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In breast reduction do they make your nipples smaller so they are in proportion, also can you still breast feed?

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In brief: Breast reduction

Reductions will reposition the nipple arreolar complex and the arreola which is the outer colored portion around the true nipple can be reduced in size.
This surgery can affect nursing so discuss with the plastic surgeon. We usually tell patients to wait until after childbearing is completed.

In brief: Breast reduction

Reductions will reposition the nipple arreolar complex and the arreola which is the outer colored portion around the true nipple can be reduced in size.
This surgery can affect nursing so discuss with the plastic surgeon. We usually tell patients to wait until after childbearing is completed.
Dr. Kathryn Wagner
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Dr. Jeremy White
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes & possibly

Nipples are often reduced and lifted.
A recent study showed no difference in breastfeeding ability after breast reduction compared to women without surgery during the 1st month postpartum. Difficulties related to breastfeeding appear to be mostly explained by psychosocial issues related to advice and coaching received by healthcare workers during breastfeeding and other personal consideration.

In brief: Yes & possibly

Nipples are often reduced and lifted.
A recent study showed no difference in breastfeeding ability after breast reduction compared to women without surgery during the 1st month postpartum. Difficulties related to breastfeeding appear to be mostly explained by psychosocial issues related to advice and coaching received by healthcare workers during breastfeeding and other personal consideration.
Dr. Jeremy White
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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Not really

You can still breast feed.
Typically unless abnormally large, they lift the areole and nipple but do not make them smaller.

In brief: Not really

You can still breast feed.
Typically unless abnormally large, they lift the areole and nipple but do not make them smaller.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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Dr. Khashayar Mohebali
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Your choice

Yes, usually during a breast reduction surgery, the nipple areola skin is made smaller. That is the pigmented skin around your nipple.
However, usually the actually nipple is not reduced. A nipple reduction can be performed as a separate procedure. Also, the rates of breast feeding usually does not change after breast reduction surgery.

In brief: Your choice

Yes, usually during a breast reduction surgery, the nipple areola skin is made smaller. That is the pigmented skin around your nipple.
However, usually the actually nipple is not reduced. A nipple reduction can be performed as a separate procedure. Also, the rates of breast feeding usually does not change after breast reduction surgery.
Dr. Khashayar Mohebali
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Breast Reduction

During breast reduction surgery the nipple areola complex will be reduced to an appropriate size.
Breast feeding in the future may be affected.

In brief: Breast Reduction

During breast reduction surgery the nipple areola complex will be reduced to an appropriate size.
Breast feeding in the future may be affected.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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