Nipple Reduction Surgery in Singapore

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With 35 years of experience in plastic and cosmetic surgery, Dr Marco Faria Correa adopts a precise approach to nipple reduction, aiming to meet the individual aesthetic objectives of each patient. Our clinic provides a comfortable and private setting for patients seeking this specialised procedure​​​​.

What is Nipple Reduction Surgery?

Nipple reduction surgery is a cosmetic procedure designed to adjust the size of the nipples. Primarily sought by women with overly prominent or large nipples, this surgery addresses issues where the nipples may be constantly erect and noticeably protrude under clothing, causing embarrassment or discomfort.

The procedure focuses on reducing nipple height or projection and, if necessary, adjusting diameter or width. Causes of nipple hypertrophy, the condition of enlarged nipples, can include trauma, breastfeeding, pregnancy, or puberty. By modifying the nipples through surgery, the shape and size of the breasts can be enhanced, creating a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Nipple Reduction Surgery Procedure

Initial Consultation

During the initial consultation, the patient’s goals and expectations for the surgery are discussed. This is an opportunity to address any concerns and questions about the procedure.

Pre-operative Assessment

Before the surgery, a comprehensive pre-operative assessment is conducted. This includes a thorough medical evaluation to ensure the patient is in good health and to identify any factors that may impact the surgery or recovery.

Surgical Procedure
  • Preparation: The procedure starts with the patient being prepared for surgery, which includes administering local anaesthesia for comfort and safety.
  • Making the Incision: The surgeon makes a small incision on the nipple. This incision is strategically placed to minimise visible scarring.
  • Tissue Removal: Through the incision, excess tissue is carefully removed to reduce the size of the nipple.
  • Reshaping: After the excess tissue is removed, the nipple is reshaped to achieve the desired size and appearance.
  • Stitching: The incision is then stitched up meticulously to promote optimal healing and maintain the new shape.
  • Post-Operative Dressing: Gauze dressings are applied to the treated area. Additionally, patients are fitted with a special surgical bra, which they must wear during the recovery period.

The entire procedure typically takes about one hour to complete.

Post-operative Care

After the surgery, patients experience some soreness and pain, which can be managed with prescribed pain medication. Gauze dressings are applied, and a special surgical bra is provided to support the breasts during the healing process. Most patients can return to work two days after the surgery, but strenuous activities should be avoided for at least three weeks.

In instances where the areola, the circular area surrounding the nipple, is excessively large and puffy, its reduction may be performed alongside a nipple reduction.

Advantages of Nipple Reduction Surgery

Nipple reduction surgery offers several benefits, including:

Reduction in Nipple Puffiness

This procedure effectively addresses the puffiness often seen in overly prominent nipples, making them less noticeable and more proportionate to the breast’s overall size.

Correction of Asymmetry

Many individuals have asymmetrical nipples, which can be a source of self-consciousness. Nipple reduction surgery can balance the size and shape of the nipples, providing a symmetrical and harmonious breast appearance.

Improvement in Appearance

Long or drooping nipples can affect the overall look of the breasts. The surgery improves their appearance by adjusting the length and projection, creating a more youthful and uplifted look. This can enhance self-confidence, making individuals feel more comfortable in their skin and with their body image.

Aesthetic Enhancement

The procedure is tailored to create a nipple size and shape that is in harmony with the patient’s breast size and body proportions, leading to a more aesthetically pleasing breast appearance.

Restoration Post-Breastfeeding

Changes in nipple size and shape are common after breastfeeding. This surgery can restore the nipples to their pre-pregnancy state, helping women regain their pre-birth breast aesthetics.

Ideal Candidates for Nipple Reduction Surgery

Ideal candidates for nipple reduction surgery include individuals who are seeking to address concerns with the size or shape of their nipples.

  • Health Status: Candidates should be in generally good health without any medical conditions that could impair healing or increase surgery risks.
  • Non-pregnant and Non-breastfeeding: The surgery is not recommended for women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding. Wait until after these life stages to consider the procedure.
  • Nipple Hypertrophy: Individuals experiencing nipple hypertrophy, an enlargement of the nipples due to factors like pregnancy, breastfeeding, or hormonal changes, are good candidates for this surgery.
  • Seeking Symmetry and Aesthetic Improvement: Those who desire to correct asymmetrical nipples or improve the overall appearance of their breasts can benefit from nipple reduction surgery.
  • Realistic Expectations: Individuals must have realistic expectations about the outcome and understand the limitations of the surgery.

Results and Longevity of Nipple Reduction Surgery

Following nipple reduction surgery, there should be a noticeable improvement in the appearance of the nipples. Patients observe a change in size and shape, resulting in a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing breast contour. The alteration in nipple size and projection typically aligns well with the overall breast size, enhancing the natural appearance.

The changes made during the procedure are permanent, giving patients a lasting solution to their concerns. Future life events such as pregnancy and breastfeeding may influence breast and nipple size, potentially altering the surgical results. Patients are encouraged to contemplate these factors when planning their surgery.

Following post-operative care instructions can help maintain the results and ensure a smooth recovery.

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Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
#10-26/27, 38 Irrawaddy Road
Singapore 329563

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    Is nipple reduction surgery painful?

    The procedure is typically performed under local anaesthesia to minimise discomfort. Post-operatively, some soreness and pain are common, but these can be effectively managed with prescribed pain medication.

    How long is the recovery period after nipple reduction surgery?

    Most patients can return to work and normal activities within one to two days after the surgery. Try to avoid strenuous activities for at least three weeks to ensure proper healing.

    Are there any risks associated with nipple reduction surgery?

    Like any surgical procedure, nipple reduction has potential risks, including asymmetry, loss of sensation, pain, infection, numbness, heightened sensitivity, loss of pigment, loss of nipple, inability to breastfeed, and visible scarring. These risks are relatively rare.

    Will nipple reduction surgery affect my ability to breastfeed?

    There is a possibility that nipple reduction surgery can impact breastfeeding. It is not recommended for women who are planning to breastfeed in the future.

    How long do the results of nipple reduction surgery last?

    The results of nipple reduction surgery are permanent, though it may be affected by factors such as pregnancy and breastfeeding.

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