What Does Nipple Reduction Cost?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I was just wondering how much the nipple reduction procedure costs. I have protruding nipples that seem “puffy”. I would love to have them lay flat so that I can quit wearing undershirts and join in on summer activities such as swimming. Please let me know.

A: Thank you for your inquiry. There is a difference between protruding nipples and a puffy areola. While sitting right next to each other, they can be very different and require different approaches to treating. One is a simple office procedure to reduce the length of the nipple. (protruding/raised/long nipple) When men use the term ‘puffy nipple’, they are usually referring to the whole nipple-areolar complex that sticks out which is really a very mild form of gynecomastia. That is treated quite differently by excision of the excessive gland tissue under the nipple through a small procedure done in the operating room. A protruding nipple reduction has no recovery at all while the areolar gynecomastia problem requires several weeks of avoiding strenuous activities such as exercise of swimming.

As you can see, I need a clear idea as to exactly what you are referring to. Sending a picture would be very helpful in making that important distinction between the two conditions.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana