Nipple Reduction FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions About Nipple Reduction

What is nipple reduction surgery?

Nipple reduction surgery reduces the projection (sticking out) of the nipple. The procedure can also decrease the circumference of the nipple as well.

Nipple reductions are usually performed in conjunction with breast augmentation or breast lift, but it can be performed alone.

What happens at my initial consultation?

At your first appointment with Dr. Ortiz, you will discuss your case and whether you will be adding it to another procedure.

How many post-op appointments will I have?

You will have a minimum of 3 appointments with Dr. Ortiz after your nipple reduction: one appointment a week after the surgery, one appointment at 2 months post-surgery, and the final appointment at 6 months after surgery. If you need to see Dr. Ortiz at any time between these appointments, please call us.

What are your payment terms?

We require a payment of 25% of the total cost up front to secure your surgery date. The remaining balance must be paid in full no later than two weeks before the surgery takes place. While most cosmetic surgeries are not covered by insurance, we offer a cash discount and accept Care Credit and all major credit cards.

What are the nipple reduction techniques?

There are two techniques used in nipple reductions: the wedge technique and the flap technique. The wedge involves cutting a wedge-shaped piece out of the nipple and attaching the sides together. The flap technique involves making an incision around the base of the nipple at the desired projection level, leaving a small portion attached. The excess tissue is removed and the flap is turned down to create a smaller nipple.


The technique that Dr. Ortiz uses for your procedure will depend on your anatomy. You will discuss the techniques and which one is right for you during your initial consultation.

How much does nipple reduction cost?

The cost of nipple reduction with North Raleigh Plastic Surgery is $2,785.

Am I a good candidate for nipple reduction?

Nipple reduction surgery is fairly straightforward but patients should be healthy with no health concerns. Patients with nipple piercings should know that those piercings may have to be redone after they have healed from the reduction.

Will this procedure impact my ability to breastfeed in the future?

Nipple reduction rarely impacts a woman’s ability to breastfeed. If this is a concern for you, we encourage you to discuss it with Dr. Ortiz at your consultation.

How long does nipple reduction take?

The procedure takes roughly half an hour. You can expect to be at North Raleigh Plastic Surgery for an hour and a half to two hours on the day of your procedure.

What is the recovery process like?

Recovery for a nipple reduction means limited activity for approximately one month post-surgery. There are no compression garments and you should not need to take significant time off of work to recover. Piercings can be redone at three months post-op.

What kind of anesthesia is used?

We use local anesthetic for nipple reduction surgery. You will not be put under for the procedure.

What kind of scars will I have?

The scars from nipple reduction surgery are among the least visible plastic surgery scars. They are extremely inconspicuous.

Is there a risk of complication with nipple reduction surgery?

The main complications with nipple reduction is Infection and disruption of suture line. These are uncommon and can be prevented with proper aftercare. Blocked ducts are a very rare complication that requires the incision to be reopened so the ducts can be cleared.

Contact North Raleigh Plastic Surgery to Schedule Your Nipple Reduction Consultation Today!