Areola reduction

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Areola Reduction surgery is for those who are unhappy with either the size or shape of their areolas (the brown or pink area around the nipple). This simple procedure can be performed on both men and women to correct the irregularity of the areolas by making them proportionate, which will then enhance the appearance of the areolas and boost up their confidence.

What can Areola Reduction treat?

The main abnormalities that can occur in the areola are as follows:

An enlarged, widened areola:
  • Medical studies have shown that the ideal diameter of the areola should be in the region of 4.7cm (for an average height woman).
  • In many people the areola can be wider than this. If this is the case, you may be suitable for an areola reduction, aimed at reducing the diameter back to in the region of 4.7cm.
  • The ideal diameter of the areola does vary according to the appearance of your underlying bust and needs to look in proportion.
Domed or Raised Areolas:
  • Some people develop a raised or domed areola due to forward movement of the breast tissue pushing the areola forwards.
  • This can be associated with conditions such as tuberous or tubular breast abnormality.
  • This condition is normally treated with reduction of the underlying breast tissue and reduction in the size of the areola.
Non-circular areolas:
  • Ideally the areola should be circular in shape but in some cases it can be slightly oval.
  • Areola reduction is often performed to reduce the diameter of the areola and also make it more circular.
Abnormalities in the surface of the areola:
  • Some people notice a variation in colour of the areola or possibly small nodules which can appear on the areola surface as small glands.
  • These small glands can be reduced by further surgery to remove them.
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What is involved?

Areola reduction surgery is performed by removing a circular area of the outer brown area of the areola. The skin surrounding this is then brought inwards in a purse string fashion to surround the areola. Absorbable stitches inside the areola are used to reduce the diameter and, in most cases, surgeons at Centre for Surgery will use a stitch placed deeply in the tissues to prevent widening of the areola occurring following surgery. By using the stitch it is very unlikely that you would get further widening of the areola and your nipples and the areola should stay in a smaller position. Areola reduction before and after photos will be shown to you at your consultation so that you can see a range of results previously achieved by your surgeon. This should help you get a better idea of the possible outcome from your surgery.

Who Is An Ideal Candidate For Areola Reduction?

All patients should be in good health and have realistic expectations about what can be achieved with areola reduction surgery.

We do not treat patients below the age of 18 years of age.

Healing is better if patients refrain from or quit smoking.

Areola reduction is performed purely for cosmetic purposes, to help improve one’s image and self-esteem.

There is no such thing as a perfect areola and therefore makes the desire for the procedure purely subjective. The procedure is perfect for those who feel that the look of their areola is having an impact on their body image making them unhappy.

Benefits of Areola Reduction

The benefits of areola reduction are a reduction in the size of the areola with scarring limited to the junction of the brown skin and the surrounding normal skin of the nipple.

The procedure can be performed under either local, twilight or general anaesthetic, has a minimum down time and also has the other advantage of tightening up the breast skin and elevating the nipple to a slightly higher position.

Risks Of Areola Reduction

All surgical procedures have some degree of risks and it is a good idea to discuss this with the surgeon during your consultation.

The most common risks associated with areola reduction surgery includes:

  • Bleeding and infection
  • Temporary or loss of sensation on the nipples potentially due to nerve damage
  • Difficulties in breastfeeding

AREOLA REDUCTION FAQS

Am I an ideal candidate for areola reduction?

Areola reduction are for both women and men who wish to change the size, shape or appearance of their areola.

What is the minimum size of areola when I can consider areola reduction?

There is no such thing as a perfect areola size, however, studies have shown that the ideal diameter of the areola should be in the region of 4.7cm for an average height woman.

How will areola reduction surgery benefit me?

The benefits of areola reduction are a reduction in the size of the areola with scarring limited to the junction of the brown skin and the surrounding normal skin of the nipple.

How do I prepare for my areola reduction surgery?

Since it is a surgical procedure we recommend you to stop smoking for few weeks prior to the surgery as well as stop taking any blood-thinning medications to minimise the risks.

How is areola reduction performed?

At Centre for Surgery, areola reduction surgery is performed by removing a circular area of the outer brown area of the areola. The skin surrounding this is then brought inwards in a purse string fashion to surround the areola and stitched in place to ly reduce the diameter of the areola.

How long does the procedure take?

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What is the recovery period like?

You will experience some soreness for 24-48 hours following your areola reduction surgery but you will be able to go back to your normal routine within the first week. However you should avoid extensive physical activities for 6 weeks to ensure complete recovery.

What are the complications associated with areola reduction surgery?

  • Bleeding and infection
  • Temporary or loss of sensation on the nipples potentially due to nerve damage
  • Difficulties in breastfeeding

Will I have a scar after the surgery?

Small areola reduction will leave only an unnoticeable scar around the base of the nipple, whereas a larger reduction may leave a scar around the edge of the areola but will be hidden.

Is it going to be painful?

During the procedure you will be under local anaesthesia and will feel no pain but you may feel some soreness for 24-48 hours following the surgery. You can be prescribed pain medications if it is unbearable.

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