The puffy nipple-areola complex is one of the most common forms of gynecomastia. Along with excess breast growth, these men have glandular and fatty tissue that accumulates underneath or around the outside of the areola/nipple area. Puffy nipples can occur at any age but are more common in young adults. Men who experience this embarrassing condition often want to know how to hide their deformity from others.
How to reduce puffy nipples
There may be various ways a male can reduce the appearance of puffy nipples. These include exercise, supplements, and surgery.
Puffy nipples in men may be the result of:
Weight gain or excess fat
Low testosterone levels
In some cases, these nipples are the result of a condition called gynecomastia. Gynecomastia is a benign growth of male breast glandular tissue. According to one study, approximately 30% of males will have some form of gynecomastia at some point in their life.
What causes puffy nipples to form?
Puffy nipples in men are fairly common and male breast enlargement is to blame. It is estimated that 32% to 65% of all males suffer from gynecomastia at least once during their lifetimes. A good portion of these cases is accompanied by these chest nipples.
Gynecomastia-a term that originated from the Greek word for breast is caused by elevated levels of the female hormone estrogen in the body. The hormone spike occurs most frequently during puberty but can also have other causes, such as obesity, drug use, steroid abuse, medications, and underlying conditions.
For most teen boys and men who have puffy nipples, aesthetics is the primary concern. The condition is considered benign and traditionally is not accompanied by discomfort or pain. There are exceptions. Some men with puffy nipples can experience soreness, discomfort, and discharge.
Even if his nipples don’t hurt or are not leaking any fluid, the man can still suffer emotionally. Gynecomastia and puffy nipples can contribute to psychological discomfort, leading to anxiety, mood changes, and extreme self-consciousness. The condition can also lead to eating disorders, reduced libido, and depression.
How to hide gyno and chest nipples?
Pinch your nipples
If you have to take your shirt off to swim or find yourself becoming intimate with a new partner, sometimes pinching the areola skin can cause the tissue to contract. This can momentarily hide the fact that your nipples are soft and pointy. You get the same effect when your body becomes cold. This could cause you to pray for colder days when your nipples will constrict enough not to be noticeable. Steps to reduce puffy nipples.
The most obvious method of hiding gynecomastia and puffy nipples is to refrain from wearing form-fitting shirts. Many men who have this condition wear baggy or multiple layers of clothing. While this strategy may work in the wintertime, it is not viable for the hotter summer months. You may also look out of sorts trying to hide gynecomastia at the beach by wearing a hoodie. Wearing baggy sweatshirts and multiple layers of clothes could cause you to suffer from hyperthermia.
And you may feel left out if your friends go swimming while you too afraid to remove your shirt. Most men rip their shirts off without a second thought during exercise or while swimming. But when you have puffy nipples, taking your shirt off is like ripping your pants down and hoping people won’t judge you.
Male bra or bandaging
The male bra is described in the book The Male Breast: What You Should Know about Gynecomastia by Sreekar Harinatha. “The male bra is a compression vest that is used following surgical correction for a few weeks so that the surgical swelling reduces faster. Many misguided boys wear it under their shirts to compress their breasts hoping that it would not show through their clothes and also hope that wearing it long enough would make the gland disappear.”
Others try bandaging or tape, where they roll bandages meant for sprains or sticky tape around their chests to hide their areola. The male bra and bandaging or trying to hide gynecomastia with tape can lead to skin damage and rashes due to tightness and skin irritation.