Smaller, rounder, flatter – the 3 types of Nipple Reduction and who they’re for

Aurora Clinics: Nipple reduction surgery - a popular male cosmetic procedureNipple Reduction may not get its fair share of coverage in the media, but it’s something we consistently receive enquiries about at Aurora.

In our experience, when people ask us about nipple reduction, they may actually be referring to any one of three procedures: nipple reduction, areola reduction, or gynecomastia surgery (male breast reduction).

Each of these surgeries can be used to improve the nipple area, depending on the precise nature of the problem.

Some people suffer from enlargement of the nipples themselves, but often the issue is with the areolae (the brown areas around each nipple), which may be too large, misshapen or puffy.

Let’s look at the three different procedures that come under the umbrella of nipple reduction:

1. Nipple Reduction

Aurora Clinics: Photo showing male nipple reductionFor some people, the nipple itself may protrude too much, be too wide, or be uneven in shape. The nipples may be visible through clothing and cause significant embarrassment. People affected may avoid any activities which involve changing in public, for example going swimming. For these people, nipple reduction surgery can be used to make the nipples smaller or less prominent. This is a very straightforward procedure carried out under local anaesthetic. Find out more here.

2. Areola Reduction

Aurora Clinics: Photo showing Areola ReductionThe areola is the brown area around each nipple, which may be too large, uneven and not round in shape, or domed and raised from the surrounding skin. Areola reduction surgery can be used to treat abnormalities of this area by reducing the overall size of the areolae, or even by changing the shape to make them more rounded. Surgery is carried out under local anaesthetic, with permanent ‘purse string’ stitches used to keep the areolae in their new shape and size. For domed or puffy areola, a slightly more involved surgery is used to remove excess tissue from underneath them. This is also performed under local anaesthetic. Find out more here.

3. Gynecomastia Surgery

Aurora Clinics: Photo showing male patient before Gynecomastia SurgeryFor men of normal weight with domed or puffy areolae and a significant amount of excess breast tissue, gynecomastia surgery is usually required. This involves a deeper surgery to remove the excess tissue causing the doming of the areolae. It can be performed by excision, liposuction or a combination of the two, depending if it is caused by breast tissue or fatty tissue. Find out more here.

Find out more about Nipple Reduction at Aurora Clinics

At Aurora, we have several experienced surgeons around the UK who specialise in all types of nipple surgery. We offer surgery to both male and female patients, with a roughly 50/50 split for each gender. Surgery is minimally invasive and in the vast majority of cases is performed under local anaesthetic.

If you’d like to find out more about Nipple Reduction, please contact us by calling 01324 578290 or emailing info@aurora-clinics.co.uk to book a free consultation with one of our expert nipple surgeons.