Do I have normal or regular looking nipples?

I am very self-conscious about my nipples. All of my friends say they look normal but I think they are just being nice. It is pretty tough to get a honest opinion from girlfriends on any thing related to appearance. What do you think of what I am working with? Can you tell what makes me frustrated?


F, 40, Nevada

Tags:nipples too large

The short answer is yes you are normal. There is a very wide spectrum of normal. As in the comment below there are some trade offs with nipple reduction and a consultation with a board certified Plastic Surgeon would be the way to decide what you want to do.

Based upon just the one photo, your nipple stalks do appear to be rather large -- but this is certainly within the normal range.  If they bother you, then nipple stalk reduction surgery can be done, but bear in mind it may interfere somewhat with sensation and with the ability to nurse.

Best to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss the pros and cons,particularly vis a vis your own personal situation.

Good luck!

Elliot W.Jacobs,MD, FACS

New York City