Nipple Correction procedure with Dr. Wim Danau

What is a nipple correction?

Nipple correction surgery corrects problems associated with enlarged, asymmetrical, protruding or inverted nipples and can be seen in both men and women. 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. Inverted nipples is the most common nipple correction surgery. Inverted nipples are the result of an imbalance in muscle traction, where the strength of the outward muscle is weaker than the inward, which can be longer or have a stronger pull, causing the nipple to remain retracted.

Why nipple correction?

Emotional stability is the primary factor to be considered before any aesthetic surgery is performed. It is mostly your mental attitude that determines a successful outcome. Nipple Correction can improve your appearance and renew your self-confidence however the rest is entirely up to you.

Nipple Correction

3 grades of nipple inversion

Grade 1: The nipple is inverted under the areola but can be manipulated to protrude, however reverts to its inverted state after a few minutes. Grade 1 usually does not require corrective surgery unless it is affecting your confidence and self esteem. Breastfeeding is usually possible.

Grade 2: The nipple is inverted under the areola however can only be forcefully manipulated to temporarily protrude. Breastfeeding may be possible and correction involves surgery on the milk ducts.

Grade 3: Even with vigorous stimulation, the nipple remains inverted. Here, the nipple remains buried in the areola and surgery is required to rebalance the muscle pull.


You will see results immediately however swelling may last for several weeks. Dissolvable stitches are used and as such do not require removal. Most patients report mild discomfort, which can easily be controlled with pain medication. Daily activities can usually be resumed within 24-48 hours and patients generally return to work within two days. Although scars are the inevitable result of any surgery, we make every effort to keep them as inconspicuous as possible. The scars fade over time and are located in such a way as to become less noticeable as they fade.


As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. These include infection, bruising, bleeding, heamotoma formation, scarring, anaesthetic problems, allergy and pain. Risks and complications specific to nipple correction includes:

  • Damage to the milk ducts, that may impact on your later ability to breast feed. This depends on several factors, including what surgical technique you require, and will be discussed in detail at your consultation.

  • Re-inversion of the nipple – this may happen in up to 20% of corrections, and depends on several factors, including what surgical technique you require, and will be discussed in detail at your consultation.

  • Potential changes to, or loss of nipple sensation

  • Nipple necrosis (death of tissue) – this is a very rare complication, however is more likely if you smoke.


Benefits of nipple correction include:

  • Increased self esteem

  • Improved quality of life

  • Increased confidence in appearance, intimacy and general social situations

Nipple correction can be combined with other procedures such as Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift or Breast Reduction.

Make an appointment

Contact Dr. Wim Danau to make an appointment. Together you can discuss your wishes, plans and the possibilities in all discretion.