• Anesthesia:
  • Duration:
    20 minutes
  • Pain level:
  • Recovery time:
    1 week
  • Resuming physical activities:
    4 weeks

Inverted nipple correction creates a normal projection and an esthetically pleasing appearance of your nipples. Inverted nipples can occur when the ducts of the nipple are tight, pulling the projection inward into the areola. It is common for patients to be born with inverted nipples. This condition may cause cosmetic concerns for patients and interfere with breastfeeding.

Inverted nipple correction is a relatively quick procedure that can restore the projection of the nipple and increase the aesthetic appearance.

Patients who are good candidates for this procedure:

  • Are at a stable and healthy weight
  • Have no significant medical problems
  • Non-smokers
  • Not on blood thinners
  • Have inverted nipples

Patients who are poor candidates for this procedure:

  • Obese (want or need to lose weight)
  • Smoker
  • Have serious medical problems
  • On blood thinners

Are you a good candidate?

Our Self-Evaluation Quiz can help you decide if a nipple inversion correction is the right procedure for you.

Techniques for Inverted Nipple Correction

Inverted nipple correction can be performed under local anesthesia. The procedure is relatively simple and provides patients with very inconspicuous scars that are hidden in the areola. These scars fade over time and are generally not noticeable.

Dr. Gdalevitch will make small incisions during your surgery to release the nipple from the tight ducts beneath the skin. The nipple will then be pulled forward, and sutures will be placed around the edges of the nipple to close the incisions.

At Phi Plastic Surgery, we believe that a beautiful body can take many shapes and sizes. The Phi philosophy centers on respecting your body's proportions and helping you let your inner beauty shine.

We offer our patients the best, most advanced techniques to help them achieve their aesthetic goals.

Pre-op & post-op instructions

These pre-surgical and post-surgical instructions are provided as essential services for you. Please follow the instructions carefully to ensure optimum results. If there are instructions that need to be clarified, please feel free to contact our office as soon as possible. If some instructions are not followed, your surgery could be delayed if deemed necessary by your surgeon.


THREE WEEKS before your surgery

  • Stop all consumption of collagen
  • Prepare your surgery date: Plan to ensure a stress-free experience. Arrange your work leave and special assistance to help you with ride home. Prepare your return by organizing meals, delivery, babysitting, etc. Make sure you have someone scheduled to accompany you home after your surgery. Someone should also be on-call to help you during the first 24 hours after your surgery.

TWO WEEKS before your surgery

  • Stop the consumption of anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Aspirin, drugs containing aspirin or any anticoagulants such as arixtra pf, clopidogrel, plavix, coumadin, dalteparin, edoxaban, eliquis, apixaban, enoxaparin, fragmin pfsyringe, lepirudin, padaxa, dabigatran etexilate, xarelto, rivaroxaban.
  • A preoperative visit (if necessary), approximately two weeks before your surgery, will be scheduled to review your goals and provide you with additional information regarding your surgery.

SEVEN DAYS before your surgery

  • Stop taking any supplements or medications from the list below. These products can increase the risk of bleeding and other complications. Stop consuming any non-prescribed supplements including: Omega 3-6, nutricap, echinacea, glucosamine, fat burners, St. John’s wort.
  • Confirm your surgical support plan: This includes your transportation and post-surgical care, including an adult family member or a friend on-call for your support, 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Purchase any prescription provided by Dr. Gdalevitch (If applicable) and revise your pre-surgical instructions.

The day BEFORE your surgery

Prepare a bag. It should include:

  • All necessary papers
  • Your identification (RAMQ card)
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Glasses if necessary
  • Confirm the person who will assist you for the first 24 hours after surgery.
  • Take a shower. Use a non-perfumed soap. Wash your hair. Do not put cream or lotions. Do not put deodorants, hair products, perfumes, or makeup.
  • Relax. Enjoy a good night's sleep and avoid stress.


  • If you wish to have oral sedation, do not eat or drink 4 hours before the surgery.
  • Do not train before surgery.
  • Please bring your medications that have been prescribed to you in a bag as above.
  • Do not wear any make-up, jewellery, contact lenses, hairpin or piercings: during surgery, an electric cautery is used, any piercing or jewellery can cause burns.
  • Wear light and comfortable clothing. Wear a top that opens forward. Do not wear a sweater, turtleneck or tight clothing. You can wear a skirt, but pants and a jogging jacket are ideal. Flat shoes should be worn that are easy to remove and to put on (no heels).

post-op instructions

When you get home

You can expect to have some soreness around the nipple and breast.

To help you rest comfortably, follow these instructions:

  1. Use over the counter pain medications as needed
  2. Try and rest in a semi-sitting position until bedtime
  3. Avoid using your arms for anything strenuous
  4. Keep any garments or surgical bras in place
  5. Apply ice to the area (10 minutes on, 10 minutes off)

Contact us immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • Pain that is not controlled by the pain medication
  • Unusual pain and excess bruising occur
  • A fever of greater than 38.5
  • Severe nausea or vomiting
  • Hallucinations or incoherent behaviour
  • Excessive bleeding through your dressing

The first day following surgery

  • Your pain will start to dissipate after 48 hours
  • Avoid strenuous activities

Healing and follow up

  • Patients may return to work the following day
  • Take about 4 weeks off before engaging in any vigorous exercise
  • You will have follow up appointment 1-2 weeks after surgery

Your results

the very next day. Some soreness may be felt and usually dissipates within 48 hours.

A nipple correction will help you obtain a more aesthetic appearance and will accomplish the following:

  • Create a normal projection of the nipple
  • Increase self-esteem and confidence

The result is a more natural-looking nipple.

View most frequently asked questions

What are inverted nipples?

Inverted nipples occur when the nipples pull in instead of protruding out due to constricted tissue within the breast.

What does the nipple inversion repair surgery involve?

Nipple inversion corrections are typically performed as an outpatient procedure. The operation lasts about one hour, depending on the degree of inversion and type of correction desired. Dr. Gdalevitch makes small incisions during surgery to release the tight milk ducts and pull the nipple forward.

How long is recovery?

After the procedure, over-the-counter pain medication is usually sufficient for a comfortable healing experience. Healing takes about one week, and strenuous exercise should be avoided for about two weeks.

Does inverted nipple surgery affect sensitivity?

Though there is always a risk of losing nipple sensation with any surgery involving the nipple, Dr. Gdalevitch is an experienced surgeon and uses techniques that will preserve nipple sensation.

Will my nipples look natural?

Yes. Nipple inversion correction gives a very natural and beautiful-looking result. Scarring remains minimal as it is hidden along the outer edges of the nipple and in the areola.

How much does the procedure cost?

Nipple inversion (both)

starting at $2,700

For a more beautiful and proportional you!

φ Phi is the Greek symbol that indicates the golden ratio, a ratio that is synonymous with beauty.

Dr. Perry Gdalevitch offers a unique approach that involves applying the principles of perfect proportions (phi) to help you achieve your aesthetic and reconstructive goals.

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