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August 24, 2023

What To Know About Nipple Reduction Surgery

If you are feeling self-conscious about the look of your nipples, here at Medical Tourism in Albania we offer you nipple reduction surgery. The purpose of this procedure is to reduce the size of the areola or the prominence of the nipples, by removing a portion of the skin of the nipple. It is important to consult with a medical professional if you are considering this procedure. A qualified professional will discuss the potential risks, what to expect, and the benefits of this procedure. Furthermore, we will discuss some of the most important facts about nipple reduction surgery. 

Nipple reduction surgery in Albania

What Is Nipple Reduction?

Nipple Reduction also known as Nipple Correction is a simple cosmetic surgery that is done to reduce the size and change the shape of one or both of your nipples if you feel like you want to change them. The most common concerns that doctors face are what we call puffy nipples and inverted nipples.

Nipple reduction surgery is capable of reshaping the nipple to the desired look, minimizing the width and the height of the aureola, and lastly can fix asymmetries that may bother you. This can leave you with a pleasing chest appearance and a more restored look. Usually, the surgery is done under general anesthesia when it is combined with other procedures like breast lift, breast reduction, mummy makeovers, or even breast augmentation, or it can be done under local anesthesia when carried out on its own. 

During the consultation, you will be able to ask any questions you may have and address any concerns. One of our skilled doctors will address your issues and will recommend the best treatment possible for your case. Medical Tourism in Albania will provide you with the best doctors who specialize in nipple reduction surgery and with the newest technologies that will provide exceptional results.

Why Do People Have It?

People who choose to go through with nipple reduction surgery not only benefit physically but even mentally. It will take only 1 hour to improve this issue that is bothering you and the results are permanent. If your nipples are inverted or protruding and if you are suffering from any irregularities, this can be a great option for you. You might want to consider it if you feel self-conscious when you wear tight clothes or swimwear as it will help with your confidence leading to an improvement in your emotional well-being. 

Nipple reduction surgery consultation

Who Is Suitable?

A set of criteria must be met to be considered suitable for a nipple reduction procedure. At the Medical Tourism Clinic, we are looking for patients who know what they are looking for and have realistic expectations. They should be at their ideal weight and have optimal psychological and physical health. Furthermore, patients must seek to reduce or reshape their nipples or areola, restore proportion to their chest area, and require a long-lasting and effective solution as nipple reduction surgery can achieve all of this. 

Nipple Reduction In Women

Studies show that one in ten women suffer from conditions that are related to their nipples leading to low self-confidence. These conditions also called ‘Jogger’s Nipple’ can lead to enlarged or irregular nipples that may cause pain and discomfort. Usually, they are caused by major weight differences and in most cases after pregnancy and breastfeeding, when changes are more prone to happen. 

During pregnancy, the nipples stretch making them wider than before. Breastfeeding will also cause differences in your breast and areola and can leave you with an undesired look. Puberty or previous surgeries can also cause large or asymmetric nipples. The good thing is that nipple reduction surgery can fix all of these issues, and leave you with the desired result. 

Nipple reduction plastic surgery consultation

What To Expect

The consultation

If you have set your mind on nipple reduction surgery, the first step we highly recommend you take is to book a consultation with a specialized surgeon who has enough experience with this procedure. You will have the opportunity to discuss your expectations and goals you have for this surgery. Your doctor will take a close look and decide if you are a suitable candidate. He will make several recommendations and you will both choose what is the most effective approach to follow to fit your specific requirements. Photos will be taken to show you better what needs to be done and to compare it with the after pictures.

A couple of other things that the doctor will need to discuss with you are the potential side effects and what the recovery process entails. You will need to provide your doctor with your medical history to avoid any further complications. After the consultation, we recommend you take your time and consider every option you may have. You can contact your doctor if you have any further concerns as he will be pleased to answer them. Here at Medical Tourism in Albania, we prioritize our client’s safety and well-being, and we will only recommend what fits you best. 

Leading up to the procedure

If you have decided to go further with the surgery, the doctor will set a date for your procedure. There are some other recommendations he will give you to make the process easier and avoid complications. There are some minor habits you should consider stopping or avoiding, like smoking. It is advised you avoid it because it will slow down the recovery process and it will increase the possibility of complications. Another precaution you should consider is to stop taking any medication that contains aspirin. When the day comes you should not eat or drink anything except water, black coffee, or black tea, for at least 6 hours before the procedure. 

