Puffy nipples are common in men and can affect the overall chest contour. Puffy nipples and man boobs may prevent men from engaging in many social situations, such as going to the gym or removing their T-shirts whilst on the beach. Although puffy nipples are harmless and are not linked with a serious medical condition, they can be a source of considerable psychological distress. Fortunately, gynecomastia surgery, also known as gyno surgery, is a highly effective surgical procedure to eliminate puffy nipples and create a more masculine-looking chest permanently.
Centre for Surgery is considered the leading plastic surgery clinic in London and is home to some of the best gyno surgeons in the UK. We carry out hundreds of gynecomastia procedures each year at our central London clinic using the most advanced medical techniques.
What causes puffy nipples?
Puffy nipples can be due to several causes, including:
- Hormonal fluctuations during puberty or with age
- Certain medications
- A sedentary lifestyle leading to excess fat
- Steroid use
- Gynaecomastia – enlargement of male breast tissue
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Male breast reduction surgery for puffy nipples
Enlarged breasts in men can be caused by an excess of glandular tissue, fat or a combination of both. Gynecomastia may affect one or both breasts and gyno surgery is always tailored to the needs of the individual patient. Gynecomastia surgery is most commonly carried out under a general anaesthetic. Mild forms of gynecomastia may be corrected using a local anaesthetic alone depending on the extent of surgical correction required. Gynecomastia surgery generally involves a combination of liposuction with surgical gland removal to achieve an optimum chest contour for enhanced results.
Once the local anaesthetic has been injected into the male breast tissue, surgical incisions will be made through the nipple to remove excess breast tissue. Tiny incisions permit access for the liposuction cannula to extract excess fat. Liposuction involves inserting specialised cannulas into the subcutaneous fat to break up the fat cells, followed by their removal. Once the optimum chest contour has been achieved, incisions will be closed using dissolvable stitches.
What are the benefits of gynecomastia surgery for puffy nipples?
Gynecomastia surgery has the potential to transform your self-confidence for a significant boost in emotional well-being. Other benefits include a more masculine-looking chest which allows men an increased range of clothing options, including tighter-fitting shirts. Removal of excess breast tissue may also help to reduce skin irritation.
Am I suitable for gynecomastia surgery?
The consultation serves as the foundation for determining your suitability for gynecomastia surgery. Your surgeon will listen carefully to your needs and desires to determine if gyno surgery is right for you. Suitable candidates for gynecomastia surgery include:
- Men in an overall state of good physical and mental health with no chronic medical conditions
- Men who are looking to improve the contour of the chest
- Men who have experienced dramatic weight loss resulting in loose skin and puffy nipples
- Men who have had unsuccessful surgery elsewhere, leading to botched results and the need for corrective surgery.
- Men who have developed a significant loss of self-confidence due to how their chest looks.
- Men with realistic expectations of what the procedure can achieve and are aware of the risks and complications of surgery.
Gyno surgery for puffy nipples FAQS
Can diet reduce puffy nipples?
If men have developed excess fat, leading to puffy nipples, eating a healthy diet can help to reduce chest fat. Recommended foods include vegetables and fruits. Whole-grain foods include berries, beans, broccoli and whole-grain cereals. Weight gain can be avoided by avoiding processed foods with high levels of sugar and fat. Puffy nipples can be due to an underlying hormonal imbalance, and certain foods that contain oestrogen should be avoided. Examples of foods high in oestrogen include peaches, soy products, berries, flaxseeds and sesame seeds.
Can exercise get rid of puffy nipples?
Carrying out regular chest exercises focused on toning the chest can help to get rid of puffy nipples. Effective exercises include chest presses, push-ups, forward dips and a barbell bench press. Regular cardiovascular exercise, including running, cycling, and swimming, should also be carried out to reduce overall body fat.
What happens if gynaecomastia is left untreated?
Gynaecomastia is not generally seen as a dangerous condition in most cases. Most men may experience pain and discomfort from having excess male breast tissue, which may cause skin irritation and inadequate hygiene due to excessive moisture buildup between skinfolds. Men may also develop a loss of self-confidence, which may affect their ability to engage in many everyday social situations.
How should I prepare for gynecomastia surgery for puffy nipples?
Optimum preparation for gynaecomastia surgery will help you to achieve the best possible results. You will receive detailed preoperative instructions in advance of your procedure.
- You should avoid smoking for at least four weeks before and after surgery
- Certain medications containing aspirin should be avoided to reduce the risk of bleeding during and after surgery
- You should arrange at least one week off work to allow for adequate recovery
- Wash in antibacterial chlorhexidine solution for at least two days before surgery
- Wear comfortable loose loose-fitting clothes that can be easily removed.
- Fast for a minimum of six hours for food and two hours for clear fluids before surgery.
How long does gynecomastia surgery take to perform?
Gynaecomastia surgery generally takes between one and two hours to complete, depending on the extent of surgical correction and the results you are looking to achieve.
Is male breast reduction surgery for puffy nipples painful?
Gyno surgery is most commonly carried out under general anaesthesia, which means you will not feel any pain during the procedure. You may feel mild discomfort in the early recovery period, although this can be easily controlled with prescription painkillers given to you by your surgeon.
How long does it take to recover after gyno surgery for puffy nipples?
Recovery after gyno surgery for puffy nipples takes up to 6 weeks. You must take it easy during the first two weeks, including avoiding all strenuous activity. Carrying out exercise too early after surgery may increase the risk of wound complications. Mild pain discomfort can be easily controlled with over-the-counter painkillers, and you should follow all of your surgeon’s post-operative instructions to get the smoothest recovery after gynecomastia surgery.
Will I have visible scars after gyno surgery?
Gynaecomastia scars are not usually very visible, and the scars will gradually lighten and fade over time so that they become barely noticeable after three months.
Can puffy nipples grow back after gyno surgery?
Gyno surgery is designed to achieve a contoured and more masculine-looking chest. The procedure may involve a combination of liposuction and gland excision to get rid of excess breast tissue and fat. As long as men maintain a healthy lifestyle, the results of gyno surgery should be permanent. If men gain a significant amount of weight after surgery or take steroids, gynaecomastia may grow back after surgery.
Can I have gynecomastia surgery twice for puffy nipples?
In some cases, Surgery can be carried out twice. This is often required when excess breast tissue or fact remains in the breasts. Your surgeon will assess this at your postoperative appointment and, if necessary, can schedule you for a minor corrective procedure to remove more fat and breast tissue.
Gynaecomastia surgery for puffy nipples at Centre for Surgery
Centre for Surgery is the leading plastic surgery clinic in the UK. Our gynecomastia surgeons are renowned for their skills and expertise in treating the full range of gynaecomastia and puffy nipples, including men who have undergone significant weight loss. If you want to learn more about the benefits of gynecomastia surgery, call us today on 020 7993 4849 or complete the contact form below to schedule an in-depth gynecomastia consultation at our state-of-the-art Baker Street clinic in Marylebone.