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Puffy Nipples on Men

Written by Dr. Babak Dadvand

Puffy nipples are a common form of gynecomastia that causes an abnormal enlargement of the nipples and/or areolas, which is the darker skin around the nipples. Also known as puffy nipple-areola complex or puffy nipple syndrome, this condition can affect a man’s confidence and lead to feelings of shame and embarrassment.

Dr. Dadvand, a double board-certified plastic surgeon, understands the negative impact that puffy nipples can have on men in LA. To learn more about Dr. Dadvand’s work and how he can help reduce the appearance of enlarged or puffy nipples for men in Los Angeles, contact his clinic and book an appointment today.

What Causes Puffy Nipples in Men?

There are three types of normal tissue present in human breasts – glandular or breast tissue, adipose (fatty) tissue, and connective tissue. Puffy nipples are usually caused by the presence of a higher than normal amount of glandular tissue or adipose tissue underneath the areola. This results in an abnormal protrusion of the nipples and/or dome-shaped areolas.

Like other forms of gynecomastia, puffy nipple syndrome can be caused by a variety of factors.
For instance, high estrogen levels, intake of anabolic steroids, and childhood fat deposits can all cause this condition.

In some cases, however, the cause of puffy nipples remains unknown. Puffy nipple-areola complex is most often seen in men undergoing puberty and in young adults. While the condition may improve over time, it can take years for it to resolve completely, leading many men to seek surgery to correct their puffy nipples.

Surgery to Correct Puffy Nipples

The only way to correct puffy nipples is through gynecomastia surgery, which should always be performed by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is highly experienced in performing male breast reduction surgery. When Dr. Dadvand consults with men who suffer from puffy nipples, he first determines which type of tissue is causing the issue.

If adipose tissue is the main cause, he may use liposuction to create a more natural contour. If firm glandular tissue is present, then tissue excision can be performed to sculpt a more masculine contour. In some cases, Dr. Dadvand uses both techniques to achieve the best results.

Temporary Side-Effects and Potential Risks of Puffy Nipple Reduction Surgery

Puffy nipples are relatively common among male patients, but there are some temporary side-effects and risks associated with corrective surgery. These include:

  • Soreness and inflammation during the recovery period
  • Small possibility of infection
  • Areola asymmetry
  • Visible scarring

Working with a Puffy Nipple Surgeon in Los Angeles

Patients that have abnormally-shaped areolas and puffy nipples may be good candidates for gynecomastia surgery. Before deciding whether the surgery is a good alternative, Dr. Dadvand may suggest certain changes to your diet and other areas, which may improve the appearance of puffy nipples without surgery. For example, obese patients may benefit from a weight loss program as excessive weight can cause hormonal imbalances, which may be responsible for the puffy nipple-areola complex.

Dr. Dadvand is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in gynecomastia surgery. He leverages his extensive experience and training to help men with puffy nipple syndrome regain their confidence through gynecomastia surgery. If you are unhappy with your appearance due to puffy nipples, we encourage you to contact our Los Angeles office to schedule your initial consultation.


Is there a way to reduce nipple size?
Nipple size and puffiness can be reduced through different methods, some of which include dietary adjustments and other lifestyle changes. When non-surgical approaches fail to produce the results you’re looking for, gynecomastia surgery may be a good alternative to improve nipple size.

Why do men’s nipples get bigger?
Nipple enlargement can be produced by gynecomastia, which in turn can be caused by a variety of factors. These include elevated estrogen, dietary habits, and drug intake. Enlarged nipples can usually be treated via gynecomastia surgery, so Dr. Dadvand evaluates each case in order to find the best alternative.

Why is my areola so big?
Some men experience areola enlargement due to gynecomastia, which is a condition that causes the male chest area to look more feminine. This condition may be addressed by repairing the areola and eliminating nipple puffiness at the same time.

Why do men’s nipples get sore?
Despite the fact that gynecomastia is not associated with other conditions, it can produce pain and discomfort in rare cases. If you are experiencing signs of gynecomastia including pain and discomfort in the nipple and areola areas, contact a double board-certified physician and schedule a consultation to get the condition properly diagnosed.

How big should male nipples be?
All patients are different, so the ideal size and position of the nipples will depend on each individual. With this in mind, the nipples should be symmetrical in their location and the average male areola is between 2.8cm and 2.5cm in diameter. Dr. Dadvand listens to each patient’s aesthetic goals in order to produce the right results and set accurate expectations.

Last modified on 26.12.2019

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