At a Glance
Do you feel like your nipples are wide, puffy and just overly prominent? Do they make you feel self-conscious? You may wish to undergo a nipple reduction surgery.
Nipple reduction can reduce the height and width of your nipple, while still maintaining the sensation in the nipples.
Nipple reduction surgery is performed under a local anaesthetic, and you will be able to return home on the same day, once the effects of the anaesthetic have worn off.
It is possible to suffer from enlargement of the nipple itself or the brown area around the nipple (the areola).
The nipple itself may:
- Protrude too much
- Be too wide
- Be an uneven shape
The areolar is the brown area around the nipple and this may be :
- Too large
- Uneven and not round in shape
- Domed and raised from the surrounding skin
Abnormalities of the nipple can be treated with:
- Reduction in the size of the areolar
- Surgery to make the areola more rounded
- An operation to reduce the tissue beneath the areolar and reduce its domed appearance
The nipple reduction surgery can be a simple solution for both men and women to being happier with the appearance of their breasts without going through invasive surgeries.
Benefits of nipple reduction:
- Corrects overly prominent, wide or puffy nipples
- Boosts up body confidence
- Improves mental health
Risks of nipple reduction:
- Infection, but is extremely rare
- Temporary or loss of sensation the nipples caused by damage to the nerves
- Difficulty in breastfeeding
- Some may lose pigment on the nipple area
All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with nipple reduction surgery.
We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.
Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.
The nipple reduction procedure is performed purely for cosmetic purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem.
Nipple reduction surgery is normally performed under local anaesthetic, and you will be awake during the operation. If you would prefer your nipple reduction surgery can be performed under a light general anaesthetic.
Nipple reduction is performed as a day case, so you will be able to return home on the same day as the procedure.
The surgeon will make incisions which will reduce the size of the nipples. Dissolvable stitches will be used in most cases.
Most people notice mild discomfort after nipple reduction surgery. This is usually well controlled by simple medications such as paracetamol. You should be able to return to work and social activities within a week.
You will experience some discomfort for 24-48 hours following your surgery, but most patients recover very quickly. You can take pain medications if necessary.
Within a week, the very fine absorbable stitches should fall out after which your dressings will be removed.
Expect some swelling for the first 2-3 weeks, but you will be able to see the final results only after 4-6 weeks.
Nipple reduction surgery is considered to be a good solution for reducing prominent nipples.
Nipple reduction before and after
Am I an ideal candidate for nipple reduction?Ideal for individuals who feel that the size of their nipples are big in relation to their breasts.
How is nipple reduction going to benefit me?The procedure corrects overly prominent, wide or puffy nipples – giving you more confidence when wearing tight fitting clothes.
How is the nipple reduction performed?The area which concerns you will then be reduced. Absorbable stitches will be used in most cases.
How long does the procedure take?It is a very quick procedure and usually takes 20 minutes to treat each nipple.
Is the procedure painful?The procedure is normally performed under local anaesthetic so you will not feel any discomfort, however can also be performed under a light general anaesthetic.
What is the recovery period like?Most people experience mild discomfort after nipple reduction surgery and can take pain medications to ease it. You should be able to return to work and social activities within a week, but we recommend you to avoid strenuous physical activity for 6 weeks following your surgery.
What are the risks associated with nipple reduction?Infection but extremely rare
Temporary or loss of sensation the nipples
Difficulty in breastfeeding
Lose pigment on the nipple area
Will there be scarring after nipple reduction surgery?Nipple reduction is a minor procedure, therefore, scarring is minimal as they are usually hidden on the underside of the nipples.