Nipple Reduction Surgery

A nipple reduction can be carried out on both men and women, and corrects overly prominent, wide or puffy nipples – giving you more confidence when wearing tight fitting clothing.

Considering Nipple Reduction surgery?

It’s important to understand that there are two areas of the nipple that can be enlarged: the nipple itself and the pink or brown area surrounding the nipple, known as the areola.

The nipple itself may:

  • Protrude too much
  • Be too wide
  • Be an uneven shape

The areola around the nipple may be:

  • Too large
  • Uneven and not round in shape
  • Domed and raised from the surrounding skin

On this page we will discuss the treatment options for enlarged nipples. If you feel you suffer from enlarged areolas then please visit our dedicated areola reduction page for more detailed information.

How will it impact on your life?

Puffy, prominent nipples can make wearing swimwear, or even tight T-shirts, embarrassing for both women and men. You may find it difficult to change in public, or go swimming with children. You may even feel the need to wear padding under certain types of clothing to reduce the prominence of your nipples.

For men in particular, enlarged nipples can become a real issue during the summer when you would usually take your top off but don’t feel confident enough to do so. Undergoing nipple reduction surgery can mean you no longer have to worry about what you are wearing, or changing your clothes in public, significantly increasing your self-esteem.

Is Nipple Reduction surgery right for you?

Nipple reduction surgery is normally performed as a ‘See and Treat’ under local anaesthetic which means you have your consultation and procedure on the same day and are awake during the operation. If you would prefer your nipple reduction surgery to be performed under a light general anaesthetic, this can be arranged with your surgeon prior to surgery. This is a relatively straightforward procedure, often taking around 20 minutes to treat each nipple.

It is important to be aware that a nipple reduction procedure will more than likely leave you unable to breastfeed. We will warn you, that if you are planning to breastfeed in the future, then it is probably a good idea to wait before having this surgery.

After your surgery and beyond…

Most patients recover very quickly following this procedure. You’ll experience some mild discomfort for a little while, but this can be easily managed with paracetamol. The very fine absorbable stitches will fall out naturally after a week to 10 days, and your dressings will be removed after 1 week. You’ll probably have some swelling for the first 2-3 weeks, and at 4-6 weeks you can expect to see the final result.

As this is a relatively minor procedure, scarring is minimal. Any scars are usually hidden on the underside of your nipple and in the fold where the nipple meets the areola.

The next step

We always encourage people to do as much research as they can when considering cosmetic surgery, so for more information on nipple reduction surgery:

Aurora is now part of The Private Clinic, a nationwide group of clinics with over 35 years of experience specialising in Cosmetic Surgery and Skin and a Trust Pilot 5 star rating. For comprehensive information, before and after photos and costs on Nipple Reduction procedures click here.

Our expert Plastic Surgeon Adrian Richards is the Medical Director for The Private Clinic. Clinics are located in BirminghamBristolBuckinghamshireGlasgowLondon Harley StreetLeedsManchester and Northampton.