Puffy Nipples: Info On The Condition That Can Be Changed!

Puffy Nipples

Even if they can be uncomfortable, puffy nipples in men rarely indicate a medical emergency. Puffy nipples in men are caused by:

  • weight gain or excess body fat
  • lack of a good diet
  • exercise-related changes
  • hormonal imbalances
  • steroid use
  • gynecomastia

Puffy Nipples: What Is It And How To Remove It: 

In most cases, making dietary changes and working out will help but if you still have puffy nipples, it could be the result of a condition called gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is a benign growth of the male breast glandular tissue. According to one study, approximately 30% of males will have some form of gynecomastia at some point in their life. However, if making these changes do not help, surgery may be necessary to reduce swelling and return the nipples to their previous state.

Ways To Get Rid Of Puffy Nipples: 


One of the easiest ways to reduce puffy nipples is to workout daily. Doing cardio and lifting weights will help to tighten your body, reduce sagging and tone your pectoral and chest muscles.

Popular options to get yourself into shape include:

  • overhead presses
  • bent-forward cable crossovers
  • pushups (regular, suspended, and diamond)
  • bodyweight flies
  • low cable flies
  • incline, decline, and barbell bench presses
  • incline bench cable flies

Whenever you watch a workout video of Youtube or meet with a trainer, ensure at least one or two of these specific exercises are done. After a week, you can shift to another set (like doing all the 3 types of flies). As you can see, this is how to customize a workout that helps you.

You can perform exercises with fewer sets and more repetitions, or vice versa. After a week and you’re familiar with a workout plan, aim to do one 20-minute chest workout two to three times a week. 

  • You can gradually increase the frequency and duration as you build up your strength.
  • Be sure to rest one day each week. 
  • Shift back and forth with different chest exercises into your plan so you’re working slightly different muscles. 
  • Remember not to only do chest exercises and to inculcate some type of full-body cardio so you can get a full workout.
  • You can also build up your chest muscles by doing a full-body exercise like rowing or swimming for at least 15 minutes. 

Dietary changes:

There was a time when myself and a friend were drinking soy chocolate milk to reduce weight and snack on at work! Within a week my friend said that he would stick to regular milk as he found out that soy increases estrogen in the body and didn’t want to risk getting puffy nipples. 

Yes, puffy nipples are the result of too much estrogen! You may be able to correct this by making a few dietary changes. Excess fat also causes puffy nipples so mindful eating is important to help you get fit and stay in shape.

Here how: 

  • increase your intake of fruits and vegetables
  • eliminate heavily processed foods
  • shift from fried food to baked or grilled or roasted food. 
  • avoid soy products and grains
  • if hormone levels may be to blame, you should eat a diet rich in testosterone and low in estrogen.

In ordinary cases, cutting down on fats and estrogen helps but sometimes you may need to add these testosterone-rich foods to your diet:

  • garlic
  • ginger
  • tuna
  • low-fat milk
  • egg yolks
  • beans
  • blueberries
  • oysters
  • shellfish
  • beef
  • cruciferous vegetables
  • macadamia nuts

Herbal supplements:

Herbal supplements may also help reduce puffy nipples. Some supplements are thought to work by boosting testosterone levels which includes:

  • tribulus terrestris
  • fenugreek
  • ginger
  • Ashwagandha

Fair warning: although some evidence suggests that these herbs can boost testosterone in men with underlying conditions like erectile dysfunction, more research is needed. To date, there are no scientific studies connecting herbal supplements with decreased nipple puffiness. On the other hand, anecdotal reports suggest that these herbs below may help treat puffy nipples:

  • turmeric
  • dandelion
  • milk thistle
  • passionflower
  • red clover
  • devil’s claw

Some supplements (depending on your body and the manufacturer) can cause unpleasant side effects or have dangerous interactions with any other over-the-counter and prescription medications you might be taking. 

Always get the advice of your doctor and be sure to purchase supplements from a trusted manufacturer. The easiest way to do that is to get your doctor to recommend a specific brand or product. Then, follow the dosage information provided on the label.

One last warning: research is not only limited when it comes to these herbs working for everyone with puffy nipples, the FDA doesn’t monitor the purity or quality of supplements. So it’s important to stop taking them the second you see something wrong and also talk with your doctor. 

Surgical procedures:

Diet and exercise not working anymore? Then you might need to refine your existing treatment plan to better suit your needs and discuss your options for surgery. Hey, if the Rock got it done, so can you! The procedures below are often used to treat gynecomastia and also puffy nipples: 

Liposuction: This surgery is used to remove your breast fat, but not breast gland tissue. This type of surgery usually requires a recovery time of up to six weeks.

Mastectomy: This surgery involves removing your breast gland tissue. Small incisions are typically used. It takes about four weeks to recover.

Non-invasive fat reduction: These treatments help get rid of excess fat cells through a topical procedure. Nonsurgical treatments may work by freezing fat cells, or by using radiofrequency technology or lasers. Recovery time varies, but usually it lasts only a few days.

Tissue excision: This technique is used to remove glandular breast tissue or excess skin in order to correct more severe cases of gynecomastia. It’s also needed if your areola will be reduced or if your nipple will be repositioned. Recovery may take up to three weeks.

Some insurance plans may cover surgery costs. 

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