Nipple Reduction Surgery
Some people have nipples or areolas that they consider too large. This can lead to a feeling of low self-esteem and can affect your clothing choices and overall confidence. Large nipples can give the breasts a less youthful appearance and can make undergarments uncomfortable to wear. Fortunately, it is possible to correct the size of your nipples with nipple reduction surgery.
Nipple Reduction Surgery: What to Expect
After consulting with Dr. Spence and deciding that reduction is appropriate for you, a local anesthetic will be administered. An incision will be made in the nipple, and excess tissue will be removed. Permanent sutures will be placed, and the incision will be closed. You will be sent home with instructions for aftercare. The procedure generally takes around an hour to perform.
Nipple Reduction Surgery Recovery
After surgery, Dr. Spence will discuss recovery procedures. You will be asked to limit activity until healing is complete, including limiting heavy lifting and strenuous exercise. Most activities can resume after a couple of weeks. Dr. Spence’s staff will instruct you on proper cleaning and care of your surgery site. You will experience some swelling and numbness for a few weeks after surgery, and you may notice some bruising as well. You will see results within a couple of months.
Could you benefit from a reduction procedure? For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Spence to discuss your options, contact Hillcrest Plastic Surgery in Orlando, FL.
What Should I Expect at My Consultation?
During your nipple reduction consultation, you’ll discuss your desired look with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons. In addition, we’ll review your medical history to ensure the surgery is safe for you. An examination will also help determine if this procedure can meet your cosmetic goals.
If you’re a good candidate for nipple reduction, your provider will discuss the procedure, from preoperative preparation to recovery. Your surgeon may also take photographs or measurements to plan your nipple reduction and document your appearance before the surgery.
Your consultation is an excellent time to ask your surgeon any questions. These might include:
- Are you board certified in plastic surgery? (Hillcrest Plastic Surgery’s providers, Dr. Spence and Dr. Fernando Ovalle Jr. are board-certified plastic surgeons.)
- How many years have you been performing nipple reduction surgeries?
- Will nipple reduction meet my desired cosmetic outcome, or should I consider ancillary procedures?
Is Nipple Reduction Safe?
Nipple reduction surgery is considered safe and has fewer potential side effects than many cosmetic procedures. However, there are some risks with any surgical procedure. Though complications are rare, side effects of nipple reduction surgery could include a temporary loss of sensation, infection, or difficulty breastfeeding in the future.
If you want to lower your risk of complications, choose a board-certified plastic surgeon with a track record of successfully performing nipple reduction surgeries. An experienced surgeon can typically reduce nipple projection without disrupting milk ducts, and proper post-operative care minimizes any risk of infection.
How Many Post-op Appointments Will I Have?
After nipple reduction, patients generally have three follow-up appointments. The first appointment will take place about a week after your procedure to change dressings and ensure you’re healing well. Another appointment should be scheduled around two months after surgery to see the results after some swelling has gone down. At six months, all swelling typically resolves, and you can return for before-and-after photos.
Each patient is unique, so our board-certified plastic surgeons will recommend the appropriate follow-up appointment schedule for you. You can contact our providers for additional check-ins if you have any questions or concerns as you heal.
Am I a Good Candidate for Nipple Reduction?
Nipple reduction is a straightforward procedure, and side effects are rare. However, patients should still be in good overall health. If you’re an adult who is self-conscious about the projection or size of your nipples, you’re likely a good candidate.
Our surgeons will consider the following factors:
- Expectations: Before any cosmetic procedure, we want to ensure we’re clear about the expected outcome and that your expectations are realistic.
- Family Planning: Though the risk of losing the ability to breastfeed is low, we may still recommend women wait until their families are complete if this is important for them. Your nipple size and shape may also change during pregnancy, so it’s best to wait until you’re done having children for nipple reduction.
- Reasons for Wanting Nipple Reduction: What you do with your appearance should be entirely your choice. Our providers want to ensure you’re seeking nipple reduction for yourself, not because you feel pressure from a partner or outside source.
- Medical History: We’ll screen for any medical conditions that could interfere with your surgery or recovery. We highly recommend quitting smoking as it significantly raises your risk of complications.