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Nipple Reduction

Nipple size or appearance can often change through weight gain, weight loss or pregnancy but conditions such as gynaecomastia can also cause nipples to appear oversized in proportion to the rest of the chest.

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Medically reviewed by Lorcan Sheppard BSc MBBS FRCA, Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Advisory Committee for The Private Clinic.
Last Reviewed May 17th 2022

Overly large nipples can cause a great deal of concern to some patients either due to discomfort or increased visibility when wearing certain types of clothing. It has been reported that 1 in 10 women in the UK suffer from nipple-related conditions where the nipples sticking out and often seen through clothing causing patients to feel self-conscious. This condition can affect women and men.

Nipple reduction surgery can be performed on nipples that are large in proportion to the rest of the breast or chest and this can be performed as a stand-alone procedure usually under local anaesthetic but can also be performed in combination with other surgical procedures such as a breast augmentation, breast uplift or a male chest reduction.

Procedure Time
1 hour

Anaesthetic Type
Local anaesthetic

Hospital Stay
Day case

Support Garments

1 day

24 – 48 hours

Up & Mobile

Sexual Activity
4 – 6 weeks

Back to work
1 – 2 days

2 – 3 weeks

6 weeks

Full Recovery Time
6 weeks

Sleeping elevated on back for 6 weeks

Final Results
6 – 12 months

Where can I have nipple reduction surgery?

Nipple Reduction Surgery consultations are available at our London Harley Street, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, NorthamptonManchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes clinics.

We also offer treatment for inverted nipples

The best option is to come and have a discrete consultation with our Consultant Plastic Surgeons who can discuss the procedure and your aims. We believe information is important when you start your journey ensuring peace of mind when making that important decision. We provide expert Cosmetic surgeons and a dedicated medical team in our state of the art Boutique hospital.

For more information on FAQs, before and after photos and expert Plastic surgeons see below.

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Before & After

Our expert surgeons and medical staff offer leading breast surgery procedures.
Take a look at the Before and After photos to see how we have helped change our patients’ lives.

What to Expect

The Private Clinic has been treating patients for over 35 years with thousands of women placing their trust in us each year. We pride ourselves on being able to offer a personalised service. We have a team of friendly nurses and expert breast surgeons who understand the importance of this decision and will support you throughout your journey with us.

The Consultation

Nipple reduction consultations will take place with one of our expert plastic surgeons.
During this consultation, your surgeon will be able to assess your suitability for surgery and discuss the options available.

Your surgeon will then also:
• Review your medical history
• Discuss your expectations from surgery
• Detail the risks and complications of nipple reduction surgery
• Go through the aftercare and recovery process

You will then be allocated a dedicated patient coordinator who will be your point of contact should you wish to go ahead with the procedure.

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Pre-Operative Appointment

In the interests of patient safety all our patients are assessed against our patient selection criteria. Following your nipple reduction consultation your medical history will be reviewed and the pre-operative nurse will advise on pre-operative tests.
They will advise you of any precautions you need to take in the days or weeks leading up to your nipple reduction procedure and advise on any medication that you should stop taking before your procedure.

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The Procedure

Nipple reduction surgery is a relatively quick and straightforward procedure often taking around 20 minutes to treat each nipple. The procedure entails removing part of the nipple tissue to reduce its size; the scars post-surgery will be minimal and virtually undetectable as they are well hidden on the underside of the nipple where it meets the areola.

Day of the procedure
You will be given an admission time to arrive at the hospital, this is usually an hour before your surgery start time.

Once admitted:

  • The nursing team will record your blood pressure and prep you for surgery.
  • You will meet with the surgeon who will go through the procedure again and answer any questions.
  • Pre-operative photos will be taken.

The Procedure:

  • Local anaesthetic will be administered to the areas being treated.
  • An incision will be made around the base of the nipple.
  • The extra tissue is cut away and the rest of the nipple is pulled in towards the breast.
  • Stitches will be used to secure the nipple into its new position and close the incision.
  • A dressing will be applied to the area.
  • You will be taken to one of the recovery rooms and once the surgeon and nursing team are happy that you are safe you return home, you will be discharged and allowed to leave accompanied by a family member or friend.
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After your nipple reduction procedure

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week should you have any worries or concerns during your recovery time.

We recommend that patients allow 2-3 days before returning to work following a nipple reduction procedure to allow any initial discomfort to subside. You will need to avoid exercise and strenuous activities for 2 weeks.
You will be required to attend a series of follow-up appointments at The Private Clinic which includes a 1-week check-up appointment with a nurse and then your 6-week post-operative appointment with your surgeon. At this stage you should be fully healed and back to your everyday activities and your surgeon will be able to advise you on anything that you are unsure of or have questions about.

