There is no perfect size for the nipple or areolas (the darkened area of skin around the nipple), and people have different preferences. If your preference is different than how you currently look, there is something you can do about it. A nipple reduction in Washington DC can improve its size, symmetry, and overall appearance. Many people are familiar with numerous cosmetic surgeries but most do not know that you can benefit from nipple reduction.
Both men and women choose this route to improve body image contentment. You might feel like your nipples protrude too much, sag, or are asymmetrical. Maybe you are dissatisfied with the shape or size of your areola, or your nipples are thicker than you prefer. You may be uncomfortable with how visible they are through clothing. Board-certified cosmetic breast surgeon Dr. Troy Pittman can assist you in determining the best path forward for this surgery.
Nipple Reduction Techniques
Nipple reduction is a cosmetic surgery that removes tissue from the nipples, followed by a restructuring of the nipple, and sometimes the areola, to reduce the size and improve appearance. A nipple reduction in Washington DC may be done as a single treatment or concurrently with a breast lift, augmentation, or reduction. There are several nipple reduction techniques, including:
- Wedge resection
- Simple grafting
Each technique has its advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Pittman will consult with the patient and choose the best reduction technique based on each patient’s unique needs. In the case of inverted nipples, he can release tethers at the base of the nipple that pulls it inward.
If an areola reduction is also requested, Dr. Pittman makes an incision along the outside of the areola, removes excess tissue, reshapes it, and sutures the incisions closed. Scarring presents along the outer line of the areola, where it is often unnoticed.
What to Expect During and After the Procedure
In Washington DC, nipple reduction by itself is an outpatient procedure using a general anesthesia, especially when performed in conjunction with over breast procedures. Our skilled nursing staff will provide you with all the information you need to prepare ahead of time and to make sure your post-op recovery is smooth and comfortable.
After nipple reduction procedures, the patient will go home shortly after the surgery but need to have someone drive them home. Patients usually experience some pain but it can be controlled with over-the-counter medications. If pain is difficult to manage, a physician can prescribe pain medication as needed. Recovery can vary from patient to patient, but most individuals can return to regular activities within a week.
Consult with Us About Nipple Reduction in Washington DC
Nipple reduction is a surgical procedure that more and more patients have started seeking out. Recipients of this cosmetic surgery appreciate the substantial improvements and speedy recovery that this relatively quick procedure offers. Many women, as well as men, have found it to be a worthwhile investment.
If undergoing nipple reduction in Washington DC will make you more satisfied with your body, you might be a good candidate for this surgery. Dr. Troy Pittman and our help staff are available to meet with you, answer questions, and ensure your expectations align with what this surgery has to offer. Give us a call to set up a consultation.
Check out some of our work in these before and after galleries for nipple reduction.