Nipple reduction plastic surgery in Albania

On The Day

After we set the date for your surgery, you should be at the clinic at least one hour before the procedure. When you drive, the first thing we do is check your blood pressure and any other important vitals to see if everything is normal. This is done to see if you are ready for the procedure to start. You still have time to ask any questions that you may have as you will be accompanied by your doctor and anesthetist. They will also make the final mark-ups on the area that will be treated. 

You will be awake during the procedure because local anesthesia will be used. Depending on the type of surgery you are having, the surgery can last one hour or more. The incisions and the techniques used will also vary from patient to patient. One sure thing is that you are in good hands with our specialized and highly skilled team which will provide exceptional outcomes and minimize any chance of potential risks.

Furthermore, refer to the FAQ section below for any other questions you may have. We understand that undergoing a procedure can be tough for some people, but our team will provide support to you every step of the way. Our priority is to offer you the best care and a very comfortable environment.

Recovery from nipple reduction surgery

Recovery After the Treatment

The procedure is entirely pain-free because you will be under the effect of local anesthesia. However, you should be aware that after the procedure some level of pain is available. If you are experiencing a lot of pain, the doctors will provide you with painkillers to make it bearable.

Depending on the complex level of your procedure, you will spend around two to three hours in one of our recovery rooms in our facility, where the doctors can check how your recovery is going. Once they are satisfied with how the recovery process is going you will be able to go home and rest on your bed. 

Once you go home, we make sure we leave you with the proper contact information if you feel the need to contact us. Another visit will be scheduled with the doctor one week after the procedure, for him to evaluate how the incisions are healing. If any possible treatments will help with the healing and scarring process, your doctor will discuss them with you. After six to eight weeks we recommend you schedule a final check-up with the doctor who did your procedure to make sure that everything is going the way it should. 

What Are The Different Nipple Surgeries And For What Conditions?

There are several conditions related to the nipple and areola that can be treated by nipple reduction surgery. The height and width of the nipple will be reduced without harming the sensation of it. Usually, the treatment can be carried out under local anesthesia, and as we said before the recovery process is relatively short and without pain. 

The extra brown area surrounding the nipple is eliminated using the quick and simple treatment known as an areola reduction. Smaller reductions create a faint scar around the nipple’s base, but bigger reductions may leave a scar along the areola’s outer border.

When the nipple inverts, it rests flat against the body rather than projecting as it would normally. This disorder may start at birth or appear later in life. Although different degrees of inverted nipples necessitate differing surgical complexity, treatment for this issue is often quick and simple. Each of these simple surgical procedures can be done with local anesthesia or as part of a more involved breast augmentation treatment.

Nipple reduction surgery patient


Are my nipple reduction results permanent?

You don’t have to worry about any possible changes in the future as the results of a nipple reduction procedure are permanent without needing any extra altering. 

Is nipple reduction painful?

Nipple reduction surgery is considered tolerable and manageable. Any potential discomfort caused after the procedure can be managed with painkiller medication that will be provided by the doctor.  

Is there any downtime after nipple reduction treatment?

We suggest you wear a protective dressing for about one week that will be provided by the doctor to protect the stitches, but they can be covered also with loose clothing. Usually, the stitches will be removed within 7-10 days. For now, avoid exercising, even walking slowly. However, if your discomfort is not severe enough you can work from home the next day. 

Resuming regular activities depends on how physically demanding it is and how far you have to go. If your profession requires a lot of physical labor, you might need to take longer than a week off for areola or nipple reduction/correction surgery. Avoid hard work, heavy lifting, and severe exercise for the first six weeks following surgery. You should be able to resume your regular schedule and exercise after around 4 weeks.

Will there be visible scarring after nipple reduction surgery?

As it may be effectively disguised on the bottom of the nipple where it meets the areola, scarring following surgery will be minimal and almost imperceptible.

The incisions will frequently blend in and look more natural when the nipple is a different color than the skin around it.

Will I be able to breastfeed after nipple reduction surgery?

Our expert surgeons prioritize maintaining the connection between breast tissue and skin to preserve the potential to breastfeed. Although we can’t guarantee this ability after surgery, it’s a primary goal of the surgical team. If you are currently breastfeeding and have recently given birth, your surgeon may ask you to wait 3 to 6 months before a nipple reduction to allow your breasts and nipples to settle before the procedure.

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Meet Jessica, the compassionate website publisher with a passion for medical tourism, medical procedures, plastic surgery, and uncovering the wonders of Albania. Through her informative and eloquent writing, she guides and empowers readers to make informed decisions about healthcare and explore the beauty of this enchanting country. Let Jessica be your trusted source for all things related to health, travel, and self-discovery.

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