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When To Consider Nipple Reduction

By: Austin-Weston


Most people in today’s world are familiar with the more popular cosmetic procedures, such as a breast augmentation, rhinoplasty, and the Brazilian butt lift. However, one surgery that is just as advantageous, though not talked about nearly as frequently, is the nipple reduction. The compassionate team of plastic surgeons at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery in Northern Virginia understand the sensitive nature of deciding to undergo a nipple reduction and are here to help make the process as comfortable as possible.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nipples, a nipple reduction may be a fantastic option for permanently improving their look, size, and symmetry. Find out more about the basics of a nipple reduction here, including why you may need one, how it works, and what kinds of results are possible.

What is a nipple reduction?

A nipple reduction is a surgical procedure designed to alter the size, shape, and other characteristics of the nipple to give patients better symmetry and overall appearance of the nipples. An areola reduction is often performed in conjunction with a nipple reduction in order to further improve the area aesthetically.

Why would someone need a nipple reduction?

For the most part, a nipple reduction procedure is purely cosmetic. The majority of patients who undergo a nipple reduction do so because they are unhappy with the characteristics of their nipples and desire a change. Some of the most common complaints which lead people to pursue a nipple and/or areola reduction include:

  • Nipples are too long
  • Nipples are too big
  • Nipples are too visible underneath clothing
  • Sagging nipples
  • Stretched or damaged nipples after breastfeeding
  • Areolae are too large in diameter
  • Asymmetric nipples and/or areolae

In some cases, the nipple may actually be too small or be inverted, requiring a different technique to be used by the surgeon. For inverted nipples, it is possible to restore them to a more natural position by releasing the fibers which are tethering them inward.

During your initial one-on-one consultation at Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery, one of the exceptional surgeons will thoroughly discuss your concerns and goals, evaluate your nipples, and answer all of your questions at length before recommending a surgical plan to best meet your needs.

Can I have another breast procedure performed with my nipple reduction?

Yes! A great deal of patients have their nipple reduction performed as part of a larger surgery which may include a breast augmentation, breast reduction, or breast lift. When a nipple reduction is combined with one of these procedures, the result is often a dramatically transformed contour and overall appearance of the breasts, nipples, and areolas.

Can a man get a nipple reduction?

Absolutely! Many men have concerns about the size, shape, and symmetry of their nipples, and a nipple reduction can be life-changing for these patients. In fact, because they often have their shirts off and do not have the barrier of a bra between their nipples and clothing, overly large areolae or protruded nipples can be even more problematic for men than women. The surgical team at Austin-Weston is highly experienced in the complexities and differences of nipple reductions for men versus women and can help you achieve a natural and appealing look.

Will I have scars after a nipple reduction?

As with any surgical procedure that requires incisions, some level of scarring is unavoidable. However, in most cases, the scars heal well and blend into the surrounding tissue, making them virtually invisible. A breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction on the other hand would result in a more significant amount of visible scarring. Special creams, ointments, and other treatments can help reduce the appearance of these scars, and most patients agree that the improvement in their body is well worth having a couple of scars underneath their clothing.

When is the right time to have a nipple reduction performed?

Ultimately, the decision to undergo nipple reduction is a personal one, and the timing depends largely on when a patient feels ready, both mentally and logistically. Beyond that, it is important that patients are over 18 and have finished developing physically before pursuing a nipple reduction. It is also strongly recommended that women be done having children and breastfeeding prior to a nipple reduction, breast lift, breast augmentation, or breast reduction. Your doctor can best help determine if – and when – a nipple reduction may be appropriate for you.

Where should I get a nipple reduction in Northern Virginia?

For a procedure as delicate and intricate as a nipple revision, it is essential that patients select a highly qualified, certified, and experienced surgeon. Call Austin-Weston, The Center for Cosmetic Surgery conveniently located in Reston, VA to schedule your consultation today, and learn more about how a nipple reduction can help you regain your confidence and feel better about your body, both in and out of clothes!


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