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What to Expect from Nipple Correction Surgery

Significant weight loss, aging, pregnancy, and even genetics can play a role in the appearance of your nipples. If you’re bothered by these effects, nipple correction surgery offers a fix that significantly boosts your self-confidence as it addresses these issues with natural results.

Gordon Sasaki, MD, FACS, is a triple board-certified plastic surgeon and the founder and medical director of Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center in Pasadena, California. Nipple correction is one of the many surgical services Dr. Sasaki and his team offer through his multi-tiered practice.

Here are a few basics about nipple correction surgery from the Sasaki team.

Conditions treated with nipple correction surgery

Depending on evaluation results and your expectations, Dr. Sasaki may perform nipple correction surgery on its own or as part of another procedure, such as breast augmentation or a breast lift.

Issues Dr. Sasaki can address with nipple correction include:

Drooping or downward-pointing nipples

Pregnancy, weight loss, and age-related changes can cause the nipples and areola to sag out of position. Repositioning the nipples and areolar tissue to an appropriate height is often part of a breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction.

Inverted nipples

Inverted nipples can occur because of tight or shortened milk ducts, leading to nipples that appear flat or retracted. This condition affects the aesthetic appearance of the breasts and may also pose challenges for breastfeeding. During nipple correction surgery, Dr. Sasaki releases the tight ducts, allowing the nipples to protrude naturally.

Enlarged or elongated nipples

The enlarged size or projection of nipples can be a source of self-consciousness for some individuals. Dr. Sasaki can resize and reshape nipples to achieve a more proportionate and aesthetically pleasing look, enhancing overall breast symmetry.


Asymmetrical nipples, where one nipple appears larger, higher, or differently shaped than the other, are a relatively common concern. During nipple correction, Dr. Sasaki can adjust the size, shape, and position of the nipples to create a more balanced and harmonious appearance.

Enhancing areolar appearance

Beyond the nipples, nipple correction surgery can also involve modifications to the areola, the pigmented area surrounding the nipple. Issues such as enlarged or irregularly shaped areolas can be addressed, contributing to a more aesthetically pleasing breast profile.

Before nipple correction surgery

Your care at Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center starts with a presurgical evaluation that carefully reviews your medical history and discusses your goals and concerns.

Dr. Sasaki also provides specific information about the procedure and explains what to expect from nipple correction surgery.

What happens after nipple correction surgery?

Healing and recovery vary by individual. Generally, you may notice an immediate improvement in nipple appearance. However, it may take several weeks before the swelling fully subsides and final results appear.

It's common to experience some discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the days following surgery. This is a natural part of the healing process and subsides as you recover.

Your post-surgical instructions may include wearing a special bra, avoiding strenuous activities, and taking prescribed medications to manage pain and reduce the risk of infection.

Most patients can return to light activities within a week but may need to avoid strenuous exercise and heavy lifting for a few weeks. Dr. Sasaki also schedules follow-up visits as necessary to ensure a successful, aesthetically pleasing outcome.

Schedule an evaluation at Sasaki Advanced Aesthetic Medical Center today for outstanding surgical, nonsurgical, and customized skin care services that meet your aesthetic goals.

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