Male vs Female Nipple Distinctions

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Prior to adoles­cence, there are more similar­ities among male and female nipples than differences. Between the ages of 10 and 13, females develop buds, fol­low­ed by breast maturation. Mammary glands allow nursing mothers to produce milk. The ultimate breast and nipple appearance has no standard beyond what the entertainment media promotes. Artists base anatomical illustrations on average measurements.

Nipple Characteristics

Plastic surgeons and nipple re­pigmenta­tion tattoo artists are most concerned with proper nipple diameter and placement. Cosmetic surgeons reconstruct breasts following mastectomy, perform mastopexy (breast elevation and reshaping), and correct gyneco­mastia. With gyneco­mastia, male breast glandular tissue swells due to a reduction in male hormones (testosterone) or an increase in female hormones (estrogen). The benign growth above pectoral muscles produces breast-like bulges. There may also be a slight lump behind the nipples. Women who lose nipples with mastectomy may opt for nipple prosthesis.

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