Nipple Surgery and Areola Surgery Melbourne

Nipple Surgery & Areola Surgery in Melbourne – Nipple Reshaping Procedures by Plastic Surgeon

Nipple Reshaping and Areola Reduction Options

Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery offers different Areola and Nipple Surgery & procedures to solve a range of issues and concerns. For many people, there is confusion between a Nipple or pointy bit and an Areola, the dark coloured area surrounding the nipple.

NOTE: Coco Ruby Plastic Surgeons offer Nipple and Areola Reshaping surgeries ONLY in combination with Breast Surgery procedures like Breast Augmentation, Breast Lift and Breast Reduction Surgery performed in an Accredited Hospital.  

These four Nipple & Areola procedures are only offered in conjunction with major breast surgery at our clinic.

 Breast Anatomy – the Nipple and Areola Complex

A common misconception is that the nipple is the whole frontal part of the breast. However, the nipple is at the very center portion of the breast; it is linked with the mammary glands which produce milk. On the other hand, the areola is the darker coloured area that surrounds the nipple. Areolas vary in size and they tend to be round or oval in shape. The entire area is called the NAC or Nipple Areola Complex.

Female Breast Anatomy - Nipple Surgery and Areola Surgery

FOUR Most Common Procedures for Nipple Surgery and Areola Surgery

1. Nipple Correction Procedure – Inverted Nipple Correction

NOTE: This procedure is only available at Coco Ruby Melbourne in conjunction with Breast Surgery

Inverted nipple correction is a procedure that corrects the nipple to allow it to project out in a natural way. As one of the most common nipple reshaping procedures, inverted nipple correction helps you become more confident.

An inverted nipple happens when the nipple is pulled inward into the breast instead of pointing outwards. The condition happens due to a number of reasons. In most cases it is due to the milk ducts that connect to the nipple.  The ducts are overly tight and pull the nipple in.


Some of the biggest causes of inverted nipple include:

  • Congenital Cause (was present at birth)
  • Disease or trauma (any condition that involves inflammation may pull the nipple inward)
  • Ageing
  • Complications of breast surgery
  • Breast duct ectasia (benign breast condition wherein a milk duct widens and its walls thicken)
  • Breast cyst
  • Benign breast tumour
  • Subareolar abscess
  • Mastitis (inflammation of breast tissue sometimes accompanied by infection)
  • Infection
  • Fat necrosis

An inverted nipple isn’t just an aesthetic problem; its consequences can also extend to the difficulty to breastfeed. A baby can find it difficult, or even impossible in some cases, to latch on the breast and bring the nipple to their mouth.

The operation involves placing an incision along the edge of the nipple. This is to gently release overly tight milk ducts. The nipple projects out to its natural position almost instantly. You can notice the improvement right away. The recovery process is simple, you can even start showering the day after the procedure, but keep in mind some bruising and swelling after the surgery is normal, and it may last a few days up to a week.

Before and After Inverted Nipple Procedure

2. Nipple Reduction Surgery for a Protruding Nipple – A Nipple Shortening Procedure for a Shorter Nipple

NOTE: This procedure is only available at Coco Ruby Melbourne in conjunction with Breast Surgery

Nipple reduction surgery aims to decrease the size of the nipple. Enlarged nipples or nipple hypertrophy happens when milk ducts develop in an enlarged way. Nipple reduction surgery also includes nipple enlargement caused by breastfeeding due to repetitive suction. Enlarged nipples are a major source of frustration and have a significant impact on confidence and self-esteem. They may also lead to irritation and chafing from constant rubbing against clothes, thus causing discomfort.

The procedure includes removal of excess parts of the nipple that pose as deformities or contribute to undesirable appearance. The main goal of the surgery is to decrease the projection or diameter of the nipple. The recovery process is fast and lasts a couple of weeks.


