Nipple Reduction

Nipple Reduction

Are you unhappy with the way your nipples look?  Are your nipples stretched or damaged from breast-feeding, your areolas too big and uneven.  Or are your nipples too long, too big, too visible underneath your clothing or are they just sagging?

Do you want to alter the size, shape, and other characteristics of your nipples so you are more comfortable of how they look with a better symmetry and overall appearance?

Let us reduce their projection and decrease the circumference of the nipple as well. Nipple reductions are usually performed in conjunction with breast augmentation or breast lift, but it can be performed alone.

What Is Nipple Reduction Surgery?

Nipple reduction is a relatively quick, safe surgical procedure that can reduce the size of one or both nipples, to improve their appearance. This cosmetic procedure typically addresses nipple height or projection, and then focuses on diameter or width if needed.  The procedure can shorten both nipple length and reduce width, creating more balance between the nipple and areola.

It can be performed on men and women, though it’s more commonly sought out by women whose nipples have become stretched and droopy from breastfeeding.

Any healthy adult who feels self-conscious about their nipple appearance and has realistic expectations for the final result can be a good candidate for this procedure.

A nipple reduction is not recommended for women who plan to breastfeed, or those who are pregnant.

What Are The Potential Side Effects Of A Nipple Reduction Procedure?

Possible side effects following a nipple reduction procedure include asymmetry, loss of sensation, pain, infection, numbness, heightened sensitivity, loss of pigment, loss of nipple, inability to breastfeed, and visible scarring.

What Can Someone Expect From The Results Of A Nipple Reduction Procedure?

The results of a nipple reduction procedure are permanent and visible immediately after the surgery. The results may be affected by pregnancy and breastfeeding, and may interfere with the ability to breastfeed.

What Are The Pros Of Nipple Reduction Surgery?

It can make stretched, droopy nipples or large nipples smaller and more proportional.  Previous patients report increased confidence and feelings of relief in knowing that the appearance of their nipples is more well-proportioned.

What Are The Cons Of Nipple Reduction Surgery?

Temporary loss of nipple sensation is another risk.  There’s also a small risk that women will have difficulty breastfeeding in the future, though in the hands of an experienced surgeon, this complication should be extremely rare.

There is a small chance that you will have visible scarring after a nipple reduction. If this becomes a concern, your surgeon can recommend a scar treatment.

What Happens During Nipple Reduction Surgery?

A nipple reduction procedure typically takes less than an hour. After making a small, circular incision around the nipple itself, the surgeon removes excess tissue and reshapes remaining tissue to reduce the nipple size, taking care to make the nipples as symmetrical as possible.

The exact surgical technique they use will depend in part on whether you’re also having areola reduction surgery or other breast procedures, including:

  1. Breast augmentation: Combining nipple and areola reduction with breast implant surgery or fat transfer breast augmentation can restore volume and enhance the shape of the entire breast.
  2. Breast lift: Also called a mastopexy, this breast surgery raises sagging breasts by removing excess tissue, reshaping the breast, and repositioning the nipple. A breast lift and nipple reduction combination can be a good option for women whose breast skin, areolas, and nipples have stretched due to pregnancy and breastfeeding. It can also be combined with breast augmentation.
  3. Breast reduction: Women with disproportionately large breasts often have large areolas and nipples, which can be reduced during breast reduction surgery.

Nipple reduction surgery is typically done under local anesthesia when it’s performed alone, while more involved breast procedures are usually performed under general anesthesia.

What Is The Recovery Period For Nipple Reduction Procedure?

Your nipples may feel tender and sore for about a week after your procedure. Your doctor will most likely recommend over-the-counter pain medication.

Most candidates experience one to two weeks of recovery following a nipple reduction. Many individuals return to work after one to two days. Patients are advised to refrain from strenuous activity and sexual activity for 10 days.

What Should You Expect During Nipple Reduction Recovery?

You won’t need to take time off work, but you’ll have some tenderness, swelling, bruising, and discomfort during the healing process. The swelling should start to resolve after the first week, though it could take up to six weeks to fully heal.

During this time, your surgeon may recommend wearing a specialized surgical bra to protect your nipples. You’ll also need to avoid strenuous activity.

You’ll likely have stitches along the incisions. These will either be taken out by your doctor around one week post-op in a follow-up visit or dissolve on their own, depending on the type of sutures used.