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Nipple ReductionTypical Timing/Age

After the completion of childbearing and breastfeeding.


Excessively long or projecting nipples. Excessively large areolas are treated with a mastopexy.


Starts at $800 if both need reduction. *This is an estimation & prices may vary.


Depending on the size the length of the nipple, different techniques are used to reduce nipple size. Nipple reduction can be performed in the office under local anesthesia or in an operating room at the time of another procedure.


To reduce nipple size and projection.




Patients should have no future plans for breastfeeding as a nipple reduction may make breastfeeding difficult or no longer possible.


Local anesthesia if done in the office.

Hospital stay

Most patients go home after surgery. If done with only local anesthesia, patients can drive themselves home.


You will be able to walk around, feed and bathe yourself. Depending on your pain medication requirements, you may not be able to care for others or drive a car.

Walking After Surgery

You are encouraged to walk around the house as much as possible to help reduce the risk of DVT and thromboembolism.


You may shower the day of the procedure.


Exercise is ok 1 week after surgery.


Wait 1 week because you don’t want to increase your blood pressure during the early healing period. After 1 week, sex is ok ONLY if your partner is able to resist touching your nipples. You are the only person allowed to touch your nipples for 6 weeks following surgery.


1 day to no time at all off work, depending on your type of work and pain medication requirements.


Usually minimal.


Usually not present.

Inherent Risks & Complications

Bleeding, Infection, Poor scarring, Inability to breastfeed, Pain.

Performed by: Dr. Butler, Dr. Leveque, Dr. Patterson


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