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Nipple Reduction

Nipple reduction is a minor surgery performed to reduce the size and projection of the nipples. Women may have concerns about nipple size and projection which can occur from breast development, or enlargement following pregnancies and breastfeeding.

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What is Nipple Reduction Surgery?

Nipple reduction is a minor surgery performed to reduce the size and projection of the nipples. Women may have concerns about nipple size and projection which can occur from breast development, or enlargement following pregnancies and breastfeeding.

How is Nipple Reduction Performed?

Nipple reduction is most commonly performed under local anesthetic in the office setting. Topical local anesthetic may be used in addition to injected local anesthetic.  Surgical time is 60-75 minutes. There are several techniques for nipple reduction depending on your nipple size and final aesthetic goals.  Your Plastic Surgeon will discuss with you the best technique for you during your consultation. The procedure will involve removing excess nipple tissue, while still maintaining a pleasing cosmetic appearance. Following surgery, Tylenol and Advil will be required to minimize discomfort.

Nipple Reduction Recovery

Following nipple reduction surgery, most patients can return to regular activities within 24-48 hours.  Vigorous activity can begin after 7-10 days. Patients will receive detailed aftercare instructions regarding physical activity restrictions, wound care and showering post-op.  It is recommended to wear a loose-fitting bra during recovery.   Sutures do not need to be removed, as they are self dissolving. Nipple sensitivity typically returns to normal within one month after surgery.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Can nipple reduction reduction surgery be combined with other procedures?

    Yes. Nipple reduction may be combined with other breast procedures, including breast lift, breast reduction, or breast augmentation. Reduction of areola size can also be done at the same time, if required. Combining your procedures is an effective way to reduce downtime and costs. Your Plastic Surgeon will discuss a bespoke surgical plan with you during your consultation.

  • Does nipple reduction affect sensitivity?

    In most cases, nipple sensitivity is preserved, and returns to normal within one month. There is a small risk of permanent change in nipple sensation. Permanent nipple numbness is uncommon, but can occur in rare situations.

  • Can I breast feed after nipple reduction?

    Depending on the specific technique of nipple reduction, the ability to breast feed may be affected. Although most procedures are designed to preserve the ability to breast feed, a reduction in breast feeding ability may occur.

  • How much does nipple reduction surgery cost?

    Prices start at $900 for one side, and bilateral nipple surgery is $1500-$1900.

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