Nipple Surgery

What is nipple surgery?

Nipple surgery can be performed as part of a breast reduction to ensure that the overall nipple placement and shape suit your newly created breasts.

Nipple surgery can also be performed separately, as a standalone procedure to correct deformities such as inverted nipples, asymmetrical nipples, to remedy tuberous breasts, or for more aesthetic reasons such as low hanging nipples.

All of these procedures require your surgeon to make an incision around your areola and to reshape it into something that more aesthetically suits your overall breast shape and size.

Is it right for me?

The decision to have any surgery should not be taken lightly as every time you undergo anaesthesia there is risk involved.  Also, all operations, no matter how quick the time on the table, requires you to rest and recover to ensure the optimal healing of your new scars.

Potential complications

Surgical correction of the nipple involves working in a highly sensitive area and with the underlying tissues, which may require transection of milk ducts.  Surgery to the nipple could potentially limit a woman’s ability to breastfeed. Surgery is performed under local anaesthesia or with IV sedation and also under general anaesthetic when required. The results are immediate, and patient satisfaction high. This procedure is often performed in combination with other aesthetic surgical procedures on the breast.

All surgery comes with some degree of risk. For example, bleeding and infection are possible. Your surgeon will fully explain potential complications during the consultation process and commit to supporting you during recovery.

By seeking out the services of a member of ASAPS for your surgery, means your surgery will take place in an accredited facility. This means the facility meets the required standards of sterilisation and infection control.  In Australia, these are the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NS & QHS Standards).


During surgery

Your time in surgery may vary according to your needs and the specifics of the procedures being performed. Your surgeon will explain everything to you during consultation.


One of the most important reasons for choosing a Specialist Plastic Surgeon is that they will be by your side throughout the recovery process, ready to reassure and support you at every stage. Ask your surgeon what recovery will involve for you.