Nipple Reduction Surgery Offers Added Benefits for Breast Enhancement Patients

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Nipple reduction surgery is getting new attention and rapidly drawing interest as an add-on procedure for breast augmentation patients to create a more attractive appearance. The surgeons at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates explain why.

Nipple reduction surgery is a common part of breast reduction procedures, but recently a wide range of nipple surgery techniques have been gaining fresh interest with Los Angeles area women who want to improve the appearance of their nipples through standalone procedures or in conjunction with breast augmentation. Dr. Grant Stevens and Dr. David Stoker, board-certified plastic surgeons at Marina Plastic Surgery Associates (, say better access to information about nipple surgery options is prompting a surge of interest among women who want to correct nipple problems as they augment their breasts.

"Lately I've been getting many more questions about what can be done to create more attractive nipples," notes Dr. Stevens. "Nipple surgery can make a big difference in breast aesthetics. Traditionally, it was common to reduce and reshape the nipples as part of breast reduction procedures, but now we're seeing more and more breast augmentation and breast lift patients who are interested in nipple correction."

Nipple correction may address problems such as overextended nipples, inverted nipples, or enlarged or "puffy" areolas that can create problems with breast feeding and cause physical discomfort. While overextended nipples are more typical of large-breasted women, nipple problems are common for women of any breast size, and more women are realizing they are not alone when it comes to nipple concerns.

"Many women have functional or aesthetic concerns with their nipples, but today more of them are getting help through surgery," explains Dr. Stoker. "More patients are taking the initiative to learn about nipple enhancements, and when they find out the benefits, they get excited about making a change they've been wanting, often for years."

A large part of the rising interest in nipple surgery options has to do with greater availability of online information about nipple problems and repair, through resources like the practice's "Choose the Perfect Nipple" tool at the Marina Plastic Surgery nipple repair site. This online tool allows women to compare various areola and nipple sizes.

"The 'perfect' nipple means something different for every woman, and breast aesthetics are obviously a highly personal decision," explains Dr. Stevens. "Online resources like this one help patients to understand their options and goals from the comfort and privacy of their own home, before they even step into the office."

While combined procedures are the biggest draw for most women, standalone nipple reduction surgery is also quickly gaining popularity as an easy way to improve aesthetics without significant downtime.

"Overall, women today feel more comfortable with their options, whether they're looking into combined procedures or nipple surgery by itself," adds Dr. Stoker.

At Marina Plastic Surgery Associates (, board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Grant Stevens and Dr. David Stoker specialize in plastic surgery procedures including breast augmentation, nipple surgery, liposuction, and abdominoplasty. After earning his medical degree with honors from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis, Dr. Stevens trained extensively in both general and plastic surgery before establishing his successful Los Angeles plastic surgery practice. Dr. Stoker earned his medical doctorate from Stanford University, and completed plastic surgery training through multiple residencies and fellowships. Dr. Stoker and Dr. Stevens have both published extensively in clinical research publications showcasing some of the latest developments in plastic surgery procedures, and have gained recognition as pioneers in new techniques for procedures including liposuction and breast reduction.

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