The areola is the area around your nipple. Areola come in all shapes, sizes and colors. Though it’s normal for your areola to be large or uneven, some women are not happy with the way their areola look and may consider an areola reduction to improve the size of the areola. Others may seek out an areola reduction after breastfeeding or because they want to achieve a certain look in bras, clothing or bathing suits. Women might also seek areola reduction just because they feel self-conscious about their areola.
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What is an areola reduction?
An areola reduction is a routine surgery where the diameter of the areola is reduced. It can be performed as a solo operation and you can get one or both areolas reduced. Sometimes the surgery is performed during a breast reduction, breast augmentation or a breast lift.
Do I have choices for my areola reduction?
For your areola reduction surgery, you’ll get to meet with your surgeon to discuss what options are available. Your surgeon will take measurements and discuss with you why you are unhappy with your areola size. Together, you’ll talk about the options for crafting your areola into a new size that you’ll love and that will inspire body confidence.
Am I a candidate for areola reduction surgery?
Both women and men can choose to have areola reduction surgery. You’ll just want to make sure that your breasts have finished growing. This usually happens in the late 20s, especially for women. You’ll also want to make sure you’re in good health and that you are finished gaining or losing weight and finished breastfeeding, both of which can cause your areola to continue to change. If you are unhappy with your areola size, if you have areola that are uneven or are having trouble wearing bras, clothes or swimwear that you want to try, you’ll be a perfect candidate for areola reduction surgery.
What should I expect at my consultation?
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A consultation before areola reduction is very important. Your surgeon will ask questions about what bothers you most about your areola. You’ll be given details about what you can expect from surgery, measurements will be taken and your surgeon will go over the best options for you to get the best results. You’ll see pictures from other before and after surgeries and you can get a good idea of what what you can expect based on sketches by the surgeon.
What will happen before, during and after my surgery?
Once a consultation has taken place and a surgery date has been selected, you’ll be given instructions to follow the day before your surgery. You’ll most likely have your surgery in an outpatient surgery center like Pure Plastic Surgery or a hospital and you’ll likely be able to go home the same day.
For your procedure, you can expect to be given a general anesthesia which will prevent you from feeling any pain. Your surgery is very minimal and will only take an hour to perform. Your anesthesia team will go over all the details of your pain maintenance before surgery.
During your procedure, your surgeon will start by taking out a donut-shaped piece of tissue from your areola. A round incision will then be made around the border of the areola; a new areola form will then be created and fixed into place with a suture inside your breast. You’ll then be stitched up to close your incision.If you’re having areola reduction in conjunction with a breast augmentation, breast lift or breast reduction, your surgery will take a longer period of time to complete. Your areola reduction will most likely be performed near the end of surgery.
You’ll be monitored after surgery until you wake up from anesthesia and are able to go home. You will have to have someone drive you home from surgery and be present for your recovery for at least your first day at home.
After your procedure, you’ll be given instructions for your recovery which might include pain management, healing and looking for the following side effects:
Recovery from Areola Surgery
After an areola reduction, you’ll be sore and have some pain for a few days after surgery. During your recovery you’ll want to keep your breasts wrapped with a gauze bandage as you heal. Your doctor will give you exact instructions for rest and recovery time, as well as, the proper instructions for taking care of yourself after surgery. Since you will heal pretty quickly from your surgery, you should be able to resume normal activities and head back to work within one to two days.
Results, Maintenance & Follow up
You will be able to see your results almost immediately. There will be some scarring where the incision was made around the areola but it should hide very well among the pigmented area of the areola. Over time, the scarring will fade. Make sure to keep all follow-up appointments and let your doctor know if there are any issues.
Who should I consult for Areola surgery?
There’s nothing more comforting than seeking a team of plastic surgeons that cares about your health, surgery and healing. At Pure Plastic Surgery, the team will listen to your concerns and address any questions you may have about areola reduction. A board-certified plastic surgeon will make all the difference for your body confidence and peace of mind.