Nipple Surgery

Do you have genetic issues with your nipples or areola?  Do you suffer from Supernumerary Nipples – also known as Extra Nipples? Are the size or shape of your nipple or areola embarrassing? Do you suffer from inverted nipples?

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Sydney Nipple Surgery

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might want to consider Nipple Surgery. Nipple Surgery can help correct:

  • Inverted Nipples
  • Large, Fleshy or Deformed Nipples
  • Supernumerary Nipples
  • Overly Large Areola

But What About The Bumps Around My Nipple?

Many women will have noticed small lumps or bumps that sit on the areola, surrounding the nipple.  These are known as Montgomery Glands. These small bumps come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are entirely normal.  They secrete a small amount of natural oil to keep the areola lubricated.  These bumps can change sizes and colour over time, especially during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

However, while these bumps are typically normal it is always wise to consult your GP if you notice any change to your breasts.

Supernumerary Nipples

Supernumerary Nipples are better known as “third” or “extra” nipples.  Some people often have two or more extra nipples, however, this is a condition that affects less than 0.2% of the population.

Combined Nipple and Breast Surgery

Many breast surgery procedures require Nipple Surgery to correctly place the nipple on the altered breast.  Changing the size of the nipple and/or areola, and the placement is important to create a natural, balanced look.

Dr. Robert Drielsma aims to preserve nipple sensation while creating a beautiful look, however, as with all surgery, there are some risks involved.  If you want to breastfeed in the future, it is important to tell your surgeon during your consultation so that you can discuss the best methods to retain nipple functionality.

Breast Augmentation and Nipple Surgery

Breast Augmentation does not always require nipple surgery.  Generally, after Breast Augmentation, your nipples naturally may appear higher on your chest immediately after surgery.  This will eventually improve as the implants settle into place and swelling subsides.

Some women report larger, less prominent areola and less feeling in the nipple after breast enhancement surgery but that is not the result for every woman – each person and each surgery are different. This lack of feeling – or, in some case, hypersensitivity – may continue for the first few months after your surgery but, in most cases, will return to normal as healing progresses.

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Breast Reduction, Breast Lift and Nipple Surgery

The nipple and areola seem to be most affected during Breast Reduction as this usually requires the nipple to be relocated and the areola reduced in size. This is especially true during combined breast reduction and breast lift surgery.

Depending on the location of your nipple, breast reduction and/or breast lift surgery may require a relocation of the nipple. This will affect the sensation and functionality of the nipple so it is important that you discuss with Dr Drielsma your plans for a family and to breastfeed in the future.

Dr. Drielsma will preserve the attachment of the nipple and keep the blood supply and nerves in place as much as possible. However, the further the nipple needs to be moved the greater the risk of lost sensation, impairing the blood and milk supply.

As with Breast Augmentation, many women find the relocation of their nipple to be more aesthetically pleasing, with better-balanced proportions.

Nipple Reduction Surgery

Nipple Reduction Surgery involves removing a doughnut of nipple tissue from around the nipple base. Dr. Drielsma performs nipple reduction under a local or general anesthetic.

Oversized stretched or unevenly shaped areolas can also be remedied under local anesthetic by removing a doughnut-shaped piece of skin around the areola or nipple.

Overly large and puffy nipples can be part of natural breast development or can follow breastfeeding.  They often present as cracked, bleeding or uncomfortable nipples.  This can be remedied by surgically removing the excess nipple projection and reducing the width of the nipple. This surgery can also be done under local anesthetic and is unlikely to affect future breastfeeding.

Inverted Nipples

It may surprise you to know that inverted nipples are not uncommon.  In most cases, the inversion is not fixed and can be manually everted.  However, a less common version of the condition means that the nipple is fixed in the inverted place and cannot be manually manipulated.  This is caused by milk ducts being too short and tight, tethering the nipple in place.

Inverted Nipple Surgery involves releasing the tethered breast milk ducts.  This will, most likely, affect future abilities to breastfeed. Small incisions are made at the base of the nipple and the ducts released.  A stitch is then made around the base of the nipple to ensure the everted nipple is maintained while the tissue heals.

Like other Nipple Surgeries, this operation can be done under local anesthetic.

What About Nipple Surgery Scarring?

You must remember that all surgery will result in scarring in one form or another.  Nipple Surgery is no different.  Your level of scarring will depend on a variety of factors, including incision methods and genetic disposition to scarring.  However, most scarring related to nipple surgery will fade over time as you heal and is likely to be less prominent than scarring from other breast surgeries.

Nipple Surgery Before and After Gallery

It is comforting to many women to know they are not alone when it comes to issues with nipple size, location, and formation.  Many women undergo Nipple Surgery to correct deformities to the nipple, areolar or to relocate the nipple during other breast procedures.

Click the image below to see the beautiful Nipple Surgery work by Dr. Drielsma.

Nipple Surgery Before and After


Nipple Surgery Sydney

Dr. Robert Drielsma is a leading Sydney nipple surgery specialist.  With over 20 years experience, Dr. Drielsma is available at Bondi Junction, Camden, Wagga Wagga and Canberra.

If you would like more information on Nipple Surgery and your options, or if you would like to book a consultation with Dr. Drielsma, please visit our Contact Page or call 1800 180 777.

Nipple Surgery FAQ

What Downtime is There for Nipple Surgery?

Most Nipple Surgery procedures are done as day surgeries under a local anaesthetic. They can usually be done in Dr Drielsma’s office and don’t require admission to hospital.  You will be able to go home and resume normal activity soon after your surgery.  However, if you are combining Breast and Nipple surgery there will longer down time.

What Complications are There?

There are possible complications with all surgical procedures and these will be discussed with you during your consultation. Complications with Nipple Surgery done by accredited Plastic Surgeons are rare.

Will I Be Able to Breast Feed?

It is important to remember that not every woman can breast feed, even without nipple surgery.  The further you need to relocate your nipple, the higher the chance that you will lose sensation and the ability to breast feed.  It is best to talk thoroughly with your surgeon about any future plans to breast feed.

What is the Cost of Nipple Surgery?

The cost of Nipple Surgery varies from patient to patient and surgeon to surgeon, depending on what you want to achieve. It is important that you always do your homework when looking for a Plastic Surgeon.  You should be happy with the quality of service and the experience of your chosen surgeon for the price of surgery you are being offered.

Be aware that cheap, overseas surgery is dangerous and most often leads to the need for expensive corrective surgery. Avoid the risk of dead or necrotic nipples by using an accredited Australian surgeon.

NEXT STEP: Book your Initial Consultation

  • Call on 1800 180 777 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
  • A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
  • Book a consultation with Dr Drielsma by paying the $150 deposit for consultation fee.

What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and consider your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • You may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothing

Want more information before scheduling your Surgeon consultation?

  • Request more information about the procedure – call or contact us
  • Book a Complimentary patient Advisor Consultation (FREE)
  • Organise a phone call with Patient Advisor (FREE)
  • Speak with a past patient that has had the procedure – call or contact us

**Results may vary for individual to individual