Breast Surgery

Nipple and Areola Surgery

Nipple and Areola Surgery korea
Healthy nipples & beautiful breasts!

What is nipple and areola surgery?

Natural harmony between breast, nipple, & areola

Nipples and areola are definitive for beautiful breasts. The harmony between the breasts, nipples, and areolae is what makes the breasts truly beautiful.

Therefore, patients seek to correct inverted or large and sagging nipples. We can improve these conditions through inverted nipple correction and nipple reduction surgery. In the case of dark nipples and areola, a whitening procedure can help lighten the color. Excessively large areola can be corrected with the areola reduction surgery


  • Surgery Duration20 minutes to 1 hour
  • Not requiredA day patient
  • # of Postoperative visits3 times
  • AnesthesiaLocal anesthesia or Sedation
  • Removal of Stitches7 days after an operation
  • Recovery PeriodReturn to daily life right after the operation
We recommend nipple/areola surgery to the following people:
  • Those who want to correct their inverted nipples for aesthetic reasons.
  • Those who experience frequent inflammation caused by inverted nipples.
  • Those who find inverted nipples interfere with breastfeeding.
  • Those who have overly large and sagging nipples.
  • Those who have extremely large areola compared to their breast size.

Surgical methods

Inverted Nipple Correction

What is an inverted nipple?

An inverted nipple is a condition where the nipple, instead of pointing outward, is flat or retracted into the breast. 3% of Korean women experience this phenomenon due to hereditary factors.

A nipple can become inverted because of a lack of supporting tissues on the lower part of the nipple, short lactiferous ducts, and the fibrous tissues which pull the nipples and prevent them from protruding.

Inverted nipples are considered aesthetically displeasing, cause secretions, inflammation, disturb breastfeeding, and hinder the nipple’s function as an erogenous zone; correcting inverted nipples can be beneficial since frequent inflammations and difficulty in breastfeeding may increase breast cancer rates.

Procedures for inverted nipple correction

The surgical methods vary depending on the degree of inversion: minor inversion, repetitive inversion, and constant conversion. In addition, the procedures are divided into two categories based on the preservation and non-preservation of the lactiferous ducts.

1. Lactiferous Duct Preserving Method: Breast Feeding Remains Possible

Non-incision Method

Suitable for patients with slightly inverted nipples.

Small holes are drilled around the nipple which works in a similar fashion as the double eyelid non-incision method.

Triangular Flap Method

Suitable for patients with moderately inverted nipples

The inverted nipple is pulled out and tissues under the nipple are filled to correct the inversion.

2. Lactiferous Duct Non-preserving Method: Broadbent-Woolf Method

  • This procedure is suitable for patients who have had an inverted nipple correction but the inverted nipples relapsed and patients with severely inverted nipples.


It’s important to preserve the lactiferous ducts as maximally as possible during the surgery while making enough correction to ensure there will be no relapse.

Good results cannot be achieved by using only one specific surgical procedure. In order to obtain good results, it is necessary to accurately diagnose the degree of inversion and choose the appropriate surgical method.

Surgery is performed under local anesthesia or sedation, and the operation time varies depending on the operation method (generally between 20 – 40 minutes).

Nipple Reduction

What is nipple reduction?

Generally, the diameter of a nipple is about 1cm, and the height is about 7mm. An excessively large or long nipple can damage the harmony of the breasts. This condition is called nipple hypertrophy. Although it does not affect the functions of a nipple, many patients seek to correct the condition for aesthetic purposes.

Nipple hypertrophy is commonly an acquired condition, for example the nipples enlarge after breastfeeding, but some patients may have large nipples congenitally. During the surgery, the incision and removal of the excessive nipple tissue are followed by a suture. There are almost no visible scarring or side effects and the patients can return to normal life right after the operation.

Procedures for nipple reduction


Lactiferous Duct Preserving Method

This method is generally performed on those who have elongated nipples. The skin and tissues next to the nipple are removed, and the lactiferous ducts are preserved for breastfeeding.


Lactiferous Duct Non-preserving Method

  • The upper part of the nipple is incised in a V-shape and is sutured to reduce the size of the nipple.
  • This procedure removes parts of the lactiferous ducts so breastfeeding may not be possible. This procedure is recommended for those who have finished breastfeeding and do not need to breastfeed in the future.

Recovery After the Nipple & Areola Surgery

This is an outpatient procedure, you may get discharged immediately after the surgery. There is almost no pain, so the patients return to their daily life right away.
You will have to visit the hospital three times for postoperative treatments.
Do not wear tight underwear for one month after the surgery to maintain beautiful nipples.
The lactiferous ducts will be preserved as much as possible; breastfeeding is possible after the operation.


Patients experience different degrees of postoperative complications based on their conditions. It’s important that you pay extra attention to the instructions for postoperative management.

With more than 21 years of experience, a surgeon specialized in Breast Surgery.

JW surgeon for the Breast has been performing surgery with know-how from various clinical experiences, as well as dedication to achieving the best result by medical research.