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Dr. Placik |Nipple Reduction Chicago

In terms of cosmetics and function, nipples are potentially the most important part of the breast. For both men and women, prominent nipples can lead to self-consciousness and reluctance to let people see you unclothed. Fortunately, surgical correction can help make the nipples and areolae more aesthetically pleasing, restoring confidence and self-assurance that can significantly increase your quality of life.

Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon serving Chicago and the surrounding area. A specialist nipple repair, Dr. Placik also offers a number of cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery procedures for women, as well as male breast reduction for men with gynecomastia.

Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on nipple reduction surgery for prominent nipples, including prices.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in Chicago

Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.


About Nipple Reduction Surgery

The prominence of the nipples is related to many important factors, including:

  • Heredity — If your family has a history of large, puffy nipples, you are likely to have them as well.
  • Hormonal imbalance — Sex hormones, especially estrogen, have a significant effect on the development and condition of breast tissue, including the nipples.
  • Breastfeeding — In some women, the size and shape of nipples and areolae can change permanently following pregnancy and nursing.
  • Changes over time — Nipple appearance is not necessarily constant throughout your lifetime. Men or women who experience a dramatic change in the prominence of the nipples can feel especially sensitive about their appearance. There are many variations of nipple prominence, including inverted nipples, puffiness of the nipples, enlarged areolae or even multiple nipples.

Overly prominent nipples and areolae can be corrected surgically. Sometimes, if nipple prominence is the result of surplus fatty tissue, Dr. Placik may use liposuction to reduce puffiness. In men, this may require gynecomastia surgery. Some women complain about the size of the areola which may be reduced in diameter using a circumareolar (donut) approach. In other cases, the nipple itself will be modified. Nipple reduction can be performed simultaneously with a breast augmentation, breast reduction or breast lift, or as part of surgery to correct breast asymmetry or tuberous breasts.

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Nipple Reduction FAQ

Am I a candidate for plastic surgery to reduce my nipple size?

If your nipples lead to enough embarrassment to interfere with your sexual relationships, then you may be a candidate for a cosmetic solution to address your nipple prominence. Either men or women who are in good general physical and mental health may be candidates for nipple reduction surgery.

Can nipple appearance change over time?

Yes. In fact, most people will experience a change in they way their nipples look over their lifetime, either as a result of hormone levels, weight fluctuation or other physical changes. The changes in nipple size, shape or color can detract from your overall breast appearance, or the aesthetics of the male chest.

Why have my nipples not returned to their previous appearance since breastfeeding?

While many women are fortunate enough to have their nipple appearance return to normal after breastfeeding, occasionally nipple shape irrevocably changes before or after weaning. This is due to damage or scarring of the milk ducts during breastfeeding.

What surgical solutions are available to change nipple shape?

Surgical options for nipple reduction typically include the removal of excess nipple tissue. However, nipples can also be reduced during breast augmentation, breast reduction or a breast lift. For men, nipple reduction can be included as part of treatment for gynecomastia, or enlarged male breasts.

How much does nipple reduction surgery cost?

The price of correcting overly prominent nipples will vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the level of correction that Dr. Placik recommends and whether the reduction is being performed in combination with another breast enhancement surgery. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with cosmetic surgery financing to make your procedure

What are the risks?

The risks associated with nipple reduction are typically minor, and include asymmetry, infection and not being able to breastfeed. Although in most patients, nipple sensation can be preserved, loss of sensitivity is a less rare but possible complication.

Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about nipple reduction surgery, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19 View Update Virtual Consultation


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

Updated March 24th, 2020

With businesses all around us closing by either mandate or voluntarily you may be wondering how long we will continue to operate, or even why we are still open at this point.

After serious consideration and in line with the recommendations of our State and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), we are limiting the practice until April 7th.

We are diligently monitoring conditions and recommendations from professional organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and understand that the situation is ever-changing and may alter our plans at any point in the future

As physicians, we are cognizant of protecting our own patient population most at risk and the need to conserve our own limited resources. Actions have already been taken to postpone or cancel appointments and surgeries for patients who are best served staying home to limit potential exposure. We have also canceled or rescheduled appointments for services that are not immediately necessary in many cases.

Effective immediately the following will occur:

  • All procedures and in-person consultations will be limited until April 7th. This may be revised in the following week.
  • The office will be (not fully) staffed, and we will see our urgent post-surgical follow-ups.
  • We are instituting Virtual Consultations for all potential patients.
  • Many surgeries are rescheduled and some of the ones that are committed will occur on a per case basis.
  • No patient will ever have any financial recourse for our fees for rescheduling their procedures.

We are constantly updating our services and staffing according to the local and national recommendations and will always place your health and well-being as our top priority.

We continue to exercise all the latest recommendations that are handed down by the CDC. These include:

Staff have been fully informed and trained to understand the disease process and its modes of transmission.

  • All staff, vendors and ancillary personnel are being asked to refrain from coming to this office if they have any signs or symptoms of a cold or an upper respiratory tract infection.
  • Every patient is also being asked to refrain from coming to the office if they have any symptoms.
  • We are asking our patients about any pertinent travel history.
  • Hand-washing continues to be the most important mode of prevention. Although it is a part of what we constantly do, now we are doing so with heightened vigilance and attention.
  • We have instituted a “no handshakes no hug” policy for now.
  • We have asked all vendors that any unnecessary meetings are canceled until further notice.
  • Any exit and entrance from our office are followed by a protocol of changing shoes, scrubs and sanitization.
  • As we are an (NO accredited) medical facility, we are constantly sanitizing all surfaces. We have now vamped that up and our routine, multiple times a day, wiping down all surfaces, desks, door handles, keyboards and restroom facilities. (We have assigned a person that does so on a constant basis.)

As previous communications have shared, procedures and protocols have been put in place (and continue to evolve) to protect our employees in the workplace. However, no one can guarantee the absolute protection from infection or potential exposure despite recommended precautions being taken.

The virus can be transmitted before an infected person starts exhibiting symptoms. It is possible for a person to be infected and also not experience symptoms. We are doing everything possible to prevent people exposed or exhibiting symptoms from access to our facilities. Even with all of our precautions, exposure to patients with the COVID-19 virus can happen. When we become aware of any potential exposure, our response is immediate and actions are taken to protect everyone directly involved.

Experts are predicting that 40% of the Chicagoland population will be infected within the next month. Current information demonstrates that for 97% of the people infected the symptoms will be mild or flu-like. 3-5% of patients will require hospital care, and the mortality rate is less than 2%.

Risk of exposure will occur at every touchpoint of our daily lives outside of our home-- including gas stations, grocery stores, and medical facilities.

Although Covid-19 is a serious issue, we strongly believe that it will pass and hopefully make our infrastructure and our ability to deal with pandemics in this Country even better than it currently is. We are monitoring this situation on a real-time basis and will not sit back until we know that we have done everything possible to avoid unnecessary exposure.

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