WHAT IS NIPPLE REDUCTION?
Nipple reduction is the surgical procedure to reduce the height and/or diameter of the nipple. By performing this relatively simple procedure under local anesthesia, a woman can achieve a more uniform, symmetric as well as aesthetically enhanced breast and nipple appearance.
WHAT DOES NIPPLE REDUCTION SURGERY ENTAIL?
Nipple reduction surgery can be done under local anesthesia. It usually takes anywhere between 30 minutes to one hour.
This procedure is usually performed under local anesthesia and is performed in an outpatient setting.
WHAT IS THE POST-OPERATIVE ADVICE AND CARE AFTER NIPPLE REDUCTION SURGERY?
– Day Surgery
Most patients after nipple reduction surgery will be released (depending on your medical condition and health state) home to continue their recovery.
Dr. Sinno and his team will apply a special dressing and initial bandages that should be kept dry and clean for the first week. At that point, the bandages will be removed and your post-operative state will be evaluated.
Wearing bras should be avoided until the first bandages are removed.
– Showers and Washing
The bandages usually are removed within a week after surgery. Dr. Sinno recommends that all bandages should remain dry and clean after your surgery until your first follow-up appointment. Showers should be avoided until authorized by Dr. Sinno. This is usually done after all of the bandages are removed at the first post-operative visit. Until then, sponge baths are recommended.
White non-scented shampoo and soap are recommended to be used along with running water on the incisions after the bandages are removed and when given medical authorization to do so.
– Activity and Exercise
You will be advised to refrain from moving your arms above your shoulders, immediately following your breast procedure. This is usually advised for a two-week period.
Dr. Sinno recommends that patients refrain from all activities that may increase their heart rate or blood pressure including exercise, sexual activity, stressful situations, etc. in the first week after surgery.
However, it is recommended that patients walk and perform their usual activities, within the limitation of the medical advice given and their tolerance to their comfort. No lifting more than 10 lbs. (4 kg) is recommended for at least two weeks after the surgery.
Sleeping on your stomach should be avoided for at least two weeks after surgery.
It is recommended that patients not drive when taking narcotic pain medications and when having bulky dressings that may hinder their normal reflexes and reactivity.
– General Healing
You may experience some swelling and bruising that will peak two to three days after your surgery, and usually subsides within two to six weeks. Post-operative swelling, pain, bruising and duration may differ, depending on the patient and the extent of the augmentation.
You will be expected to be able to see visible aesthetic improvements in your breasts immediately following your breast surgery. These results should continue to progress over the following weeks, as the incision site heals and the swelling decreases. Swelling can take six weeks to subside. Dr. Sinno advises his patients that final results should be expected at the one year point post-operative period when all scars and incisions should be mature.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND POTENTIAL COMPLICATIONS AFTER NIPPLE REDUCTION SURGERY?
All medical and surgical procedures have inherent risks and potential complications associated with them. It is imperative that you understand the potential risks, complications and consequences that can arise after the medical or surgical procedure you undertake. This understanding will better allow you to provide informed consent based on the comparison to the potential benefit of the desired procedure.
Although the materialization of inherent risks is rare and developing complications is unlikely, these are real events that can occur. Dr. Sinno will help you to understand the risk/benefit profile of your desired procedure.
HOW MUCH DOES A NIPPLE REDUCTION SURGERY COST?
The average cost of a nipple reduction procedure is $2,900 plus applicable taxes.