Dr Nicholas Lotz
Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Main Rooms
Level 1 357 Military Rd
Appointments & Enquiries
Ph: 1300 304 209
Fax: 02 9904 0166

Nipple Surgery

The following information sheet is intended to assist patients preparing for nipple surgery with Dr Nicholas Lotz.


Nipple Surgery

Conditions that affect the nipple include:

  • Inverted nipples
  • Nipples or areolas that are too large

The nipple is made of two parts: the nipple and the areola. The nipple is the projected part and the areola is the dark pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple.

Shortening of the breast ducts can result in a nipple that is inverted, or pulled in. In minor cases, the nipple can be corrected by pulling, but returns to its inverted state shortly after. These cases do not usually require surgery and you can breast feed normally.

In more severe cases, the inverted nipple can only just be corrected by pulling it out, or is totally unable to be pulled out to its normal position. These are good cases for surgery. Severely inverted nipples can impact your ability to breast feed.

If nipples or areolas are too large they can also be reduced.

Nipple Surgery

Before the

Nipple surgery is often performed at the same time as other surgery, such as a breast reduction or a breast augmentation.

During your consultation the exact procedure required for your particular issue will be discussed in detail, and you will be given a quotation outlining all the relevant costs.

Nipple Surgery

The surgery

Nipple surgery is a day stay procedure, and takes about an hour. In minor cases it can be performed in the rooms under local anaesthetic.

There is usually a light, waterproof dressing so you can shower normally.
Scars are placed so as to not be concealed.

Breast Lift

After the surgery

Post-operative Recovery and Follow-Up Care

You will be discharged the same day and usually only need Panadol for pain relief.

You will be reviewed a week after the surgery and the stitches are often dissolving. You can return to work in a day or two.

Risks of nipple surgery

As a minor procedure, risks are small but include:

  • Anaesthetic
  • Infection
  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Healing issues
  • Sensation change
  • Recurrence of nipple inversion
  • Scarring
  • Injury to milk ducts and inability to breast feed

These risks will all be explained in detail to you during the consultation.

Considering cosmetic breast surgery?

If you would like further information or if you wish to make an appointment to discuss nipple surgery with Dr Nicholas Lotz, please contact our rooms.