Board Certified Female Plastic Surgeon specializing in Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, and Implant Removal, Serving Las Vegas, Henderson, and Nearby Areas of Nevada
Women who have large nipples with excessive projection may desire a simple nipple reduction surgery. Excess nipple tissue can be easily removed in the office or at the same time as any breast surgery in the operating room. The office procedure is simple and takes less than one hour with minimal downtime and immediate results. Prominent nipples that would otherwise show in tops,swim suits,or bras become easily concealed and less noticeable. If you plan on breast feeding, this should be done ideally after pregnancy and breast feeding.
If your areola are enlarged, they can be made smaller and more proportioned to your breast or nipple size in a similar procedure. This also can be done at the time of breast lift, breast reduction, breast augmentation with lift, or at the same time as nipple reduction.
What Is Nipple Reduction Surgery?
Nipple reduction surgery is a cosmetic surgery that reduces the projection of your nipples. It is performed to help create a more symmetrical appearance.
Who Should Consider Nipple Reduction Surgery?
Patients who are unhappy or self-conscious about their nipple projection are the ideal candidates for the procedure. In addition, patients who have nipple asymmetry may also be suitable candidates for nipple reduction. Some of the top reasons why someone might consider nipple reduction include:
- Overly large nipple size.
- Elongation of the nipples.
- Stretched nipples due to pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Nipple size changes due to weight changes.
How Is Nipple Reduction Performed?
Nipple reduction is a straightforward procedure. Dr. Brown will make small incisions at the base and around your nipple, remove a small portion of tissue, and reshape your nipple to the desired size and projection.
Is Nipple Reduction Permanent?
Yes, nipple reduction surgery is usually permanent.
Can Nipple Reduction Be Performed With Other Procedures?
Yes, nipple reduction can be combined with other procedures, or it can be performed by itself. Some patients may choose to have it performed when they undergo breast augmentation.
What Are the Risks of Nipple Reduction?
Although rare, some of the most common risks associated with nipple reduction include:
- Changes in nipple sensation.
- Undesired aesthetic result.
Will Nipple Reduction Surgery Affect My Ability To Breastfeed?
Having nipple reduction surgery could affect your ability to breastfeed. You could also experience changes in nipple sensation. Be sure to discuss your concerns in consultation to ensure that nipple reduction is the right cosmetic procedure for you.
Are There Any Risks with Nipple Reduction Surgery?
At Desert Hills Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Brown draws from years of experience in plastic surgery to help patients feel comfortable and safe while achieving their aesthetic goals. Because of this, patients can feel confident under her care to manage any side effects or complications that may occur during nipple reduction surgery. While these risks are rare and common side effects do heal on their own, patients should be aware that this procedure can involve the following risks:
- Infection in the treated area
- Loss of nipple sensation
- Potential inability to breastfeed due to damage to the milk ducts
How Can I Prepare for Nipple Reduction Surgery?
Preparing ahead of time for your nipple reduction surgery can lead to a complication-free procedure and recovery. Before your surgery, we recommend patients do the following:
- Consult your primary doctor about stopping any medications that may interfere with your procedure.
- Avoid taking blood-thinning medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen a week before your procedure.
- Take the appropriate amount of time off work to recover.
- Arrange transportation with a loved one to and from your procedure.
- Prepare your home for easy mobility.
- Buy loose-fitting clothing to wear comfortably while recovering.
- If using general anesthesia, be sure to fast the day before your procedure.
What Is Recovery Like After a Nipple Reduction Surgery?
While the recovery experience will differ from patient to patient depending on their type of treatment and how well their body heals, recovery after a nipple reduction surgery typically only requires one to two days of healing. Most patients return back to their normal routines after two days. Although you may experience swelling and bruising after your procedure, these common side effects usually disappear on their own.
During recovery, you should be diligent about following aftercare guidelines as Dr. Brown gave to you to avoid complications. These guidelines may involve wearing a surgical bra, avoiding physical activity, and taking over-the-counter pain relievers for several weeks.
How Do I Choose the Right Surgeon for Nipple Reduction Surgery?
As with any type of surgical procedure, you should always research top surgeons in your area. Make sure they are board-certified, have experience with the type of procedure you want to have done, and can provide before and after photos of previous patients. You should also interview two to three surgeons before making a final decision. You should feel comfortable with them and not feel apprehensive about having them perform your surgery.