Nipple Reduction

Nipple Reduction

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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 July 16th 2020.

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 nipple is enlarged and often procedures through clothing causing patients to feel self-conscious. This condition can affect women and men.

What causes a nipple size to increase?

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.

Can nipple reduction surgery help?

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.

Where can I have nipple reduction surgery?

Nipple Reduction Surgery consultations are available at our London Harley Street, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Northampton, Bristol, Manchester, 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.

Read Mr Adrian Richards, Consultant Plastic Surgeon at The Private Clinic’s comments on nipple correction surgery here

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

We also offer treatment for inverted nipples

Nipple Reduction Surgery

Nipple reduction surgery is normally performed under local anaesthetic which means you are awake during the operation. If you would prefer your nipple reduction surgery to be performed under a light general anaesthetic, this can be arranged with your surgeon prior to surgery.

Nipple reduction 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.


Enlarged Nipple Reduction is performed under local anaesthetic so you will be able to return home shortly after your procedure. There is minimal downtime with many patients returning to work with 1-2 days. Patients may experience very mild discomfort for the initial couple of days post-surgery which can be managed with painkillers. Your surgeon will have used dissolvable stitches which will be degraded by the body over time and your bandages can be removed after 1 week.


The results from nipple reduction surgery are instant however you may experience some swelling in the area for 1-2 weeks. The best results are seen after 4-6 weeks when you should be fully healed from the procedure.

It is important to note that you will be unable to breastfeed following nipple reduction surgery and this must be considered in advance of any procedure.

When it comes to researching breast surgery procedures there are a lot of words and abbreviations that may seem confusing. We have created a glossary of the most popular Cosmetic Surgery words which you can view here.


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.

What causes enlarged nipples?

There is no real cause for enlarged nipples and they generally start to appear as your breast develops although in some cases it can be caused by breast feeding. Other causes for enlarged, protruding or puffy nipples can be weight loss, weight gain or gynaecomastia.

What is the ideal nipple size?

The average nipple size is a projection of 6 to 10 mm however to work out your ideal shape or size it will be based on your unique breast or chest measurements. Your surgeon will determine nipple size that is proportionate to you.

Do enlarged nipples need to be treated?

There are no real health concerns associated with large nipples unless they have suddenly changed in appearance without any other obvious causes. Patients mainly seek correction purely down to the aesthetic concern that it causes them.  A consultation with one of our expert surgeons will be able to tell you more about the treatment before you make a decision to go ahead or not.

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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 at a nipple reduction consultation?

A consultation with your surgeon is a great way to get an idea of what the best treatment plan is going to be for you. Your surgeon will be able to assess you and discuss what to realistically expect from surgery. It is also your chance to ask them questions about the procedure and what to expect post-op.

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Is it possible for the consultation and procedure to be carried out on the same day?

In the majority of cases it is possible to be treated on a ‘see and treat’ purpose. This would often require you to send a photo to the surgeon for assessment prior to your appointment. You will then be given an appointment date where your procedure will be carried out on the same day.

Can nipple reduction surgery be combined with another procedure?

It is possible for nipple reduction surgery to be performed at the same time as another procedure such as breast enlargement or a male chest reduction. We recommend discussing this option with your surgeon at your consultation.   Click here to book a consultation with one of our expert breast surgeons.

How long does nipple seduction surgery take?

Nipple reduction surgery can take up to 60 minutes. We usually advise at least 20 minutes per nipple but this will vary on a case-by-case basis. If your nipple reduction surgery is taking place alongside a breast augmentation then this will be longer.

Is nipple reduction surgery painful?

Nipple reduction surgery should not be painful. The local anaesthetic injection may sting a little bit for a few seconds but the surgery will not take place until you are completely numb. Once you have had the anaesthetic you should not feel any pain but may feel a little discomfort with pressure and movement as the procedure takes place.

Will I need to stay overnight after a nipple reduction procedure?

If performed as a stand-alone procedure then a nipple reduction is performed under local anaesthetic as a day case procedure. Once you have been discharged by your surgeon you will be able to return home shortly after the procedure.

