment across a number of different countries. These prices are not fixed or guaranteed and may vary based on a number of individual factors.

CountryPrice (EUR €)
Czech Republic€890

What Is Nipple Correction Surgery?

Nipples come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but inverted nipples, oversized nipples or irregular nipples can reduce your confidence and cause pain or discomfort. Nipple correction surgery aims to correct any abnormalities or nipple conditions, reducing the height or width of the nipple or areola, or correcting an inverted nipple. There are three different types of nipple surgery, all of which address a different issue.

How Does Nipple Correction Surgery Work?

Nipple correction surgery is carried out under a local anaesthetic. You will usually be in and out of the clinic within an hour. You can take a couple of days to rest and then can return to most normal activities. These are the typical steps involved in each treatment.

Areola Reduction

1. A local anaesthetic is administered to the area. 2. Your surgeon will remove a circular portion of the outer brown ring of the areola. 3. The skin is pulled inwards around the areola to make the area smaller.

Inverted Nipple Correction

1. Anaesthetic is administered as mentioned above. 2. An incision is made at the base of the nipple. 3. The milk ducts are detached from the nipple, allowing it to project forward.

Nipple Reduction

1. Anaesthetic is administered as mentioned above. 2. An incision is made into the neck of the nipple, and some tissue is removed to reduce the height of the nipple. 3. The area is sutured shut, pushing some of the nipple into the breast tissue and decreasing its size and protrusion.

What Should I Expect From Nipple Correction Surgery?

Patients usually choose nipple correction surgery because they are unhappy with an abnormality in their nipples or something in this area is causing them pain and discomfort. This procedure is a relatively straightforward and a safe option to help restore some confidence and alleviate any pain. Of course, the choice to elect for this surgery still shouldn't be taken lightly. You should ensure you discuss your options and expectations with your surgeon during the initial consultation, and you should feel happy and confident to go ahead with the procedure. All risks and side effects should also be explained to you during this time.

During surgery, you will be given a local anaesthetic. This means you will be awake during the procedure, but you won't feel any pain. If you're particularly nervous, you might be able to opt for a sedative also.

After the procedure, you will be able to go straight home. It's usually best that you have someone drive you while the effects of the anaesthetic wear off. It is advised that you take a couple of days to rest as you will likely notice some mild discomfort during this time and you need to avoid aggravating the area. For the same reason, you should refrain from any strenuous exercise for a number of weeks as it might irritate the area and cause chafing and discomfort.

After the procedure, you might notice some slight soreness, but it'll likely be mild and something you can control yourself with over-the-counter pain medication. A gauze dressing may be applied to the area, but you will be shown how to care for and change this if necessary. Your surgeon should advise that you don't wear any tight tops or padded/tight bras for around two weeks after your procedure because they will compress the nipple and hinder recovery.

The effects of this procedure are immediate, although it may take a couple of days for any swelling to subside and for you to see the final result. There will likely be some minor scarring, but it will start to fade after several weeks, continually doing so over the months following the surgery.


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