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Nipple surgery

Invaginated (inverted) nipples are characterized by the fact that they do not point outward normally, even when stimulated manually or with cold, and hence remain retracted. This can create a complex, which is easily corrected by a quick, effective surgical intervention to restore the nipples’ natural shape. Since invaginated nipples can be problematic for breastfeeding, this procedure is sometimes covered by health insurance.


Crisalix is 3D simulation software that shows the results of aesthetic surgery. This tool helps patients better express their request and enables surgeons to give clear, reasoned explanations. Patients are therefore better informed when they decide to have an operation.


  • Can you breastfeed with inverted nipples?
    Inverted nipples are caused by short lactiferous ducts, through which milk flows. This makes breastfeeding very difficult or even impossible. After the intervention, it will not be any easier to breastfeed but your nipples’ aesthetic appearance will be restored.
  • Is there any scarring after the intervention on inverted nipples?
    The intervention causes very discreet scars – which become invisible after a year – at the base of the nipples.
  • When are the definitive results obtained?
    The nipples’ natural appearance is restored immediately after the intervention. You should nevertheless expect 3-4 weeks’ healing before obtaining the definitive result.

Useful information

Before the intervention

  • Two consultations need to be arranged: one with the plastic surgeon and the other with the anaesthetist.
  • You will be given a quote and a mutual informed consent form, which must both be signed before the intervention.
  • Stop smoking for 1 month before and after the intervention.
  • Do not take aspirin (except for cardiovascular indications to be discussed with your cardiologist and/or anaesthetist) for 10 days before the intervention.
  • Do not take anti-inflammatory drugs for 10 days before the intervention.
  • Pre-operative photographs are taken.
  • A mammography is obligatory for women older than 35.
  • 15-day medico-legal reflection period (which cannot be shortened) between the 1st consultation and the intervention.

Day of the intervention

  • Short general anaesthetic or local anaesthetic in conjunction with diazanalgesia (twilight anaesthetic).
  • Duration of the intervention: 30 mins-1 hour on average.
  • You can go home the same day as the intervention (outpatient procedure).

After the intervention

  • The dressing is removed 1 day after the intervention.
  • Do not wear a bra for 1 week.
  • Apply Vaseline to your nipples for 1 week.
  • Return to work: after 1-3 days, depending on your work environment.
  • Resume sport: after 1 month.
  • Final result obtained: immediately, with the definitive result after 1 month.
  • Consultations after 15 days, 3 months and 12 months for a clinical check-up and to take post-operative photographs.


  • Nipple surgery
    From 4,500 CHF


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