The nipples are an important part of the overall aesthetic of the breasts. While differences in nipple shape, size and projection are normal, and each woman’s appearance is unique and can be celebrated as such, many women with much larger nipples and wider areolas can feel embarrassed or self-conscious about their appearance. Women who are unhappy about the size and projection of their nipples, which can affect the appearance of the bust in form-fitting clothing or bathing suits, can benefit from nipple and areola reduction in Austin with our skilled surgeons.

What is nipple and areola reduction surgery?

Nipple and areola reduction surgery is a procedure performed to decrease nipple projection and reduce the size of the areola. This achieves a youthful, attractive nipple appearance that compliments the breasts and provides a comfortable fit in clothing.

What are the benefits of nipple and areola reduction? 

This procedure is short and can usually be done without the need for general anesthesia.  Many other benefits are achieved with nipple and areola reduction surgery, including the following:

  • Flatter, less puffy areolae
  • Smaller, rounder and more youthful-looking areolae
  • Symmetrical, balanced nipples and areolae
  • Shorter, more uplifted nipples (for long, drooping nipples)
  • Appealing, aesthetically-pleasing nipple shape and size
  • Short recovery time
  • A better appearance in clothing
  • Improved self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Rejuvenated nipples after breastfeeding or significant weight loss

Am I a candidate for nipple and areola reduction?

In general, candidates for nipple & areola reduction in Austin would like smaller, more symmetrical, and less protruding nipples and areolae. Ideal candidates for this procedure meet the following qualifications:

  • Are concerned there is too much nipple/areola volume and projection 
  • Are generally in good health
  • Do not smoke
  • Have realistic expectations about the procedure and results

What can I expect during the procedure? 

Nipple and areola reduction is a short procedure that is done under local anesthesia and can be completed in about an hour. General anesthesia may be used if preferred, but it is not generally necessary.

The nipple will be carefully reduced using either the wedge technique or the flap technique. The wedge technique removes a wedge-shaped piece from the nipple and attaches the sides together. The flap technique starts with an incision around the nipple to remove excess tissue. The flap created is then turned down to create a smaller nipple. 

For the areolae, two circular, concentric incisions are carefully made around the areola to create the desired size. The excess skin is removed, and a permanent suture is then used to close the incision with a specific technique that reduces the size.


After your procedure, you will experience some discomfort and numbness in the nipples. You will be given an antibiotic ointment to use, and the area will be bandaged. These bandages will need to be changed each day. 

There may be some bruising and swelling, which will resolve within 1-2 weeks. Patients can return to work as soon as they are comfortable, some returning the next day, and others requiring 2-3 days. 

Do not engage in any strenuous activities for the first three weeks, and protect the area from any possible trauma or injury.

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Is the recovery painful?

There will be some discomfort afterward, as there is will all surgeries, which can be easily managed with over-the-counter medications.

Can I drive to the surgical appointment?

We require a friend or family member to drive you to and from the surgery to ensure you have any help you might need.

When can I return to work?

Most patients return to work in 1-3 days, depending on the extent of their procedure and their comfort level.

What procedures can I combine with my nipple and areola reduction?

This procedure is often combined with a breast lift or breast augmentation, and combines easily with other procedures as well.

Will insurance pay for my nipple and areola reduction?

No, insurance does not cover cosmetic procedures such as nipple and areola reduction.

Providers who perform Nipple & Areola Reduction at Austin Face & Body

Dr. Chris Schneider

Dr. Chris Schneider is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, who also specializes in microsurgery. He is a native Texan who is proud to return home to the Lone Star State after nearly a decade of intense surgical training.

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Why choose Austin Face and Body for nipple & areola reduction?

Dr. Sean Paul founded Austin Face & Body with the vision of combining top practitioners, a technologically-advanced, welcoming environment, and personalized care and attention. Austin Face & Body delivers the very best and prides itself on world-class, modern techniques, and professional, compassionate and specialized care. We have earned a reputation as a top destination for excellence, integrity, and stunning results. Please call today for a consultation.

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