Nipple Surgery

(Inverted Nipple, Nipple Reduction, Areola Reduction)

Nipple enhancement is a plastic surgery procedure that alters the size and/or appearance of the nipples. It can be performed on both men and women and has become increasingly popular in the recent years.
There are several types of nipple surgery, including Nipple Reduction, Inverted Nipple Correction, Nipple Reconstruction , Nipple surgery can also be performed to reduce the size of the areolas (the darker pigmented areas around the nipples) known as Areola Reduction. Nipple surgery can be performed on its own but often is combined with some type of Breast Surgery.

Reasons for Nipple Surgery May include:

  • Asymmetrical nipples
  • Inverted or indented nipples
  • Enlarged nipples
  • Enlarged, puffy or asymmetrical areolas

Before & After Photos

To view before and after photos, please refer to the gallery page: Nipple Surgery Before & After

Nipple Reduction

Irregular or enlarged Nipples, often protruding through clothing may lead to pain and irritation and is commonly known as “Jogger’s Nipple”. This condition may affect both men and women.

In women, nipples may become long, dark or sometimes wide in girth a result of prolonged breastfeeding or part of the normal development of the breast. With nipple reduction surgery, nipples can be reduced in length and/or width. Following nipple reduction surgery, you can expect your nipples to project normally and be proportionate to the size of your breasts.

Nipple reduction – the procedure

Inverted Nipple Surgery

Inverted Nipple means that the nipple lies flat against the breast or is “turned-in”. Some people are born with this condition, whereas others may develop them during puberty. Inverted nipple is caused by the pull of connective tissue behind the nipple forcing it inwards, instead of naturally protruding outwards. In extreme cases inverted nipples can affect a woman’s ability to breastfeed. Nipple inversion can occur in both men and women, although it is more commonly seen in women.

Degrees of inverted nipple
Treatment of inverted nipple

Areola Reduction

In some individuals, the areolas, the darker skin surrounding the nipples, can be asymmetrical, wide or protruding (Puffy), either since puberty, or as the result of pregnancy, weight loss/gain or previous surgery. Although there are no functional concerns, people may seek surgical intervention for aesthetic purposes.

Large areolas are typically associated with breast sagginess or stretching following a breast augmentation, but sometimes large and puffy or protruding areolas can be due to a congenital breast condition known as Tuberous deformity, in these cases breast reconstructive surgery including reducing the areola size and projection is required.

Areola reduction surgery normally includes one of the following three methods:

  • Circumareolar incision – an incision around the outside of the areola
  • an incision around the base of the nipple
  • or in severe cases, a lollipop incision

Depending on the goals with areola reduction surgery, your treatment options will be discussed with you during consultation.

Following nipple surgery
Nipple surgery – possible risks & complications