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What is Nipple Reduction Surgery?

Published:2010-04-13   Views:160  From:Peking University Third Hospital

Excerpt:A regular nipple is 0.8 to 1 cm in diameter. Nipple reduction surgery is most often requested by women who were born with overly large nipples. Overly large nipples can cause embarrassment when they ...

A regular nipple is 0.8 to 1 cm in diameter. Nipple reduction surgery is most often requested by women who were born with overly large nipples. Overly large nipples can cause embarrassment when they are erect as well as make the fitting of bras uncomfortable. Many women also prefer the more demure appearance of smaller nipples as well as a less prominent areola as both are less noticeable under clothing. The procedure of nipple reduction surgery is fairly simple.

The nipple of a normal woman is a well-proportioned rounded column. Its width and length is proportioned to the areolae and breast. The two nipples should stand erect forward and be symmetrical. If the nipple is overly long (or wide), disproportioned and saggy, it doesn’t look good. Many women worried about their relatively big nipples. The simple nipple reduction surgery can help them.

Nipple reduction surgery includes shortening surgery for overlong nipples, shrinking surgery for wide nipples, correcting surgery for soggy nipples and rectifying surgery for asymmetrical nipples and unsmooth nipples. It is done under regional anesthesia. The incision is on the circumference of nipple fundus or on the nipple circular cylinder. The surgeons remove the redundant nipple tissue and suture. The cut will be covered with gauze and the stitches will be taken out 7 to 8 days later.

The most likely complications: nipple numbness, dissatisfaction with the shape, papillary necrosis and impact on breastfeeding.

This is a sophisticated surgery, requiring a surgeon who is very familiar with anatomy of nipple. Therefore those who are planning to have a nipple reduction surgery should choose a certificated medical clinic.

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