Areola reduction surgery can help if you are unhappy with the size or shape of your areolas – this is the brown or pink area around the nipple. The procedure is quick and can be performed on both men and women.
The main benefit from an areola reduction is to make smaller the size (or diameter) of your areola. Stitch lines are “hidden” around the border of the nipple. The procedure can be done in our office based operating suite in Bondi Junction under a local anaesthetic. It takes around 30 minutes per side. An areola reduction can also be performed as part your breast augmentation, reduction or lift.
There is no “normal” areola appearance
But if you have any of the following concerns then areola reduction may be ideal for you:
* enlarged or wide areolas that do not look in proportion to your breasts
* irregular shaped areolas
* “puffy” or domed areolas (this can be associated with a condition known as tubular breasts)
In terms of areola size, usually a diameter of around 4 to 5 cms is considered normal. So if yours measures say 7 or 8 cms then an areolar reduction will give a more balanced appearance of your breasts. If you feel that you have any of the above concerns than your best step is to arrange a consultation. There you can talk about the procedure in detail and your expected results. By having this quick procedure, your areola will be in proportion to your breasts and many people experience a boost in self-confidence.
The procedure involves removing a donut shaped segment of your areola. The skin is then brought together again and stitches are placed around the outside of the areola. By doing this, the stitch line is well concealed and heals well over time.
Downtime after surgery is short but its important to take things easy during your first week following surgery. After the first week an appointment will be arranged for you where things will be checked to make sure your healing is on track. You will then be given specific advice about getting back to your regular activities based on your job and sporting lifestyle.
Areola reduction may attract Medicare rebates so a referral from your GP is important.
If you have been thinking of having areola reduction and would like to know more, call us for a chat or to arrange a consultation on 1800 180 777 or Contact Us today!