Nipple Reduction is a surgical procedure that can be performed on both men and women, and aims to address concerns with either the nipple, areola, or both to reduce their prominence to a more aesthetically pleasing form.
Although the size of someone’s nipples can vary from person to person and there is no particular size that is considered to be normal, there are some instances where a person can feel uncomfortable or embarrassed that their nipples seem to be quite noticeable when wearing certain clothing in particular.
At a glance
Improved appearance to the nipples
Length of Surgery
Up to 1 hour
1 - 2 weeks
The nipple itself may appear too wide or uneven in shape, or most commonly, overly protruding in size. The areola is the area of softer skin that surrounds the nipple and is pink or brown in colour. This too can be of unsatisfactory appearance to a person: presenting a misshapen form, being puffy or raised from the skin, or simply too large in proportion to the developed breast.
Feeling uncomfortable with the appearance of your nipples can have a negative impact on your emotional well-being, giving way to feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness.
If you feel that undertaking a Nipple Reduction will improve your life, then a consultation with Mr. Marando will help you to understand if this is right for you. Mr. Marando will give a full and thorough assessment, taking into account your psychological difficulties and the physical condition that you present with.
Mr. Marando will give you a full account of what is involved in the actual operation, including all the possible risks and side effects, as well what is to be expected for the final outcome.
Each case is different and Mr. Marando will take a tailored approach to your individual concerns, deciding upon the most effective technique to use that will deliver truly bespoke results.
The procedure is most often carried out under local anaesthetic, when performed on its own, but can also be part of a combination of procedures, when a general anaesthetic may be used, including: breast lift, breast augmentation or breast reduction. For this procedure a band of skin around the base of the nipple is removed, bringing the position of the nipple nearer to the breast and decreasing the overall height before closing the wound.
Where the concerns pertain to the areola, some of the tissue is removed from the brown area in a circular form before the surrounding skin is stitched to meet the areola.
It may be the case that a person can experience nipples that differ in appearance from each other, and this procedure can be effective in creating a more symmetrical look. As can correcting inverted nipples, where the nipples are given a revised position, lifting them out of the areola.
The procedure uses dissolvable stitches and dressings will be needed for around 1 week. Swelling and bruising is commonly experienced for up to 2 weeks after the treatment and you will need to reduce your daily activity levels during this time to allow for healing to be effective, taking time off work also. Scarring should be very discreet and may go fairly unnoticed due to the situation of the incisions.
Full and thorough follow-up assessments conducted by Mr. Marando will consider how well you are healing and he will be able to offer any further advice and assess how the results are developing.
The final results will gradually become apparent over a period of around 2 – 3 months, when reducing the size of your nipples and improving the shape may offer a boost to your self esteem. Feeling more satisfied with their appearance could give you the confidence to wear what you want, be it in your underwear or with close fitting clothes, or even when in an intimate situation.
Am I suitable for this treatment?
If you are affected by enlarged, puffy or misshapen nipples or areola on one or both breast, then you may be suitable for this treatment. Mr. Marando will determine your suitability through a full assessment at a pre-operative consultation, taking into consideration your physical condition and the effects on your emotional well-being. He will also assess your overall health, as a successful outcome benefits more from a person who is in good health, has a steady weight and has adopted good lifestyle choices, such as not smoking or consuming large amounts of alcohol.
If you are planning on breastfeeding in the future then it may be advisable to wait until this is no longer a desire.
How safe is this treatment?
The safety of all his patients is a factor that is of great consideration to Mr. Marando. He is a well trained and experienced surgeon who takes a special interest in this field of surgery. Delivering a successful procedure that is carried out in accordance to the well-being of the patient is an aspect that Mr. Marando prides himself on, and he will adopt a surgical approach that uses the most effective techniques that are in the best interests of the patient.
Is it painful?
Although this is a fairly simple procedure there will be a degree of discomfort as a result from the surgery. However, a suitable anaesthetic will be used for the actual operation and any discomfort post-treatment can effectively be managed with a course of pain relief to take at home. Following aftercare advice given to you by Mr. Marando will help to make the healing process more comfortable for you also.
Are there any side effects or risks?
Common side effects include swelling and bruising to the treatment area, which will subside within 1 – 2 weeks of the operation. Minimal scarring will be incurred, but should go fairly unnoticed and fade gradually over a period of several months.
Uncommon side effects will be explained to you by Mr. Marando before the treatment goes ahead and can include bleeding, poor scarring, blood clots and infection. Mr. Marando will make sure you are fully aware of any side effects or risks before arranging treatment.
How much downtime is usually needed?
Although this treatment will not directly interfere with your daily functions, it is important to allow your body to recover from having undergone a surgical procedure. You may find it advisable to decrease your mobility and activity levels to help with managing any discomfort and for successful healing of the wounds. You may feel it necessary to take time off work after the procedure and refrain from doing strenuous exercise and any heavy lifting for up to 4 or 6 weeks.
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