About Nipple Reduction
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What is Nipple Reduction?
Nipple reduction is carried out to decrease nipple size. Nipple reduction can also include reshaping of the nipple to create better nipple proportions and reduction of the areola, the darker area surrounding the nipple. Nipple reduction may take place alongside breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction.
How is Nipple Reduction carried out?
Nipple reduction is achieved by removing excess tissue from the nipple through tiny incisions on the nipple itself. The surgeon will carry out the procedure either to reduce the length of the nipple or the width of the nipple, or both.
Duration of procedure/surgery : The nipple reduction surgery takes around 1 hour to complete.
Days admitted : None. Nipple reduction is carried out on an outpatient basis.
Anesthesia : Nipple reduction is performed under a local or general anesthesia, depending on the preference of the surgeon and the patient.
Recovery : - The average full recovery time for a nipple reduction is 1 to 2 weeks.
- Patients can return to work and normal activities after 1 or 2 days.
- Patients should avoid strenuous activity for 7 to 10 days.
Risks : Nipple reduction is a straightforward surgical procedure but some risks do exist.
- Unsatisfactory results and the need for a second surgical procedure.
- Loss of the ability to breast feed (extremely rare unless the milk ducts are cut).
After care : - Manage discomfort and bruising with prescribed medication.
- Keep the dressings dry.
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