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Areolar Reduction

Areolar Reduction

The dark area surrounding the nipples are known as the areolae. The size and shape of the areola can contribute greatly to the overall appearance of your breasts. Asymmetric or large nipples and areola may be due to genetics, aging, or breastfeeding. With Areolar Reduction surgery, your areola shape can be modified or be reduced in size to better balance your breast shape and volume.

Areolar Reduction Surgery Considerations

This procedure can be performed under local anesthesia or general anesthesia. Areolar reduction can also be combined with another surgery, such as a breast augmentation or mastopexy.  An incision is made around the areola and excess areolar skin is removed. A permanent suture is placed around the areolar to help minimize widening and stretching. The  incision is then closed with absorbable sutures under the skin. This will leave a resultant scar around the areola. A dressing will then be placed over the incisions. There will be swelling the bruising after the procedure that will settle within a few weeks. 

There is minimal recovery time and patients can return to work the next day. We recommend that patients take two weeks off strenuous exercise while they are healing.  Postoperative scar care is provided by Dr. Ho and her team to ensure you have the best aesthetic result.

Possible complications include unsatisfactory scarring, asymmetry, recurrence, and changes in nipple sensation. All these details will be discussed in depth by Dr. Ho during your consultation.