Women seek corrective surgery for nipples which are retracted (inverted) or too prominent. These are problems that can be easily corrected under local anesthesia in the office.
Women with inverted nipples actually have nipples, but they are pulled below the level of the areola by breast ducts that are too short. The most effective operation to correct this is to sever the ducts and splint the nipple in an “out” position. Because the ducts are severed, this surgery would make future breast feeding impossible. Consequently women who plan to breast feed should wait until they are done with childbearing to have this procedure. The sexual sensation to the nipple is preserved.
Nipple reduction removes skin to decrease the projection of the nipple. It can be done in a manner that preserves the ducts and would allow future breast feeding. The nipple sensation is generally preserved.