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The nipple-areolar complex is the pigmented area of the breast that includes the nipple. The size and shape of the nipple-areolar complex can vary, although larger breasts often have comparatively larger nipple-areolar complexes. Therefore, a woman who receives a breast reduction will likely want the nipples and surrounding pigmented area to become smaller for a proportional and aesthetically-appealing result. Dr. Charles Perry, our extensively trained plastic surgeon, takes into consideration this cosmetic concern when developing a breast reduction program. The nipple-areolar complex can be resized and reshaped to suit the preferences and modified breast size of the patient. As a general frame of reference, a woman who has never given birth (nulliparous) commonly has nipples between 38-42 mm in diameter, although each person’s anatomy is unique.

In some cases, women may wish to have a nipple areolar reduction, as it is often called, even if they wish to keep their breasts the same size. For each person, there’s a “Goldilocks” nipple-areolar complex size—one that is not too big or too small, but just right. During your initial consultation, Dr. Perry will listen attentively to your concerns and desired outcome to create a customized treatment plan that can best deliver on those goals. And on occasion an exclusive nipple reduction can be requested for long nipples that are difficult to hide under clothing and cause unwanted attention.

Learn more about how breast reduction surgery can change your appearance and improve your life by scheduling a consultation. Dr. Perry will provide personalized recommendations based on your needs.

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