Nipple reduction surgery is a relatively simple cosmetic procedure that aims to reduce the size and change the shape of one or both nipples to improve their appearance and symmetry.
The treatment – which can safely be carried out on both men and women – reshapes the nipple into a more desirable aesthetic, creating a greater balance between the nipple and the surrounding areola.
Our head surgeon at the CREO Clinic, Dr Omar Tillo, has a wealth of experience performing all types of nipple reduction surgery.
Therefore, if you are unhappy with the size of your nipples, schedule a 1-on-1 consultation with Dr Tillo today to discuss your aesthetic concerns and your suitability for the procedure.
AnesthesiaLocal or Sedation
Surgery time30 Minutes
Benefits of Nipple Reduction
There are several benefits associated with nipple reduction surgery. Explained below are some of the most significant:
- The procedure can restore proportionate nipple or areola dimensions
- The symmetry between breasts can be improved as a result of surgery
- The procedure can address aesthetic concerns that may impact a patient’s self-esteem
- When performed in tandem with breast augmentation or a breast lift, nipple reduction can help to create a more youthful appearance of the breasts
- The procedure can reduce self-consciousness when wearing swimwear or tight-fitting clothes
Nipple Reduction Cost in London
Generally, the price of nipple reduction surgery at the CREO Clinic starts from £2,900. However, because the treatment is an individualised surgery, the cost can vary depending on the surgical needs of each patient.
At the CREO Clinic, the nipple reduction surgery package includes the following:
- Surgeon fees
- Hospital and theatre fees
- Anaesthetic fees
- Follow-up visits to the clinic
Nipple Reduction for Women
Many women choose to have this surgery when suffering from nipple-related conditions and abnormalities where the nipples appear enlarged or irregular, often protruding through clothing.
Changes to the breast and nipple can also affect women during pregnancy or breastfeeding, leading to pain and irritation. This can be alleviated with a nipple reduction procedure.
Nipple Reduction for Men
Gynecomastia is a condition caused by an excess of breast tissue or enlarged breast glands under the nipple. This can affect many men at some point during their lifetime, creating a level of self-consciousness, especially when wearing tight-fitted clothing or going swimming.
As a result, lots of men choose to have nipple reduction surgery in order to feel more confident in their physical appearance, as well as giving themselves a psychological boost.
Nipple Reduction Procedure
Nipple reduction at CREO is performed under local anaesthetic and takes roughly 30 minutes to treat each side. There are two ways of carrying out the procedure:
Shave excision and free grafting – with this technique, the nipple is fully shaved flat to the areola, then a small part of the nipple is reattached back as a graft.
Wedge excision – part of the nipple (known as a wedge) is cut and removed, while the remaining part is reattached, thereby reducing projection but maintaining the circumference.
Nipple reduction is a minor procedure with low downtime. As such, patients can expect to return to work and normal day-to-day activities within a day of surgery.
Despite the quick recovery, friction and pressure on the chest should be avoided during the early stages of the healing process. Therefore, it’s important to refrain from intense exercise and heavy lifting for 3-4 weeks.
You will see an immediate, visible improvement in the days following surgery. Full results of the procedure become visible once the areola has settled into its new form, which can take up to 2-3 months.
As mentioned, nipple reduction surgery can be performed on its own or in combination with other procedures such as breast augmentation or a breast lift (mastopexy).
Breast augmentation is a popular surgery that increases the volume of the breasts through implants, fat transfer, or both. Not only is the procedure able to address the aesthetic concerns of women who want larger breasts, it can also create balance and symmetry in breasts that appear uneven.
A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, aims to lift and reshape sagging breasts by removing excess skin and reshaping breast tissue. The main goal of mastopexy is to provide women with perkier breasts, which can be transformative in terms of improving self-esteem and quality of life.
Nipple Reduction FAQ
How long does it take for nipples to heal after reduction?
Nipples typically take between 1-2 weeks to heal following nipple reduction surgery. To ensure optimal healing, make sure you follow your surgeon’s aftercare instructions, including when to shower and when to resume exercise.
Are nipple reduction results permanent?
Yes, nipple reduction provides a permanent solution to a patient’s concerns, though it is important to note that factors such as weight gain, weight loss, pregnancy and breastfeeding may alter your results.
Will there be visible scarring after nipple reduction surgery?
Due to the minimally-invasive nature of the treatment, you will only be left with a small, thin scar following surgery. This scar is very discrete and will fade over time.
Will I lose sensitivity in my nipples after nipple reduction?
You may experience a temporary loss of sensation in your nipples immediately after nipple reduction surgery. This sensation should typically return as your body heals, however it’s difficult to determine exactly when full sensitivity will be fully restored, as it varies from one patient to another.
Will nipple reduction surgery affect my ability to breastfeed?
For many women, the main concern with breastfeeding after nipple reduction, or any kind of breast-related procedure, is whether the milk ducts and nerves have been severed. Fortunately, all board-certified surgeons take care to preserve these milk ducts and nerves, giving patients the best possible chance of breastfeeding after the procedure. Some women may find their capacity to breastfeed has been affected after a nipple reduction, but only a very small percentage find themselves unable to breastfeed at all.
Should I lose weight before nipple reduction surgery?
Before committing to nipple reduction surgery, it’s important to be within a healthy weight range, as this can make the recovery process both faster and smoother.