Patients occasionally come in asking about nipple reduction. There is frequently confusion regarding what is to be reduced.
The nipple is the protruding central part of the breast (usually.) It is adjacent to the pigmented surrounding area, the areola. Sometimes the nipple protrudes too much or the areola seems too wide. A nipple reduction is technically the reduction of the central nipple. The areola can also be reduced and this is sometimes done at the time of a breast lift or reduction. Nipple reduction can result in some numbness, but can frequently be done as a small scale procedure under local.