Nipple Reduction

Nipple Reduction is a procedure many women do not know about. I am also surprised by how many surgeons do not offer this option. For the right person nipple reduction can make the difference between a good and a great result after breast surgery.

What is Nipple Reduction?

Nipple reduction is simply a procedure which makes your nipple smaller. Usually women need both a shorter nipple and a more narrow nipple, so small amounts of skin and typically also duct tissue are removed and sutured back together.

  • Do I need a nipple reduction? You only need nipple reduction if the size of your nipples bothers you. This is typically an issue for women after they have had breast implants and realize that they no longer need to wear a bra. If your nipples are so prominent that they are noticeable in thinner bras or simply under clothing even without a bra, then you might want to consider nipple reduction surgeryafter nipple reduction.Before nipple reduction
  • How is the procedure performed? There are many techniques for nipple reduction surgery. The fact is that they all seem to heal well with minimal scar. In some cases, a pie-shaped wedge of tissue is removed and brought together. In other cases, skin from the sides of the nipple is removed to shorten the tissue. Other techniques involve directly removing tissue from the top of the nipple.
  • Do I need to have my nipple reduction at the time of surgery? Absolutely not. Many women would prefer to accept the changes resulting from their breast augmentation surgery before they consider this option. Nipple reduction is very easily performed in the office setting and it can be performed at any point during the healing process.
  • Will this procedure reduce my nipple sensation? It can. Sensation is related to nerve innervation from within the breast itself, so really any type of breast surgery can have this effect. In nipple reduction surgery, there will be scar tissue in the nipple. As most people who have had surgery know, scar tissue can take months to years to soften. Change in sensation is not a common complaint of nipple reduction or breast augmentation surgery, but it can happen and this side effect should be considered carefully if it would change your decision to have surgery.
  • Will nipple reduction make it harder to breast feed? Yes. In fact, depending on the technique used you may not be able to breast feed if the terminal openings of the breast ducts become scarred. I do not recommend nipple surgery for any woman who is interested in breast feeding in the future.
  • What are my options if I don’t want a nipple reduction? There are great products on the market which can help flatten or hide your implant without needing to wear a bulky padded bra at all times. Typically these products are small silicone shields, which when applied to your skin, stay in place and help conceal you nipple in clothes. Please give our office a call if you would like assistance ordering these products.

Questions Regarding Nipple Reduction?

If you have any questions regarding nipple reduction or would like to schedule a consultation, please feel free to contact my office.

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