Male nipple reduction is generally a straightforward procedure performed under local anesthesia for men who are self-conscious about excessive nipple size and/or protrusion.
Many men with enlarged nipples feel uncomfortable wearing light or tight T-shirts or bathing suits. Some wear dark shirts, preferably with lettering across the chest, or wear thick shirts or layers, even during the hot Texas summers. Some use band- aids to hide their nipples.
Distinguishing between enlarged nipples and puffy areolae is important because the surgical treatments are very different. Remember that the nipple is the protrusion in the center of the areola; the areola is the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple.
If you have an enlarged nipple:
If you have a puffy areola:
Male nipple reduction is performed under local anesthesia and usually takes about a half hour. We have laughing gas available at no additional charge. After the nipples are numb, horizontally-oriented chevron-shaped (think of the Chevron log) removal of excessive tissue is performed. The incisions are closed with absorbable stitches and covered with antibiotic ointment and band-aids.
Pain is mild and generally requires no more than extra-strength Tylenol. Exercise and heavy lifting should be avoided for at least 72 hours. The nipple scars are small and often difficult to find.
Dr. Friedman is among the most experienced plastic surgeons in the United States performing male nipple reduction. When you visit our office, we will be happy to show you what to expect from male nipple reduction. We will also show you a variety of “before and after” photos of male nipple surgeries performed by Dr. Friedman. If you wish to speak to other men who have undergone this procedure, we will happy to provide phone numbers.Back To Top
Typical cost is $1400 for both nipples. This includes the consultation, surgical procedure, and postoperative follow-up appointments.
Although it is technically possible to completely flatten or eliminate the nipple, Dr. Friedman recommends preservation of a small amount of nipple protrusion. The idea is to make the nipple look small and inconspicuous. Conspicuous absence of the nipple is undesirable.
Though every patient differs, the vast majority of nipple reduction scars are nearly imperceptible.
Assuming that the job does not require strenuous physical activity, most men can return to work the day after nipple reduction surgery. Some return the same day.
Nipple reduction can easily be repeated through the same incision as long as some nipple is preserved, as above.
Two weeks before your appointment
At home after the procedure