Breast enhancement procedures such as breast augmentation are popular and generally well understood. A procedure that is less frequently discussed is nipple reduction. Women choose nipple reduction surgery to gain a significant improvement in the way they feel about their breasts and themselves.
Concord board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Eric Mariotti is a skilled breast surgeon who also frequently performs nipple surgery. Together with his team, he strives to create a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere where you can feel confident about achieving your personal appearance goals.
Nipple Surgery at a Glance
The Best Candidates
The area of the breast women refer to as the “nipple” actually has 2 parts. There is the nipple itself, the gland that sticks out from the breast and the darkened skin that surrounds the nipple, known as the areola. Nipple reduction surgery can address the size of the nipple or the circumference of the areola.
Enlarged nipples or areolas can be due to genetics, childbirth or breastfeeding. Whatever the cause, many women feel self-conscious about the way that their nipples look. If you’re concerned that nipple reduction could affect sensation of your breast, you can rest assured that Dr. Mariotti’s patients maintain full sensation except in rare cases.
What to Expect
Nipple reduction is often performed as part of a breast reduction, breast lift, or a breast augmentation. If nipple reduction is not being combined with another breast enhancement procedure, it will probably be performed under local anesthesia.
Your nipple reduction will be performed at our surgery center and you can plan on returning home later the same day.
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After Your Nipple Surgery
After nipple reduction surgery, you should expect only a very short recovery time before you are able to return to work and your normal routine. Your nipple-areolar complex should look more proportionate to the rest of your breast shape and also be centered appropriately to the contours of your breast.
Nipple Surgery FAQs
Not necessarily. While nipple reduction is most commonly incorporated as part of another breast enhancement surgery, it can also be scheduled as a solo procedure.
Typically, Dr. Mariotti places the incisions within the pigmented area surrounding the nipple, where they should heal up to nearly invisible after surgery.
Future weight gain or pregnancy that affects your breast size and shape could also affect the size and shape of your nipple-areolar complex. However, outside of these circumstances, most women are happy with their new look long-term.
Take the first step toward your dream look and contact us online or call our Concord office at 925-685-4533 to request a consultation.
*Information for education only, not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary. Unless otherwise noted, images on this site are of models.