Minor Surgical Procedure
$1000 - $5000
What is a nipple reduction?
A nipple reduction is a plastic surgery procedure to reduce the size of the nipple. This cosmetic procedure typically addresses nipple height or projection, and then focuses on diameter or width if needed. Nipple hypertrophy can be caused by trauma, breastfeeding, pregnancy, or puberty.
The Anatomy of the Female Breast
Regardless, strategic tissue removal can reduce the size of the nipple, and improve the proportions and appearance of the overall breast. This nipple surgery or nipple correction can be combined with other breast surgeries like a breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction.
What cosmetic concerns does a nipple reduction procedure treat?
- Nipple Shape & Size: Alterations to excess nipple tissue can correct shape, size, protrusion, and proportions.
- Mommy Makeover: Changes from breastfeeding can alter the appearance of the nipple which can be corrected through alterations performed in a nipple reduction.
Who is the ideal candidate for a nipple reduction procedure?
The ideal candidate for a nipple reduction is in generally good health and seeking to decrease the size of their nipple. A nipple reduction is not recommended for women who plan to breastfeed, or those who are pregnant.
What is the average recovery associated with a nipple reduction procedure?
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 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 is the average cost of a nipple reduction procedure?
A nipple reduction can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. The actual cost of a Nipple Reduction is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.
What to Expect
Nipple reduction surgery involves decreasing the size of protruding or disproportionately large nipples and trimming excess tissue to create an aesthetically balanced breast. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a nipple reduction.
- Stop taking blood thinning and anti-inflammatory medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 4 weeks before and after the procedure
- No alcohol 2 days prior
- No eating or drinking 6 hours before the procedure
- Preoperative marks on the nipple
- Local anesthesia
- Incisions made
- Skin undermined and excised
- Sutures to close
Immediately After Treatment
- Changes in sensation
A nipple reduction plastic surgery can reduce the size of the nipples to improve the nipple and breast appearance and proportions.