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How is a nipple reduction done?
There are multiple techniques described to reduce the length and diameters of the nipples. In general, a portion of nipple skin is removed while the deeper structures (milk ducts, nerves, etc) are left intact.
How common is the nipple reduction procedure?
Nipple (as opposed to areola) reduction is fairly rare. Some women are unhappy with the length or diameters of their nipples. If this is a problem, the nipple size/ length can be reduced surgically.
Are there guidelines as to what size the nipples should be before being considered for nipple reduction?
There are no set guidelines, however, most surgeons would not recommend nipple reduction unless they are particularly large, tender, or cause problems with wearing certain clothes.
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