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How can you fix a protruding nipple?

Nipple reduction surgery at The Private Clinic can successful fix a protruding nipple or a puffy nipple by reducing the height and/or width. The procedure is carried out under local anaesthetic and great care is taken throughout the procedure to preserve nipple sensation. There is very little downtime associated with protruding nipple correction surgery and you will be able to get back to your usual routine quickly.

To find out more about nipple reduction surgery click here to book a consultation with one of our expert surgeons.

Am I suitable for nipple reduction surgery?

Nipple reduction surgery is suitable for anyone who feels that their nipples are too wide or too long as long as you are over 18 years old. The best way to find out if you are a suitable for nipple reduction surgery is to visit one of our expert surgeons for a consultation where they will be able to assess you and go through any medical history. Nipple reduction procedure can be performed on both men and women and the process is pretty much the same for both.

What happens during nipple Reduction surgery?

Nipple Reduction surgery involves removing a strip of skin about the base of the nipple which is then closed and sutured which reduces the height of the nipple by pushing it back into the breast tissue. This is a very straightforward procedure and is most commonly performed under local anaesthetic as a day-case treatment.

To find out more about what is involved in nipple reduction surgery click here to make an appointment with one of our industry leading plastic surgeons.

What is the recovery period following nipple reduction surgery?

You may feel mild discomfort in the area treated for 24-48 hours but this can easily be managed with painkillers. We recommend that you avoid strenuous activities for the first 2 weeks to avoid chafing. Patients are normally fully recovered 6 weeks after their procedure and any swelling should have settled at this point with your nipple sitting in its new position.

To find out more about the recovery period associated with nipple reduction procedure click here to book an appointment to meet with one of our expert plastic surgeons.

How much does Nipple Reduction cost?

The Private Clinic sees over 15,000 new patients every year and perform over 10,000 procedures, with one of the highest –patients’ satisfaction in the sector, Trustpilot 9.4, 5 star rating, 96% would recommend us to their friends and family. We are a multi award winning provider and have been voted the Aesthetic award for Best UK Clinic Group 2017.

The Private Clinic prides itself on its commitment to Medical Expertise, Patient Care and Satisfaction, Honest advice and most importantly Results. We are above all committed to Quality. Please feel free to contact us for any advice or to book a consultation with one of our expert Breast surgeons.

Cost can be part of your decision to undergo a procedure but it should never be the deciding factor. For more information about The Private Clinic, our experience and medical expertise click here.

The cost of a Bilateral Nipple Reduction starts at £2,100.

We don’t follow a one-price-fits-all policy and prices are quoted on a case by case basis. You will be given an accurate quote for your requirements following your consultation.

Consultations with our breast surgeons are £100 at our clinics in London Harley Street, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton.

We offer consultations with our highly experienced Patient Coordinators which require a £25 refundable deposit to secure your place.

Patient coordinators are able to offer you all the information you require prior to meeting a surgeon.

Please note all consultations available at our Harley Street clinic are with a surgeon.

Things to Consider

Our advice on what to consider when deciding to have a nipple reduction procedure:

1. When choosing a clinic, you should always do your research, and only go to an established, reputable clinic.

The Private Clinic has been in the cosmetic surgery industry for over 35 years. We are here to answer all of your questions and give you peace of mind.

2. When choosing a surgeon, make sure you know who you’ll be seeing. Their expertise, qualifications and patient satisfaction rate are important factors to take into consideration.

At The Private Clinic, we only source the most experienced and specialised surgeons. Find out more about our plastic surgeons here.

3. Price should never be the deciding factor when choosing where to have your treatment. Safety should be your number one priority and feeling confident that they will look after you – not only before, but also after your procedure

4. When it sounds too good to be true, it often is. Always find out what your clinic’s reputation is.

Our excellent reputation for patient safety and satisfaction, honest advice and outstanding care means your journey with The Private Clinic will be an exciting experience to a newfound shape.

Why Choose The Private Clinic

  • Over 35 years’ experience in medical cosmetic procedures and advanced non surgical non invasive treatments.
  • Consultations with expert breast surgeons who have years of experience
  • 24 hour patient helpline to ensure you are always in the best of hands.
  • Three years cover for all surgical, hospital and nursing care, in case of any medical issue giving you peace of mind.
  • Comprehensive Nipple surgery Patient Guide.
  • Outstanding hospital facilities.
  • Our experience and medical expertise makes your journey a reassuring one
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Meet our Surgeons

We have a dedicated Plastic Surgeon and medical team who will be with you throughout your journey.

At The Private Clinic nipple reduction surgery is performed by some of the UK’s top consultant plastic surgeons who have decades of experience.