The term nipple augmentation is used to discuss any type of change to the nipple made through a surgical procedure, generally for cosmetic benefits. The most common form of augmentation is nipple enlargement. There are several surgical procedures that can accomplish these goals, including implants of fatty tissue in the region of the nipple. This creates an elongated appearance. Another option involves tissue grafting. In grafting procedures, the placement of skin and cartilage from one area of the body to another creates the enhancement. Another cosmetic procedure involves severing the milk ducts from the nipple, which allows the nipple to protrude outward more so.
- Non-surgical procedures for nipple augmentation include nipple pumps and clamps, which offer a temporary increase in the size of the nipple.
- There were 153,087 breast reduction procedures performed in the United States in women in 2007.