Breast reduction surgery is also called as reduction mammoplasty. This process is used to remove excess amount of fat, skin, and tissue from the breasts.

Breast reduction surgery is done for cosmetic and functional purposes. This means, it could be done to reduce the size of the breasts to achieve a size that goes along with your body. It helps women live their daily lives with confidence. It also gives them the ability to perform physical activities without any difficulty or medical problems.

Breast reduction can be performed for the following issues:

  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Rash under the breasts
  • Poor confidence due to large breasts
  • Difficulty fitting into normal clothing


As a part of the discussion, we did understand what breast reduction is, but we do need to know what happens to the nipples post-surgery.

Breast after surgery

  1. The current nipple shape and location are discussed with the surgeon before surgery.
  2. When the optimal breast size is set, your surgeon will ask you about preferences based on nipple location and position.
  3. During the surgical procedure, the nipples are re-shaped. They made smaller to produce a rounded appearance.
  4. The nipples are positioned on the new breast moulds whilst the breast reduction procedure is taking place.
  5. Once positioned, the nipples are sutured that fade into the outer side or ridge of the nipple.

The main goal of nipple surgery is repositioning the nipples during breast reduction. This is to get a normal appearance rather than a sagging one.

Breast reduction surgery tends to reduce the breasts in volume through invasive surgery or via liposuction if required for certain patients. During the procedure, the breasts are uplifted and the nipples are shaped and positioned to a higher position and toward your chest, instead of pointing downwards.

For certain patients, a change in the color of the nipples is observed. This is mainly observed for invasive procedures. Your surgeon can suggest other non-invasive procedures. These are for reshaping your breasts through the breast reduction procedure.

The benefits of nipple reshaping are as follows:

Both these procedures provide an aesthetic and proportionate appearance for your breasts instead of sagging, drooping, or flopping.

Breasts can lose their shape due to breast feeding and pregnancy. Through surgery, nipples can be made smaller and rounder.

What is meant by Breast Ptosis?

  1. It is a benign condition that requires surgical treatment. It can lead to skin infections, shoulder pain, and cause discomfort on the skin as well.
  2. Surgeons estimate the amount of breast Ptosis to determine the complexity of the procedure.
  3. For most of the cases, the breast reduction procedure includes Breast Lift Surgery and Nipple Reshaping as well.

How is Nipple Surgery Performed?

  1. The nipple is surgically relocated during the breast reduction procedure by making incisions around the areolar complex, so that the nipples receive a rounded or symmetrical shape.
  2. Care needs to be taken to keep the cosmetic and functional part of the nipples perfect.
  3. Women can breast feed after surgery. But care needs to be taken for a few weeks after surgery. This is because as the sutures need to dissolve and fade into the outer ridge of the nipple.


Would nipple surgery or breast reduction have any effect on breast feeding?

There are risks of the nipple function being reduced after surgery. A skilled surgeon can reduce the impact of the surgery through minimal changes.

Final Thoughts

For a successful breast surgery, it is always good to communicate well with your surgeon. And, expect realistic outcomes, rather than unrealistic ones. It is always good to let your surgeon know about your breast and nipple preferences. This is to garner positive results that you’re contended with. It’s time to stop hiding behind the curtain, and live with confidence with breasts you love.

What happens to your nipples during Breast Surgery?
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What happens to your nipples during Breast Surgery?
Breast reduction surgery is also called as reduction mammoplasty. This process is used to remove excess amount of fat, skin, and tissue from the breasts.
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Dr. Sandeep Bhasin

Dr. Sandeep Bhasin

Dr. Sandeep Bhasin, M.S. in the year 2000 and he is an award winning and renowned senior Laparoscopic and cosmetic surgeon in Delhi. Dr. Sandeep Bhasin is Known for his expertise in Cosmetic and reconstructive surgery and over the years he has distinguished himself among his peers with his outstanding surgical skills and innovation.

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