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Body Treatment

Male Nipple Reduction Surgery


The size and appearance of a man's chest can significantly impact one's self-confidence and self-image. When it comes to aesthetics, the focus is not just on the well-defined chest shape but also on the male nipple.

Despite being typically smaller than its female counterpart, A man's nipple can present various aesthetic concerns related to male nipple aesthetics, which may cause discomfort and embarrassment.

Anatomical characteristics of enlarged Male Nipple

Male Nipple

A normal male nipple exhibits minimal projection and has a narrow width in the surrounding areola.

Male nipple protrusion, also known as overly projecting nipple is an aesthetic concern for men and often cause them embarrassment, as they:

  • feature a centrally elevated nipple and a surrounding areola
  • closely resemble those of a female

The most common complaint from men is that the nipple sticks out and is visible when they wear shirts.

It is possible to reduce the size of the nipples and make them smaller and less conspicuous through nipple reduction surgery.


Male Nipple surgery

A nipple reduction efficiently and effectively addresses protruding male nipples.

Carried out under local anaesthesia with the patient in a relaxed and asleep state, the procedure involves a vertical excision at the nipple’s base (that resembles nipplelectomy).

The procedure may take an hour or so.

Puffy nipples

Puffy nipples, on the other hand, affects the entire nipple-areolar complex and is a different form of nipple protrusion. It is a result of breast tissue pushing outwards and is referred to as areola gynecomastia.  

This medical condition involves a minor enlargement of male breast tissue, thus, causing a noticeable nipple projection.  In such cases, gynecomastia surgery would effectively and safely address the issues.


Finding an experienced doctor is vital for optimal results. Ideally, the doctor should have many years of experience performing body sculpting procedures, particularly involving the male chest. A doctor, as such, would know how much excess tissue to remove to achieve desired results that are pleasing to the eye.

When you visit Dr Ivan Puah for a consultation, he will evaluate your clinical condition, show you the cases he has performed, and discuss the most appropriate surgical approach for your condition.

Dr Ivan Puah

Dr Ivan Puah is proficient in performing gynecomastia surgery, chest, abdominal and waist liposuction and liposuction surgery for men.

Dr Ivan Puah is an accredited liposuction doctor and Chairman of Lipo Peer Review Committee in Singapore in Singapore with nearly two decades of surgical body contouring experience.

He has completed fundamental and advanced Vaser Liposuction body sculpting surgical training under Dr John Milard and Dr Alfredo Hoyos in Argentina and Colorado. Dr Puah is also trained in laserlipolysis (laser liposuction) in Italy and has received dedicated gynecomastia surgery training in San Francisco.

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Recovering from male nipple reduction

You can expect some  tenderness around the treated area, but these will gradually subside. Do follow the required post-op instructions as dispensed by the doctor.

Suitable candidates for male nipple reduction surgery

Men with protruding nipples are the ideal candidates. They tend to feel uncomfortable wearing tight-fitting white or light-coloured shirts. They also feel self-conscious when they bare their chest for “shirt-off” activities.

How long do I have to be off work?

You can return to work in 1 to 2 days after nipple reduction surgery.


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