3 Nipple Lift Surgery or Nipple Lifting is a key part of Breast Lift and Breast Reduction Surgery

NOTE: This procedure is only available at Coco Ruby Melbourne in conjunction with Breast Surgery

Many post-pregnancy or post-weight loss patients suffer from saggy or drooping nipples. A Nipple lift surgery addresses a common concern where the position of the nipples is too low. This usually happens with enlarged or heavy breasts. With time, as the skin ages, the nipples start hanging lower or pointing downward.

During the procedure, the nipples are lifted to a more aesthetic position. It may also include repositioning nipples that are too narrowly or too widely located from one another. Nipple lift is also an important part of breast reduction and breast lift procedures. The most essential aspect of the surgery is to preserve the nerves and blood vessels that supply the nipples. This helps maintain sensation in the nipple and supports its breastfeeding ability. Results are immediate, and the procedure can be done on one or both breasts. For example, if one nipple is hanging lower and the other is not, the nipple lift can help ensure your nipples match.

4. Areola Correction Surgery – for wide Areola is a key part of Breast Lift and Breast Reduction Surgery

NOTE: This procedure is only available at Coco Ruby Melbourne in conjunction with Breast Surgery

Areola correction, or areola reduction surgery, is a procedure that decreases the diameter of one or both areolas.

You’re also a good candidate for this surgery if your areolas are protruding or puffy – see tuberous breast surgery.

The procedure can be performed on its own or in conjunction with other surgeries such as breast lift, breast augmentation, and breast reduction.  If you’ve lost a lot of weight and feeling uncomfortable about stretched out areolas – this procedure can help fix that problem. The procedure also works well in cases when areolas change due to pregnancy and breastfeeding as well.

An Areola correction procedure is usually complete in about one hour. The procedure involves the removal of the circular area of the outer brown of the areola. The skin that surrounds it is brought inwards while stitches inside the areola serve to decrease its diameter. The new areola is secured with a permanent suture, which prevents it from stretching again.


The recovery process of areola correction is relatively fast. Swelling and bruising are normal after the surgery, but they tend to go away within a day or two. It may take a few weeks for you to see and appreciate the results. Once the areolas heal entirely, you’ll notice they are smaller and more centered.


FAQs about Nipple Surgery

Who is an ideal candidate for nipple reshaping?

  • If you have a congenital abnormality affecting nipples or you’re dissatisfied with their appearance.
  • Significant weight loss, breastfeeding, enlarged breasts, ageing, poor skin quality & genetics can all be contributors to needing a nipple lift.

What to expect before and after the Nipple Surgery procedure?

  • Before the procedure, you’ll get all the information you need from a specialist plastic surgeon. You may expect swelling and bruising. The operated area can be sore, and you may experience a little bit of pain and discomfort. Swelling and bruising are always a part of surgery and will fade away over time.  Every patient will recover in their own time.  You’ll get all the instructions on what you can and can’t do after the procedure.

How long does it take to recover after Nipple surgery? – Recovery after Nipple Surgery

  • Nipple reshaping procedures are fast recovery. You can expect to see the results in two to four weeks. Keep in mind the speed of recovery depends on different factors, including your general health and your body’s healing process. Some procedures, such as inverted nipple correction can show results immediately.

How long does Nipple reconstruction surgery take?

  • Nipple reconstruction surgery is convenient. The procedures may last 30 minutes to an hour. The exact duration of the procedure depends on the type. It can be performed solely or in conjunction with other breast surgery such as breast reduction, breast lift (mastopexy) or breast augmentation (implants).

Why do Nipples stay hard after breast implants?

  • After breast augmentation procedure nipples may stay hard due to nerve irritation, although uncomfortable, this problem tends to go away by itself in time.


Nipple reshaping procedures have the potential to improve your comfort and confidence. These procedures don’t require a long recovery time but can improve your confidence and comfort.

Further Reading – Medical References

Coco Ruby’s Specialist Plastic and ENT Surgeons

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic Surgeons are dedicated to best practice patient care and education, customising Breast Enlargement Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

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What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday.

Phone 1300 264 811, Email us: or Book a FREE 15-minute Phone Chat with our Patient Liaison Manager or a Virtual Consultation with a Surgeon.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.