Can you shrink protruding nipples through surgery?
My nipples are constantly protruded about 3/4 inch. It always looks like I’ve just come out of a cold shower. Plus I have a really flat chest, so they look even more odd. I’m self-conscious about it and was wondering if there are any safe, surgical procedures that can help shrink the size of my protruding nipples?
Overly prominent nipples are an issue that can be experienced by both men and women. In women, a normal nipple is on average 8mm high and 8mm wide with a slightly rounded dome at the top. However, there is a range of normal nipples sizes and shapes, and some women have nipples that appear constantly erect all the time. If the protrusion of your nipples makes you feel self-conscious or uncomfortable when wearing form-fitting clothing or in intimate situations, then it may be worthwhile to start considering surgical options.
There is a simple procedure that can be performed under local anesthesia to correct protruding nipples. Nipple reduction surgery can be performed alone, or in conjunction with other forms of breast surgery, like breast augmentation. There are two possible surgical options depending on: the extent to which the nipple protrudes, if you want to breastfeed in the future, and the degree of nipple sensation you would like to maintain.
The first nipple reduction technique involves the excision of a wedge of the nipple, which will reduce its length by half, or possibly more. The second technique involves a donut-shaped reduction where a ring of tissue is removed from the circumference of the nipple. Both procedures reduce the nipple size so they no longer point outwards as dramatically, leaving only a small projection.
However, the nipple is a complex part of the female anatomy. It contains lactiferous ducts for milk production, montgomery glands, and sensory nerves. Surgical reduction procedures can in some cases impact on the sense of feeling in your nipples and their function in breastfeeding.
Because the milk ducts are affected, the "wedge" nipple reduction technique eliminates the possibility of breastfeeding while some sensation is also lost. The "donut" technique still allows for the possibility of breastfeeding, but partial loss of sensation is likely. Loss of sensation means a reduced likelihood of sexual arousal in the nipples. Both techniques are straightforward procedures, however, and use dissolvable stitches with a band-aid as the dressing. You will be able to shower the next day and resume most everyday activities.
I suggest you consult with a plastic surgeon who has experience in nipple reduction surgery to explore your options and determine the most appropriate course of treatment. Should you decide nipple reduction surgery is not for you, there’s another temporary non-surgical fix you can consider: some women wear extra-padded bras to help disguise their protruding nipples under clothing.
Nipple reduction can be done for most patient under local anesthesia in the office. Be sure to discuss your goals and concerns with your board certified plastic surgeon and consider the pros and the cons. Be certain your surgeon is properly certified. I've attached a link where you can start your search.