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What is Male Nipple Reduction?

Male nipple reduction is a generally straightforward procedure performed under local anesthesia for men who are self-conscious about excessive nipple size and/or protrusion. This can be performed as a stand-alone procedure or during a male breast reduction surgery.

Many men with enlarged nipples feel uncomfortable wearing light or tight T-shirts or swim trunks. Some wear dark shirts, preferably with lettering across the chest, or wear thick shirts or layers, even during the hot Phoenix, AZ summers. Some use band-aids to hide their nipples. To our knowledge, Dr. Gal is one of the busiest male breast reduction (Gynecomastia surgery) surgeons within the Valley and she is now offering male nipple reduction surgery as well.

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Enlarged Nipple versus Puffy Areola

Distinguishing between enlarged nipples and puffy areolae is important because the surgical treatments are very different. Remember that the nipple is the protrusion in the center of the areola; while the areola is the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.

If you have an enlarged nipple:

  • The protrusion in the center of the areola is too large and/or projects too much.
  • The surrounding pigmented skin is generally flat.
  • The area looks worse when the nipple is cold or stimulated.
  • The surgical treatment is nipple reduction.

If you have a puffy areola:

  • The entire pigmented area of skin protrudes and looks “puffy.”
  • The nipple does not project much beyond the areola.
  • The area looks better when the nipple/areola is cold or stimulated.
  • The surgical treatment is male breast reduction for gynecomastia (enlarged male breasts).

Nipple Reduction Procedure

Male nipple reduction is performed under local anesthesia and usually takes about 30 minutes as a stand-alone procedure or can be performed at the same time as a gynecomastia surgery. After the nipples are numb, an incision is made and removal of excessive tissue is performed. The incisions are closed with absorbable stitches and covered with ointment and band-aids.

Recovery After Nipple Reduction

Pain is mild and generally requires no more than extra-strength Tylenol. Exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for one week. Strenuous chest exercise should be avoided for two weeks. The nipple scars are small and often camouflage very well.

Why Peoria Cosmetic Surgery?

Why feel self-conscious all summer, when Dr. Gal, an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon can increase your confidence with a quick, effective and safe nipple reduction procedure done in our fully accredited in-office surgical suite. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable in your own skin, so call us to schedule your consultation today.

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