Reducing the Height of Your Nipples

Are you suffering from chaffing related discomfort as a result of enlarged nipples? Are you seeking a simple and effective way to have your nipple size reduced?

If so, there is a safe and easy procedure that can be done to reduce the height of your nipple with minimal manipulation of the surrounding tissue.

We understand that discomfort and embarrassment can result from large nipple height. Nipple hypertrophy (enlarged nipples) can lead to a number of psychological and physical consequences. At Dr. Kara Plastic Surgery, we are able to perform this simple procedure. It involves a horizontal incision to the outer portion of the non-erect nipple to remove the unwanted nipple height.

A 30 patient study was conducted by Moliver et. al.1 regarding this simple yet effective surgical procedure; one male and 29 females underwent the procedure. Of the 30 patients, 29 had concurrent breast procedures without issue, mostly breast augmentation, prior to the nipple reduction. Approximately 36 weeks following the procedure, all 30 patients reported that they were satisfied with the results of the procedure. Three of the 30 patients had decreased sensation in their nipple but did not consider it to be a negative consequence. The reduced sensation was believed to be caused by the augmentation, and not the nipple reduction surgery. Further follow up was necessary to determine whether the sensation reduction was temporary or permanent. Finally, one patient had some postoperative oozing from the surgical location following the first day of surgery, which resolved with care by day 5.

Before and after nipple reduction and breast augmentation.

Figure A shows the nipple hypertrophy
Figure B shows the result following the breast augmentation and nipple reduction, 3 years after surgery2.

The nipple height reduction is simple and only requires minimal post-operative care. It has shown to have a low rate of complications arising following surgery. However, it is important to note that there is a possibility that following the nipple reduction surgery, a patient could be unable to breastfeed. This was the case for one patient in the study following her pregnancy; however, it is unclear whether that was a cause of the augmentation or the nipple reduction. Nonetheless, one should be aware of the risk and possibility that breastfeeding abilities may be affected by the nipple reduction surgery.

If you are considering reducing the height of your nipple, we can discuss your options and candidacy for this procedure, whether in combination with other breast surgeries or as a stand-alone procedure.

1Moliver, C , J. Kargel and M. Sullivan (2013) “Treatment of Nipple Hypertrophy by a Simplified Reduction Technique” Aesthet Surg J (2013) 33 (1): 77-83