A before and after inverted nipple correction surgery outcome by Dr. Zuckerman immediately post-op. View more Before & After.

A before and after inverted nipple correction surgery outcome by Dr. Zuckerman immediately post-op. View more Before & After.

Dr. Zuckerman can correct inverted nipples with surgery designed to give the nipples a more natural appearance. Women who are affected by nipples that lie flat to the breast or pull in from the surface of the breast can often have trouble breastfeeding as well as suffer from self-consciousness about the condition. Dr. Zuckerman is dedicated to offering breast surgery procedures that are safe, effective, and result in a natural-looking appearance that meets your ultimate goals. Dr. Zuckerman has been specialty-trained in breast surgery procedures and attended some of the most revered medical institutions in the world for education and training.

To schedule a consultation for inverted nipple surgery with Dr. Zuckerman, please contact Dr. Zuckerman's offices today.

The Surgery

Inverted Nipple Surgery

Inverted nipple surgery can recontour the nipple so that it projects outward from the breast. There are generally two procedures which can achieve this result: one which preserves the milk ducts and one that does not. The former can address the patient’s condition while preserving her ability to breastfeed. Inverted nipple surgery can achieve excellent results and make you feel better about the appearance of your breasts.

During your initial consultation, Dr. Zuckerman will discuss all aspects of inverted nipple surgery with you and address any concerns and questions you may have about the procedure.  

Inverted Nipple Surgery Procedure

Patients who are having inverted nipple surgery in order to breastfeed can have a procedure designed to partially preserves the milk ducts. Inverted nipple repair with partial preservation of milk ducts usually involves a local anesthetic and a sedative before surgery. An incision is typically placed around the areola (the dark-skinned area surrounding the nipple), followed by the nipple and areola tissue being lifted from the breast and stitched into a new shape. The lifted nipple and tissue is not disconnected from the breast with this technique.

Inverted nipple surgery with milk duct detachment is typically reserved for patients who are not planning to breastfeed. The procedure can be performed using a local anesthetic in combination with a sedative. Dr. Zuckerman will make an incision at the base of the nipple, detach the milk ducts, and reshape the nipple for the desired results.

Both inverted nipple surgery techniques generally take only about an hour to complete on an outpatient basis. Inverted nipple surgery can be performed in the office setting or at one of Dr. Zuckerman's state-of-the-art operating rooms in a nearby surgery center in Midtown Manhattan, accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF). This distinction signifies the highest standard of care for our operating environments.


There is very little recovery time associated with inverted nipple surgery. Patients may experience some degree of discomfort, irritation, or swelling for a few days after the procedure; however, this can be alleviated with medication. Stitches are typically removed about four days following inverted nipple surgery, and patients can usually resume their normal daily routines about a day after the procedure. Strenuous activity should be avoided for several weeks.

Patients should be aware that inverted nipple surgery with detached milk ducts will eliminate their ability to breastfeed. Although the technique designed to partially preserve the milk ducts is a better option for those who plan on breastfeeding, there is no guarantee you will still have the ability to breastfeed after having this procedure.


Dr. Zuckerman takes every precaution and make every effort to insure inverted nipple surgery is performed safely and effectively, and that the recovery process runs smoothly. All risks and benefits of the procedure, as well as details of the entire surgical process, will be discussed with you at your initial consultation. You are encouraged to ask any questions you may have, and Dr. Zuckerman will be happy to address your concerns.

Before & After Results

View more Before & After results from Dr. Zuckerman on the Before & After page of his website.

Ready for your consultation?

Are you ready for your consultation with Dr. Zuckerman? During your consultation, Dr. Zuckerman can address any concerns or questions that you may have about the surgery. He will also discuss with you the details of his approach: incision location(s), procedure length and techniques, likely operative outcome, etc. Contact his office via the request form or call any of his four physical office locations. Dr. Zuckerman also offers consultations via Skype and a process for out-of-town patients to visit New York to have surgery.