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Mamilliplasty and areola surgery

  • Surgery duration20 minutes to 1 hour
  • AnesthesiaLocal anesthesia or sedation anesthesia
  • HospitalizationA day patient
  • Removal of stitches7 days after an operation
  • Number of
    postoperative visits
    3 times
  • Recovery periodRight after an operation
What is mamilliplasty/areola surgery?

Mamilliplasty/areola surgery for the harmony between the breasts and the nipples/areolae

For gorgeous breasts, beautiful nipples and areola are as important as breast size and elasticity. The harmony between the breasts and the nipples/areolae make truly beautiful breasts.
Therefore, inverted nipples and large and sagging nipples should be corrected through inverted nipple correction and nipple reduction, respectively. Dark nipples and areolae can be brightened through a whitening procedure. In addition, excessively large areolae can be corrected through areola reduction.

We recommend mamilliplasty/areola surgery to the following people.
  • 01Those who want to correct their inverted nipples for anesthetic purposes
  • 02Those who experience inflammation frequently due to having inverted nipples
  • 03Those who cannot breastfeed due to extremely inverted nipples
  • 04Those who have overly large and sagging nipples
  • 05Those who have extremely large areola compared to the breasts
Inverted nipple correction/Nipple reduction

01Inverted 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 the Korean women experience this phenomenon by hereditary factors. A nipple is inverted when there are not enough tissues supporting the lower part of the nipple and short lactiferous ducts and their neighboring fiber tissues prevent the nipple from being protruded. As inverted nipples ruin the beauty of breasts and continue secretion, it easily causes inflammation, disturbs breastfeeding, and does not function as an erogenous zone. Inverted nipples should be corrected since frequent inflammation and a difficulty in breastfeeding may increase breast cancer rates.



Non-incision method (Buried suture) is recommended for:

Surgical procedures vary depend on the degree of inversion: minor inversion, repetitive inversion, and constant conversion.
In addition, inverted nipple correction can be divided into the lactiferous duct preserving method and the lactiferous duct non-preserving method.



  • 01 Lactiferous duct preserving method: Breastfeeding possible - Non-incision method : Patients with slightly inverted nipples
    Similar to non-incision double eyelid surgery, small holes are made around the nipples.

    - Triangular flap method : Patients with moderately inverted nipples
    An inverted nipple is pulled out and tissues are filled under the nipple to correct the inversion.
  • 02 Lactiferous duct non-preserving method: Broadbent-Woolf method For patients who already underwent inverted nipple correction one or have seriously inverted nipples

It is important to preserve the functions of the lactiferous ducts for breastfeeding while preventing a recurrence of inverted nipples.

You cannot expect good results after only one procedure.
To achieve satisfactory results, the severity of inversion should be accurately diagnosed and proper surgical methods should be selected.
A local anesthesia or sedation anesthesia is given during an operation. The surgical duration varies depending on the procedures, but generally between 20 and 40 minutes.



Recovery after an operation


  • 01You can leave the hospital and go back to normal life right after an operation. You will hardly experience any pain.
  • 02Outpatient treatment varies depending on the procedures. Generally, you should visit the hospital three times for postoperative treatment.
  • 03Do not wear tight underwear for one month to attain beautiful nipples.
  • 04 We preserve lactiferous ducts as much as possible. You can breastfeed after an operation.

    * Postoperative complications such as bleeding, infection, inflammation vary depending on the patient’s conditions. Pay extra attention to postoperative management.

02Nipple reduction

What is nipple reduction?

Generally, the diameter of a nipple is about 1cm and the height is about 7mm. However, an excessively large or long nipple is not harmonized with the breasts. This is called nipple hypertrophy. Although it does not affect the functions of a nipple, many patients want to correct it for aesthetic purposes.
Nipple hypertrophy is mostly acquired such as the enlargement of nipples after breastfeeding, but some patients have large nipples congenitally. During the surgery, the incision of the excessive nipple tissue is followed by a suture, and there is almost no scarring or side effects. Thus, patients can return to normal life right after an operation.



Surgical procedure

Nipple reduction can be divided into the lactiferous duct preserving method and the lactiferous duct non-preserving method.



  • 01 Nipple preserving method This method is generally applied to those who have elongated nipples. The skin and tissues next to a nipple are removed and the lactiferous ducts are preserved for breastfeeding.
  • 02 Lactiferous duct non-preserving method - The upper part of a nipple is incised in the shape of V and the incision is sutured. This method greatly reduces the size of a nipple.

    - In this procedure, part of the lactiferous ducts is removed. If too much of the lactiferous ducts are removed, breastfeeding may not be possible. This procedure is recommended to those who finished breastfeeding or will not breastfeed in the future.


Recovery from an operation


  • 01You can leave the hospital and go back to normal life right after an operation. You will hardly experience any pain.
  • 02You should visit the hospital three times for postoperative treatment.
  • 03Do not wear tight underwear for one month to attain beautiful nipples.
  • 04 A local anesthesia or sedation anesthesia is given during an operation. The surgical sites will not be visible.

    * Postoperative complications such as bleeding and infection vary depending on the patient’s conditions. Pay extra attention to postoperative management.
JW’s knowhow for Mamilliplasty and Areolar Surgery!
  • 01No scarring! Scar treatment program
  • 02Postoperative management system for preventing capsular contracture, swelling, bruises, and pain
  • 03Cooperative medical system of the breast surgery team, the postoperative management team, and anesthesiologists
  • 04Use of Dantrolene for malignant hyperthermia treatment
  • 05Thorough safety management system for an immediate response to emergencies
Please note: In regards to before and after photos on this site, results may vary depending on each patients' individual case