Inverted Nipple Correction

Inverted nipples, although not medically dangerous, can be a constant source of embarrassment for both men and women. If you are one of the millions of people with this condition, Dr. Khalifeh offers a custom correction surgery to repair inverted nipples and restore your confidence.

What are inverted nipples?

When your nipple points inward, it is “inverted.” There are gradient levels of severity of inversion:

  • Grade I inverted nipples may pop out if exposed to the cold, during sexual arousal, or popped out manually
  • Grade II inverted nipples suffer from a more form of inversion, and they rarely pop out on their own and can be challenging to pull out manually
  • Grade III inverted nipples are severely inverted, and it can be very difficult to pop out if possible at all. Grade III inversion can make it impossible to breastfeed a baby.

How are inverted nipples repaired?

Inverted nipple correction is a surgical procedure to pull a nipple outward and restore a natural, healthy look. Inverted nipple correction is performed under local anesthesia and is a rapid procedure that can be completed in an hour or less.

The steps in the procedure are as follows:

  • A small 1.5-2 centimeter incision is made around the areola 
  • The tissues that are pulling the nipple inward are released
  • A specialized pull-bolster is placed to hold the nipple outward during the healing period.

Recovery after inverted nipple correction

Once the surgery is completed and the bolster is in place, you will return home to recover. Most patients return to work within one day, and full recovery usually takes five to seven days. The bolsters must remain in place during the healing process, covered with a loose shirt or sweater. Most patients report minimal pain, though the procedure may interfere with nipple sensation.

Am I a candidate?

If you’re suffering from inverted nipples that make you feel self-conscious, you are likely a good candidate for inverted nipple correction. Candidates are:

  • In good general health
  • Are free from any medical conditions that could negatively impact healing or increase the risks of surgery
  • Don’t smoke or consume an excess of alcohol

Contact us today

If you’re suffering from embarrassing inverted nipples in Washington, DC, there’s no better place to go for correction surgery than DC Cosmetics. Our founder and double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Khalifeh, has over a decade of experience in this procedure. Contact us today at (301) 244-0148 to schedule a consultation.


Inverted nipple correction is a very safe procedure with a low risk of complications. That said, there is a chance you could experience bleeding, infection, or a lack of sensation in your nipples.

The cost is approximately $2,750 for both nipples.

Unfortunately, most women are unable to breastfeed after undergoing surgical inverted nipple correction, as the procedure can stretch or damage milk ducts.

The procedure

Step One

The donor area is identified and marked. The selected area will be cosmetically enhanced by removing fat for a trimmer, more sculpted body. The donor area may be love handles, thighs, or abdomen.

Step Two

The donor area is injected with tumescent fluid to numb the area and cause the fat cells to be more easily extracted. If larger quantities of fat are to be removed, intravenous sedation may be administered.

Step Three

The fat cells are extracted from the donor area with gentle liposuction to preserve the integrity of the cells to be transferred.

Step Four

The fat is purified and placed into syringes.

Step Five

The fat is injected into the breasts, with small droplets injected throughout the breast parenchyma.

Step Six

The fat is injected into each breast, placing small droplets of fat in the breast parenchyma (the soft tissue of the breast).

Why choose DC Cosmetics for fat transfer breast augmentation?

Dr. Khalifeh is a double board-certified cosmetic surgeon with over a decade of experience helping his patients achieve the body and breasts they envision. He is a published author and speaker on the subject of cosmetic surgery, known for his artistry and skills, natural-looking results, and warm, compassionate demeanor. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.


This procedure typically increases breast size from a half cup to a full cup size. For a more significant increase in size, you may choose to undergo more than one treatment.

You can expect the enhancement to last a lifetime.

You should be able to return to work within two to three days. The swelling and discomfort will fade, with the final results visible in about three months. The beauty of this procedure is that the enhancement is entirely natural and virtually scar-free.