Nipple Surgery (also known as Areola Reduction or Nipple Reduction) is surgery to reduce the size of your nipples. Some women and even men feel self-conscious and ashamed about their overly large nipples.
Frequently Asked Questions
The average size of areolae differs between men and women. The average diameter for men is approximately 25mm, whilst women are slightly larger at 30mm but can exceed 100mm in diameter. Nipple reduction surgery is an option for those with excessively large areolae.
Nipple Surgery Techniques
The surgeon makes a small incision in the nipple. Excess tissue is trimmed and removed and the wound is closed with dissolvable stitches. The technique used will depend on whether your nipples are too wide in diameter or if they are too long (in that they protrude too far from your breasts).
For nipples which stick out too much or are too long, the surgeon removes the tip of the nipple and stitches the remainder back together. If skin along the neck of the areola needs to be removed, the tip will then be reattached to the bottom of the nipple after removal of that section. This reduces the areola length.
If the problem is width, then the surgeon removes a pie-shaped wedge and takes in the circumference using dissolvable stitches.
The procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthetic. It takes around an hour. Since it’s an outpatient operation, you won’t have to stay overnight.
Nipple Surgery Recovery
Since local anaesthetic is commonly used, you will be able to leave the hospital or clinic immediately. Recovery is relatively quick compared to other procedures. You will be able to resume normal activity within 24 to 48 hours. Since dissolvable sutures are used, you won’t need to have the stitches removed. You can usually shower the next day. You should be fully recovered within a couple of weeks. If the procedure is performed correctly, you should still be able to breastfeed.
Nipple Surgery Risks
The risks associated with having your nipples reduced include infection, bleeding, bruising, scarring and swelling. There is a possibility you could end up with asymmetrical or uneven nipples. You may also be unsatisfied with the results in that you may feel your nipples are still too large or too small. Another complication, although rare, is the inability to breastfeed after surgery. The biggest concern however is loss of erotic sensation or feeling to the nipple or breast. Speak to your surgeon if you are concerned about any of these risks.
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