Your areolas are the pigmented areas surrounding your nipples. Like breasts, areolas vary widely in size, colour and shape. It’s perfectly normal to have large or differently sized areolas. If you’re uncomfortable with the size of your areolas, a reduction is possible.
Areola reduction surgery is a relatively simple procedure that can reduce the diameter of one or both of your areolas. It can be performed on its own, or together with a breast lift, a breast reduction, or a breast augmentation.
This surgery is an option for any man or woman who is not happy with the size of their areolas. This procedure works well if you’ve lost a significant amount of weight and, as a result, have stretched areolas. It also works well if your areolas changed after pregnancy or breastfeeding. Other ideal candidates include people with puffy or protruding areolas. Some people with asymmetrical areolas choose to get one reduced to match the other.
Large areola is associated with conditions like large, droopy and tuberous (tubular) breasts. An areola reduction could be a part of a complete breast enhancement, which includes a breast augmentation, breast lift, or a breast reduction.
What does areola reduction surgery involve?
Areola reduction is usually performed under local anaesthetic and takes about one hour. 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.
Going home after surgery
Your wound will be covered by dressings and you may need to wear a special bra to hold your breasts in position while they are healing. You should be able to return to work and social activities within a week. You may experience swelling or numbness after your surgery. These symptoms will ease but may take up to 6 weeks to fully subside.
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