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What is nipple reduction surgery?

Nipple reduction, also known as areola reduction, is a procedure which is undertaken to reduce the size or change the shape of the nipples.

It is a simple procedure which does not leave a lot of scarring.

Why choose Robert Warr?

Robert Warr, who is a nipple reduction expert, is recognised as a leading surgeon and consultant. Robert has built an unmatched reputation for providing an outstanding service, and this is evidenced by the 96 per cent share of Robert Warr patients who say that they would recommend him to family and friends.

Robert Warr has the best operating facilities in the leading hospitals and patients receive the latest advanced treatments, along with the benefits of state of the art equipment.

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Nipple reduction FAQs

Nipple reduction is undertaken by both men and women for a variety of cosmetic and medical reasons. Some individuals have widened or enlarged areolas (nipples) which they wish to be smaller. Other people have raised or domed areolas and wish to reduce the size. This is sometimes due to conditions such as tubular breast abnormality.

In some cases, individuals have areolas which are non circular in appearance, and wish to change the shape of them. The colour of the areolas can also be altered by surgery which focuses on the glands on the areola surface that cause the discolouration.

Ultimately, the diameter of the areola which is considered ‘ideal’ will be influenced by the size and appearance of the underlying bust.

Nipple reduction typically starts with the removal of the areola’s outer area. Then the procedure involves bringing the skin closer to the areola by means of absorbable stitches which are able to have the effect of reducing the diameter. Deep tissue stitches are used as a way of preventing the areola from widening in the future.

Nipple reduction by Robert Warr is a bespoke treatment which includes a full consultancy for patients. Local or general anaesthetic can be used for the procedure, and an anaesthetist will be on hand to discuss the chosen form of anaesthesia with the patient before the operation. Patients can be asked to refrain from eating or drinking for several hours on the day of the procedure.

Nipple reduction patients can typically resume everyday activities within a week, although strenuous physical exercise might only be suitable after several weeks. A follow up appointment is scheduled to check that the areolas are healing as normal.

Any surgical procedure has some level of risk attached to it. Among the risks associated to nipple reduction are loss of sensation in the areola, infection, bleeding, and difficulties with breastfeeding.

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