There is an old saying that “bigger is not always better” and this seems to be the case when it comes to females and their nipples. In a study conducted among 131 people, they were also asked whether or not they felt the diameter of the nipple-areola complexes shown were “just right”, “too small” or “too big”.
The results? Patients with nipples that were smaller in size were viewed as more attractive than patients with larger nipples.
The ideal projection of a nipple, measured from the top of its dome to its base, is approximately 8mm, in addition to the ideal diameter of 8mm. Women who are unhappy about the size and projection of their nipples can benefit from nipple reduction surgery, a procedure performed to decrease nipple projection and reduce the size of the nipples.
There has been a new trend of patients choosing to have nipples that are smaller in size when they undergo breast surgery. While the majority of patients are women, men are increasingly availing of this cosmetic surgery. During breast surgery to lift or reduce the breast, the nipple is repositioned. This requires an incision around the nipple to reduce excess tissue, and gives the patient an opportunity to resize his or her nipple.
There are two techniques used in nipple reductions: the wedge technique and the flap technique.
The wedge involves cutting a wedge-shaped piece out of the nipple and attaching the sides together.
The flap technique involves making an incision around the base of the nipple at the desired projection level, leaving a small portion attached. The excess tissue is removed and the flap is turned down to create a smaller nipple.
All consultations are private one-on-one sessions with the surgeon that normally last 15-20 minutes. He will clearly discuss any potential risks of the procedure and answer any questions you might have.
Nipple surgery is used to correct problems that are associated with enlarged, inverted or protruding nipples or asymmetrical nipples, conditions that can occur in both women and men.
If you have any of the following, you could consider getting this cosmetic procedure done:
Before deciding to go for nipple reduction surgery, it is important to take note of particular risks and complications related to nipple surgery. Although rare, it can include:
After your procedure, you will experience some discomfort and numbness in the nipples. You will be given an antibiotic ointment to use, and the area will be bandaged. These bandages will need to be changed each day.
There may be some bruising and swelling, which will resolve within 1-2 weeks. You can return to work as soon as you are comfortable within 2-3 days.
Nipple reduction surgery is a day only procedure. In most instances, a return to normal daily activity will be within 24-72 hours after your procedure. Do not engage in any strenuous activities such as carrying heavy objects, aerobic or running for the first 5 days to protect the area from any possible trauma or injury.
Costs vary according to the complexity and time for the surgical procedure. But on average, you can expect to pay around the range of RM11,000 to RM13,000 for the surgery that is offered in Premier Clinic, that includes surgeon’s fee and other costs, like anesthesia, facility fees and follow-up consultations. You could also ask about options for a package program that provides for other cosmetic surgeries at the same time (for example, breast lift) and save on all costs.
If you feel that your nipples don’t look “normal” and you want a nipple appearance that looks “just right”, our plastic surgeon offers a consultation session without any commitment to sign up. Our customer service representatives are available from 8 am to 12 midnight daily to answer your inquiries or make an appointment.
Alternatively, you may come to our clinic in Bangsar to make an appointment. Please contact us for further information:
This procedure is often combined with a breast augmentation, such as breast lift or breast reduction in cases of gynecomastia.
Nipple reduction is a short procedure that is done under local anesthesia and can be completed in about an hour. General anesthesia may be used if preferred, but it is not generally necessary.
Nipple reduction rarely impacts a woman’s ability to breastfeed. If this is a concern for you, we encourage you to discuss it with Dr. Ortiz at your consultation.