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Nipple & Areola Reduction

A woman’s nipples are important to her body image, sexuality, and ability to breastfeed. Having nipples that are prominent can make women feel self conscious both in and out of clothing. Enlarged or misshapen areolas, which are often the result of breastfeeding, weight changes, and the natural aging process, can look out of proportion with the breasts and cause self consciousness as well. The board-certified plastic surgeons at the Center for Cosmetic Surgery offer nipple and areola reduction surgery to help women from the Denver metro area, Colorado Springs, and Fort Collins feel more confident and beautiful.

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 Before & After Photos

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Before & After Nipple reduction Case 11216 Right Oblique View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #11216

This is a 43 year old woman who underwent a nipple reduction. She wanted to reduce the projection of her nipples. Post-operative pictures are from six months after surgery. She also underwent a breast augmentation at the same time.
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Breast Augmentation Case 931 View #1 View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #931

Breast Augmentation with Nipple Reduction
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Best Denver Breast Implants Augmentation Nipple Reduction
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Case #911

This 33 year old patient of Dr. Steinwald's wanted to increase her cup size from an A to a small C. She chose 350 cc Sientra smooth, round, moderate projection implants which were placed under the muscle via an inframammary fold incision. She also felt that her nipples projected too far outward, so a nipple reduction was also performed.Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Denver Breast Augmentation
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Case #11259

30 year-old mother of several boys who wished to be in a fuller C-cup bra size range (and to have nipple reduction); breast augmentation with textured round 470cc high-profile Sientra implants performed for positional stability (with nipple reduction concomitantly), shown here approximately 1 month post-op. If you have similar issues and live... Read More
Surgeon: Paul M. Steinwald, M.D.
Before & After Nipple reduction Case 11345 Left Oblique View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #11345

This is a 29 year old woman who wanted to have the length of her nipples reduced. She underwent a nipple reduction to shorten her nipples along with a breast augmentation and mastopexy (breast lift). The visible scars are from the breast lift, not the nipple reduction. Post-operative pictures are from 6 weeks after her surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.
Before & After Nipple reduction Case 11344 Right Oblique View in Denver & Golden, CO
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Case #11344

This is a 35 year old woman who didn't like her long nipples. She wanted to decrease the projection of her nipples. She underwent a nipple reduction by Dr. Steven Vath to shorten her nipples. Post-operative pictures are from 5 weeks after surgery. Read More
Surgeon: Steven D. Vath, M.D.

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

What are the nipple and areola?

The nipple is the projecting portion of the breast that carries the lactiferous (milk) ducts. The areola is the dark pigmented circle of skin from which the nipple projects.

Is there anything I can do about nipples that are too long or wide? How about enlarged areola?

Yes. Under a local anesthetic, simple procedures are available to reduce the length and/or width of your nipple depending upon your goals. Inverted nipples can be corrected with surgery as well. Similarly, enlarged areolas can be made smaller with minimal recovery time and very little risk. Many women have their nipples corrected during a breast enhancement procedure such as breast lift, breast enlargement, or breast reduction. Men can have nipple and areola correction performed as part of male breast reduction.

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Will I have visible scars after nipple or areola reduction surgery?

Our surgeons take care to place the incisions where the resulting scars will be barely noticeable. For nipple reduction surgery, the incision is placed at the base of the nipple where it meets the areola. For areola reshaping and reduction surgery, the incision is placed along the edge of the areola. When combined with breast enhancement, areola surgery is performed through the same incision.

How long does it take to recover from nipple or areola reduction surgery?

When performed without breast enhancement, nipple and areola surgery typically require just a day or 2 of downtime. The nipples and areolas will take about 3 to 4 weeks to heal enough for you to resume strenuous activities. Recovery time when performed with breast enhancement will depend on the procedure and technique performed.

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Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Steven Vath, Dr. Andrew Wolfe, and Dr. Paul Steinwald lead our patient-centered practice with warmth, honesty, and respect. Their combined expertise and credentials have placed us among Colorado's premier aesthetic centers.


Will I lose sensation in my nipples after surgery?

Loss of sensation after nipple/areola surgery is possible, but usually temporary.

How long does nipple or areola reduction surgery take?

When performed alone, these procedures take about an hour to complete.

Can I still breastfeed after an areola or nipple reduction?

It is possible that surgery of the nipple or areola can impact breastfeeding. During your consultation, let your surgeon know if you hope to breastfeed in the future. Because breastfeeding often stretches the nipples and areolas, it may be best to have corrective surgery when you are finished having children.

The Center for Cosmetic Surgery has two offices conveniently located in the Denver metropolitan area, one in Golden and the other in Cherry Creek, Denver. Please schedule a personal consultation to learn what nipple and areola repair can do for you. Simply call (303) 278-2600 or request your consultation online.

For information about preparing for your surgery and post-operative guidelines, visit our Patient Resources page.

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