Puffy nipples develop when the nipples or areolas develop a swollen appearance which causes the nipples to project outwards and does not match the natural contour of the chest. Although puffy nipples can occur in both men and women, the condition is most commonly seen in men. Teenage boys typically complain of puffy nipples during puberty, but this is most commonly temporary and settles down on its own. Puffy nipples that persist into adulthood and affect self-confidence and daily activities can be easily corrected with nipple reduction surgery.
What are the causes of puffy nipples?
The most common causes of the development of puffy nipples include hereditary factors and when hormonal fluctuations occur, as is common in pregnancy, puberty or during the normal menstrual cycle in women. Certain other factors may contribute to the formation of puffy nipples, and these include certain foods, medications and anabolic steroid use. Men may get puffy nipples when they accumulate excessive fat or undergo changes in testosterone levels. Gynecomastia most commonly occurs with changes in hormonal imbalance and is one of the leading causes of puffy nipples in men.
Diet and exercise are able to successfully improve the appearance of a puffy nipple in many cases. Stopping certain medications may also improve the condition. In most cases of puffy nipples, the only effective treatment is with puffy nipple reduction surgery or male breast reduction surgery.
How can I tell if I have puffy nipples?
Puffy nipples most commonly appear as a swollen or puffy nipple mound which protrudes outwards and does not follow the normal contours of the chest. If you are unsure if you have puffy nipples, we would recommend having face-to-face consultation with one of our expert breast surgeons at our London clinic.
Why do I have puffy nipples?
Puffy nipples are related to several potential courses, including hormonal fluctuations of oestrogen and testosterone. Patients may be taking certain medications that can worsen the appearance of puffy nipples. Men who undertake bodybuilding and take anabolic steroids may develop puffy nipples. Puffy nipples can also occur in men who are overweight or obese and have an excess of chest fat. In these cases, men can get rid of puffy nipples by eating healthily and exercising regularly with liposuction reserved for men who cannot reduce puffy nipples with lifestyle improvements alone. Puffy nipples are not considered dangerous and are not linked to a severe underlying medical condition.
How to fix puffy nipples?
The best treatment for puffy nipples depends on the underlying cause of the nipple puffiness. If the potential cause it’s related to having a high body mass index, then successfully losing weight with diet and exercise is the best way to get rid of puffy nipples. It is essential to bear in mind that consistency and willpower are required to lose weight successfully and keep it off in the long term. Specific exercises can target the removal of chest fat, including press-ups, bench presses and arm dips. Regular swimming can also benefit in toning the chest muscles and simultaneously removing chest fat leading to the elimination of puffy nipples.
Many men may have hormonal fluctuations with excessive amounts of oestrogen relative to testosterone. Hormonal supplements may help to get rid of puffy nipples. If non-surgical methods have proven unsuccessful, we recommend a surgical solution in the form of nipple reduction surgery, which may often be combined with gynecomastia surgery for effective and long-term results. The nipple reduction procedure involves removing targeted amounts of soft tissue, which results in a reduction in the height of the nipple. The width of the nipple can also be reduced by removing selected portions of skin followed by closing the incisions with dissolvable sutures. Your surgeon will take great care to preserve nipple sensation whilst maintaining a natural-looking appearance of the nipple.
How to get rid of puffy nipples in men?
The best surgical procedures to get rid of puffy nipples in men include nipple reduction surgery or gynecomastia surgery. In many cases, these procedures can be successfully combined to get rid of puffy nipples permanently.
What does nipple reduction surgery involve?
Nipple reduction surgery is commonly carried out under local anaesthetic as a day case at our state-of-the-art Baker Street clinic in central London. In both women and men, the procedure can be combined with other procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction or gynecomastia surgery in men. In these cases, nipple reduction would most commonly be carried out under a general anaesthetic.
Centre for Surgery is recognised as the leading cosmetic surgery clinic in London and is home to some of the top breast surgeons in the UK. If you would like to learn more about surgery for puffy nipples, please get in touch with us today to book a face-to-face consultation on 020 7993 4849.