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Treatment of Overly Prominent Nipples a.k.a. Nipple Reduction

Quick Facts

  • Costs: $2000 – $3500 depending on if just the nipples are reduced or if the nipples and the areola are reduced. 
  • How much it hurts:  Not much.
  • Time off work or school:  1 day to 1 week depending on your occupation.
  • Time until driving again: 1 day to 1 week or once you are off narcotic pain medication.
  • Time off the gym:  usually 2 weeks.
  • Time off the slopes:  usually 2 weeks.
  • Time off the kite board: usually 4 weeks.
  • How long it “lasts”:  should last forever!
  • Patient satisfaction :  high

The fine print:

Yes, we are mammals but sometimes the mammalian look (a.k.a. nippin’ out) can cause embarrassment for some women and some men. Overly prominent nipples can be reduced by removing a wedge of nipple and then folding the remainder of the nipple over on itself. This results in a less prominent nipple. This can be done alone or at the same time as other breast surgery. This should not be done in women who want to breast feed a baby in the future.

Sometimes the nipples are fine but the areola (the pigmented skin around the nipple) is puffy.  This can be treated by tightening and flattening the areola through an incision around the areola.  Please see the page on breast lift for a more detailed description.

To schedule a consultation, call (206) 467-1101.