What type of anaesthetic is required for nipple reduction surgery?

Nipple reduction procedures are performed under local anaesthetic if nothing else is being operated on at the same time. If you are having a combined breast augmentation for example then you will require general anaesthetic but your surgeon will inform you of this ahead of your procedure.

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.

When can I return to work after a nipple reduction surgery?

Many patients return to work the day after their nipple reduction surgery. We generally advise to take 1-3 days to allow any discomfort to settle but unless you are very active in your job role then you will be fine to return to work shortly after your procedure.

Can I breastfeed after nipple reduction surgery?

Nipple reduction surgery is likely to leave you unable to breastfeed. Many of our nipple reduction patients visit us after they have finished breast feeding as this can be a cause of enlarged nipples where they have been stretched. If you are concerned about being able to breastfeed after nipple reduction surgery then you should consider waiting until after you have finished breastfeeding.

Will I loose sensation after nipple reduction surgery?

Changes to nipple sensation are likely to change slightly initially after surgery. This is usually only temporary and everything should return to normal within 6 weeks with the nipple responding to touch and cold as it did previously. Your plastic surgeon will advise you on what to expect after surgery at your consultation ahead of your procedure.

When can I exercise again after my nipple reduction procedure?

We recommend that you wait 2-3 weeks before you start strenuous exercise again, especially those that involve friction against the nipple such as running or contact sports. Your surgeon will be able to supply you with full aftercare advice after your procedure and our nurses are always on hand to answer any questions that you may have after your procedure.

When will I be able to shower after a nipple reduction procedure?

Patients should be fine to shower the day after a nipple reduction procedure but we advise that you try and avoid getting the dressing excessively wet. You will be able to have a bath two weeks after your procedure once your dressing has been removed. Full aftercare advice will be provided to you after your procedure. If you have any questions then don’t hesitate to contact your local clinic or our on-call number for additional advice.

Can I drive after nipple reduction surgery?

We recommend that patients wait at least 24 hours before driving just to allow any side effects from local anaesthetic to pass. If you have had general anaesthetic then you must wait a week as it does take longer for general anaesthetic to be out of your system. Driving too soon after a surgical procedure could void your insurance policy so be sure to check with your provider before getting behind the wheel.

What is the scar like after nipple reduction surgery?

Nipple reduction surgery leaves patients with a very small scar that is often virtually undetectable. The scar often runs along the underside of the nipple where it meets the areola. If you are concerned about scarring after nipple reduction surgery we recommend visiting us for a consultation with a surgeon who will be able to explain in more detail what to expect from nipple reduction surgery.

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 London Harley Street Clinic.

Consultations with our breast surgeons are £50 at our Bristol, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton clinics.

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 at our Harley Street clinic are with a surgeon.

Are the results permanent after nipple reduction surgery?

The results from surgical procedures are permanent however it is important to remember that factors such as weight gain, weight loss, pregnancy and breast feeding can alter the results.

What are the risks involved with nipple surgery?

All surgical procedures come with risks although they are usually very rare and unlikely to occur. Nipple reduction procedure does carry a risk that you may be unable to breastfeed after surgery.

As with any type of surgery there are risks associated with nipple correction, although these are very rare and unlikely to occur. Inverted nipple surgery in particular does carry the risk of inability to breastfeed. Other risks include; adverse scarring, bleeding, haematoma formation, infection, numbness, alteration in sensation and asymmetry in the healing and in the final result. But these will all be discussed in more detail at your consultation with a surgeon.  Click here to book a consultation with an industry leading plastic surgeons near you.

What does a free nipple reduction consultation mean?

We are able to offer patients a free nipple reduction phone or video consultation with a member of our experienced patient coordinator team.

During this consultation you will be able to find out more about the procedure and find out which of our expert surgeons will be best suited to meet your requirements.

To secure a timed appointment slot we do require you to pay a £25 deposit. This is deposit will be refunded to you once the consultation takes place. Should you find yourself unable to make your appointment slot, you will be able to change your appointment time up to 48 hours before.

Contact us to book your free phone or video consultation. 

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