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Puffy Nipples


Puffy nipples, also known as cone nipples, refer to the presence of excess tissue behind the areola, which pushes out the nipple and areola away from the normal curvature of the breast. This condition can occur in both men and women and may affect one or both nipples.


Various factors can contribute to the development of puffy nipples, including natural breast development, genetics, hormonal imbalances from steroid use, certain drugs, or excess alcohol, breast implants that push out excess tissue, pregnancy, and hormonal fluctuations during the menstrual cycle. 

While puffy nipples are not considered dangerous, it is essential to seek medical attention if you experience sudden or unexplained puffiness, pain, or discomfort in the nipple area. 


To address puffy nipples, non-surgical approaches can be considered, depending on the underlying cause: 

  • Dietary adjustments, such as consuming more fruits, vegetables, and high-fibre foods while reducing processed foods and carbohydrates, may help reduce underlying body fat in the area. Certain supplements, like fish oil, ginger, turmeric, or vitamin D, may aid in reducing inflammation in the breast glands. 
  • Specific chest exercises can strengthen and tone the chest muscles, potentially reducing the appearance of puffy nipples.
  • Regulating hormonal imbalances can help control breast gland growth if hormones are contributing to the issue. 
  • Surgical removal of excess tissue behind the areola is another option to address puffy nipples. This procedure can be done under local anaesthetic and may be performed alone or in combination with other breast-related procedures. Scarring is minimal, as incisions are discreetly placed in the fold where the nipple tissue meets the areola. 

– Dr Ian Chinsee (MED0000975196) 
Registered Medical Practitioner, General Registration
Bachelor of Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
Surgical Fellow of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery & Medicine [FACCSM (surg)]
Surgical Fellow of American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (FAACS)