Are you self-conscious regarding your nipple size?  Many women feel insecure in intimate settings or when nipples appear prominent through overlying clothing.  Nipple reduction is a minor surgical procedure that may be performed to address your aesthetic concerns and to boost your self-confidence both in and out of clothing.

What is Nipple Reduction?

Nipple reduction is a minor surgery to reduce size and projection of the nipples.  Many women report longstanding concerns about nipple size from breast development, while others have noticed enlargement over time following pregnancies and breastfeeding.  Nipple reduction surgery may lead to difficulty with future breastfeeding.  The best timing of surgery for you will be discussed during consultation with Dr. Power.

How is Nipple Reduction Performed?

Nipple reduction is most commonly performed under local anesthetic.  There are different techniques for nipple reduction depending on your presentation and goals.  Often a wedge or donut shaped resection is performed to reduce nipple size and projection and then stitched closed.  Dr. Power will discuss the best surgical technique for you during the consultation.

Nipple Reduction Recovery

There is little downtime following nipple reduction surgery.  Most patients return to office-based work within a couple of days.  You will receive aftercare instructions regarding wound care and showering post-op.  It is recommended to wear a loose-fitting bra during recovery to place less pressure on your incisions and to reduce discomfort.  Dr. Power will generally remove your stitches within ten days. It is recommended to avoid exercise for two weeks to lower risk of further bleeding and swelling.  You should avoid sleeping on your stomach over the first few weeks as your incisions heal.  Nipple sensitivity typically returns to normal within a few months of surgery.

Nipple Reduction FAQ’s

Can Nipple Reduction Reduce the Areolae?

Nipple reduction surgery does not alter the size or appearance of the areolas. Enlargement of the nipples and areolas are often seen together, usually as a result of pregnancy and breastfeeding. Areolar reduction may be another surgical option, however most commonly breast lift surgery is required to lower risk of recurrent areolar stretching over time. Dr. Power will discuss the best options for you after learning about your concerns and performing your clinical examination.

Does Nipple Reduction Affect Nipple Sensitivity?

Although most cases return to normal sensation within a few months, there is risk of permanent nipple sensation change associated with this procedure.

Can I Breastfeed After Nipple Reduction?

Depending on the technique of nipple reduction performed, it may affect your ability to breastfeed. Dr. Power will discuss the best timing of surgery for you based on your goals and presentation.

Can Nipple Reduction Be Combined with Other Procedures?

Nipple reduction may be combined with other breast procedures, including breast lift, reduction, or augmentation. Combining your procedures may be an effective way to reduce downtime and costs. If you’re considering other breast surgery options, Dr. Power will tailor a surgical plan for you during consultation.

Schedule a Nipple Reduction Consultation

If you are uncomfortable with your nipple size, nipple reduction surgery may be an option for you to restore confidence about your breasts.  To meet with Dr. Power and learn more about your options, we invite you to contact our Toronto office by calling or filling out our online form.


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