What is Nipple Reduction?
Having overly large, long or drooping nipples may cause embarrassment and discomfort for many patients. They may avoid wearing light clothing such as bathing suits, sheer dresses and sports attire. Women sometimes find it necessary to wear adhesives or padded bras to hide the prominent appearance. They may also have physical problems such as chafing or ulceration.
An overly large, long or droopy nipple may also detract from the appearance of the breast. Techniques developed in the last few years preserve the central core of the nipple, maintaining the nipple’s ability to support breast-feeding while preserving sensation. A nipple reduction procedure is often combined with a breast lift, breast reduction, breast augmentation, or gynecomastia (male breast reduction) surgery. Nipple reduction is also relatively simple to perform by itself under local anesthesia in the office.
Am I a good candidate for nipple reduction?
Good candidates in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts are uncomfortable with the size or shape of their nipples and are in general good health. It is also important to have a good understanding and realistic expectations of the procedure.
How is nipple reduction performed?
Nipple reduction surgery is done under local anesthesia and usually takes around an hour to complete. Dr. Hall creates a small incision in the nipple, and removes any excess tissue from the area. Stitches are then placed to close the incision, and dressings are applied to the breasts. A special surgical bra will need to be word to ensure optimal healing. Results from nipple reduction surgery are permanent, though the natural aging process may contribute to dropping or sagging of the breasts.
What should I expect during recovery?
Nipple reduction surgery is an outpatient procedure, so patients generally return home after their reduction. It is important to note that some patients have someone drive them home, as they will not be able to drive themselves. Pain medication can be prescribed to control any pain or soreness you may experience. Patients should wait one to two days after surgery to drive, bathe, and resume working. It is also advised that patients avoid strenuous activity for three weeks post-op. It is advised that patients sleep on their back only for the first week, as to ensure ideal healing.
As with any invasive surgery, scars will be present. It often takes several months to a year for scars to fade. Bruising often disappears after two weeks, and stitches can be removed within a week of surgery. Sometimes, patients may experience slight numbness or tingling in the nipple area, though this will go away within six weeks.
A consultation is the first step towards a more confident you. If you are interested in nipple reduction surgery in Boston, MA, contact Dr. Hall today at 781-473-0277 to schedule your initial consultation.
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