How Can I Get Rid of My Puffy Nipples?

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When the nipples and areolas look raised and puffy, this can cause many men to feel self-conscious about their overall chest appearance. This fuller nipple aesthetic is typically caused by excess tissue underneath the areola, which ultimately requires surgery to treat. Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Neil J. Zemmel, is experienced with diagnosing male patients with gynecomastia, which can result from excess fat or breast tissue.

While everyone has tissue above their pectoral muscles (commonly referred to as the “pecs), sometimes this tissue isn’t evenly distributed and can lead to men having a more feminine breast appearance. In many cases, a healthy diet and strict exercise regimen is not enough to reduce the size of puffy nipples, as the tissue is localized in the area. As a result, men with this cosmetic concern may feel uncomfortable with their chest, trying not to draw attention to it.

Dr. Zemmel encourages men with a puffy nipple appearance to consult with a plastic surgeon to discuss whether they may have gynecomastia. Through a physical exam during the consultation process, the surgeon can recommend potential treatment options that can best address the cosmetic concern. Since gynecomastia can have such a negative effect on a man’s self-esteem, Dr. Zemmel says he sees many patients who choose to undergo male breast reduction to correct their enlarged chest or nipple appearance. Through this gynecomastia procedure, patients can improve their chest contours to achieve a more masculine shape, while reducing any areas that may be protruding in an undesirable way, such as the nipple-areola complex.

To learn more about gynecomastia and whether male breast reduction can help you treat a puffy nipple appearance, please contact our team at Richmond Aesthetic Surgery to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Neil Zemmel.