Nipple Correction

Balance beyond aesthetics

Nipple and areola correction is an intervention necessary in cases of nipple hypertrophy, invaginated nipples, too big or asimmetric areolas.

Too long nipples, with a fallen aspect is called nipple hypertrophy, the cause is genetic and the condition can appear during lifetime, because of breast feeding. This thing can be corrected in a surgical intervention which consists in shortening and reshaping the nipple. The operation is made under local anesthesia, therefore no hospitalization is needed. Healing can take up from 10 until 14 days, the recovery after the intervention being easy. Some nipples, instead of standing out in front of the areola, tend to dive into it. These are called invaginated nipples and they appear because of the fact that the milk ducts are short and pull the nipple inside. The aspect can be unilateral or bilateral, permanent or just in some certain moments.

Women who have this problem cannot easily breast feed. To obtain an aesthetic aspect, the surgical correction intervention is needed to section the ducts, thus obtaining the correct repositioning of the nipple. In this case, the breast feeding is reduced, because by sectioning the ducts the milk evacuation will be impossible. The operation does not require hospital admission, being made under local anesthesia; the healing is done in approximately two weeks. The dimension and position asymmetries of the areolas can appear at puberty, after pregnancy or breast feeding, in the case of weight oscillations, or they can be present even since birth. Sometimes, this thing can be corrected by cutting a strip of skin from the big areola proximity. In needed situations, the lifting of the felt areolas can be done.

By shrinking the areolas widen from breast feeding or constitutionally very big, it is necessary the reducing of the areolar diameter by eliminating the skin excess from the areolas periphery. The healing of the scars lasts 10-14 days. In the big breasts case, because of their big weight, the areolas tend to return to the sizes before the surgical intervention; in the case of small breasts the results tend to last.

What should you expect during a consultation for nipple correction surgery?

During a nipple correction consultation we will discuss the following:

  • Why do you want this operation and what are your expectations;
  • Medical history, including allergies and medical treatments;
  • In terms of currently administered medication, vitamins, supplements, alcohol consumption, whether or not you are a smoker;
  • Family history of breast cancer and results of past mammograms or biopsies.


The doctor will take care to:

  • Assess general health, medical history or risk factors.
  • Examine and measure breasts, including detailed measurements and nipple position.
  • Take pictures of the breasts.
  • To recommend what is best for you.


During the consultation it is advisable to ask questions directly to the doctor. It is very important to understand all aspects of nipple correction. It is normal to have emotions about the intervention to be done. The doctor wants you not to be afraid to discuss these emotions with him.

How should you prepare for nipple correction surgery?

To prepare for nipple correction surgery, you may be asked to:

  • Stop smoking;
  • Avoid taking aspirin or certain anti-inflammatory drugs because they increase bleeding. Do not stop them without talking to the doctor!
  • You do not use other substances


It would be preferable to have someone drive you to the hospital and accompany you to discharge.

What are the possible risks of nipple correction?

  • Risks of anesthesia
  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma
  • Infection
  • Changes in nipple and breast sensitivity
  • The formation of less aesthetic scars
  • Fluid accumulation (serum)
  • Persistent pain
  • A possible revision of the operation


These risks and others will be discussed with the doctor before the operation. It is very important to ask the questions you are interested in, to fully understand everything that is involved in nipple correction surgery.

What results should you expect after nipple correction surgery?

The operation does not require hospitalization, it is performed under local anesthesia, and the healing of the scars takes 10-14 days, the recovery after the intervention being easy. In the case of large breasts, due to their heavy weight, the areolas tend to return to their pre-surgical dimensions; in the case of small breasts, the results are maintained.
*Results may vary depending on the personal characteristics of the patients. We address people over the age of 18.