Procedures

Inverted Nipples

Inverted Nipples

Inverted nipples are not a common problem, but for the women affected, the issue can affect self-confidence and even a woman’s ability to breastfeed. Inverted nipples occur when the nipples pull in instead of protruding out, due to constricted tissue within the breast. By addressing that constriction through a straightforward surgical procedure, the nipple can often be permanently corrected into a more natural position.

Dr Teston offers inverted nipple correction in addition to her other breast enhancement procedures. In fact, when appropriate, nipples can be corrected at the same time the breasts are augmented, lifted, or reduced. With more than two decades of experience, Dr Teston is qualified to handle all of your breast concerns and help you meet your aesthetic goals.

Before Your Inverted Nipple Surgery

Before scheduling surgery to correct your inverted nipples, Dr Teston will check your level of inversion to see if surgery is even necessary. There are three basic inversion levels:

  • Level One – The nipple is inverted but will respond to cold or touch and protrude normally. The protrusion is only temporary. This may also be referred to as “shy” nipples.
  • Level Two – The nipple is constantly inverted but suction may bring it out briefly. Again, the protrusion is only temporary as long as the suction is working.
  • Level Three – At this stage, the nipple will not project even under stimulation or suction. This is due to severely constricted tissue beneath the skin’s surface, and will likely require a surgical procedure to correct.

Dr Teston will evaluate your personal situation to help you determine the best treatment option for you. If surgery appears to be the best choice, she performs a procedure that is most likely to preserve your nipple sensation afterward.

During Your Inverted Nipple Surgery

Inverted nipple surgery is performed under general anaesthesia, to ensure you are comfortably asleep during the procedure. A small incision is made inside the areola, where post-operative scarring will not be visible. Through the incision, Dr Teston will spread or stretch the constricted fibres, using sutures to hold them in their new position. A special device is placed over the nipples for the first couple of days after the procedure to hold them in their newly projected position while healing occurs.

This procedure has largely replaced a previous technique that involved severing milk ducts to release the nipple. With this method, women completely lost their ability to breastfeed after surgery. The new technique improves the possibility of nursing for some women.

After Your Inverted Nipple Surgery

The recovery after inverted nipple surgery is relatively short. Most of Dr Teston’s patients are back to their regular activities within a matter of days. Although there is no guarantee the nipples will remain in their projected position permanently, this procedure offers a much higher success rate than any other treatment today.

Nipple inversion is not usually a serious medical concern, but it can be a source of significant cosmetic embarrassment. Contact Dr Teston’s office today on (02) 9708 3511 to find out if inverted nipple surgery is the right choice for you.

Procedures Offered


With more than two decades of experience in plastic surgery, Dr Teston is qualified to provide a broad range of plastic surgery procedures. Some of the choices available to her patients include:

Breast Enhancement

No matter what cosmetic goals you might have for your breasts, Dr Teston can help you achieve them. One of her specialties is correcting asymmetries between the breasts that cause a woman to feel self-conscious about her body. Other breast procedures offered by Dr Teston include:

Facial Improvements

Whether you are concerned about the effects of ageing or looking to correct an imperfection that has been nagging you throughout your adult life, Dr Teston offers procedures to enhance and refresh your appearance. She can customise any of the following to your specifications and facial proportions:

  • Facelift to smooth the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles
  • Eyelid surgery to correct drooping and rejuvenate the area around the eyes
  • Rhinoplasty or nose reshaping to create symmetry, remove imperfections, or restore the nose after injury
  • Otoplasty (or ear surgery) to correct ears that stick out or are disproportionately large
Body Contouring

Body contouring is an effective way to put the final touches on your body shape when you can’t get there with diet and exercise alone. Body contouring is usually recommended for patients that have achieved a healthy, stable weight and may include the following:

  • Abdominoplasty (or tummy tuck) to tighten and flatten the midsection
  • Lift procedures to shape and firm the upper arms and thighs
  • Liposuction to remove isolated, stubborn areas of fat from nearly anywhere on the body
  • Labiaplasty to correct discomfort due to either developmental or hormonal enlargements or scarring
Skin Treatments

As the largest organ of the body, the skin deserves special attention. When you want to get rid of unsightly moles, fatty lumps, or other concerns, Dr Teston is prepared to eliminate the blemish and leave the best cosmetic results behind. Some of the concerns Dr Teston can treat include:

Hand Restoration

Your hands are one of the most functional and visible parts of the body, and when they are injured or affected by a debilitating condition, the effects on your life can be dramatic. Dr Teston offers hand surgery to treat many of these concerns, with the following being some of the hand conditions she treats:

When you are in search of a plastic surgeon in Sydney, Dr Teston offers a valuable female perspective, extensive training and experience, and a commitment to the highest level of patient care. To learn more about our practice, contact our office today at (02) 9708 3511.