Areola Reduction

If you are embarrassed or bothered by the size or shape of your larger areola, our Plastic Surgeons are experts in areola reduction surgery. Women with large areola commonly are uncomfortable in and out of certain clothing because to the appearance of the enlarged areola. Areola reduction surgery is normally performed to reduce the size of enlarged areola. Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation.

What is the difference between nipple and areola?

The areola is the dark pigmented skin surrounding the nipple. The nipple is usually the projected part of the breast. Many patients who request nipple reduction may also want areola reduction to achieve the best result.

Why is my areola enlarged ?

Many women are born with larger areola. However, some women develop enlarged areola after breastfeeding. Some develop it after breast augmentation or breast surgery. No matter the cause of your large areola, Dr. Okoro can reduce them in a simple outpatient surgical procedure that offers immediate results and minimal risks. The procedures are performed in our fully accredited surgical center. Dr. Okoro specializes in cosmetic breast enhancement procedures such as nipple or areola reduction.

Who is a candidate for areola reduction procedure?

If you have any one of these, you may be a candidate for nipple surgery

  • overly enlarged areola
  • areola are asymmetrical in shape
  • areola that have changed since pregnancy & breast feeding
  • You are embarrassed or concerned about your areola
  • Difficulty finding clothing due to your areola

Can I combine it with other procedures?

Areola reduction surgery are commonly performed in conjunction with other procedures such as breast augmentation, breast lifting or breast reduction surgery. Dr Okoro commonly perform these procedures using local anesthesia. General anesthesia is used when its combined with other procedures requiring general anesthesia. A reduced nipple size can help create an overall youthful appearance to the breast, and helps maximize the aesthetic results of a breast reduction or breast lift procedure

Areola Reduction Procedure

Areola reduction procedure can be performed during another breast surgery, or as a separate procedure. When performed separately, it may take about 45 minutes for this procedure. The procedures are performed in our fully accredited surgical center under local anesthesia. When performed with more intense procedures, such as breast lift, reduction or augmentation, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia.

The incisions for this procedure are placed inconspicuously around the areola. Once the incisions are made, excess tissue is removed from the area is sutured closed.  The results of the areola reduction procedure are visible immediately and are permanent for most patients. Most patients maintain nipple sensation after this procedure, and women are still able to breastfeed if they desire. Contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation.

Recovery and Results

After the areola reduction procedure, patients often experience mild swelling and discomfort for a few days. These side effects can be managed with pain medication. Some bruising is also common for several days after the procedure.

Risks & Complications of Areola Reduction

All surgical procedure comes with some risk. Areola reduction is considered safe for most patients. The risk is further reduced when performed by an experienced plastic, and by following their directions for postoperative care.

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Frequently Asked Question about Areola reduction

Can I breastfeed after areola reduction?

Since breastfeeding can often affect the appearance of the areola, women are encouraged to wait until they are done breastfeeding before undergoing this procedure, so that the risk of negative changes after surgery is greatly reduced.

Is Areola Reduction Surgery done in an accredited facility?

All of our surgeries are performed in a fully accredited surgery center using state of the art technologies and a world-class staff. Our surgery center is fully accredited by AAAASF, the gold standard in outpatient surgery accreditation.

Will there be any pain with my Areola Reduction Surgery?
All surgeries involve some discomfort.  You will receive pain medication to help you with any discomfort. Dr. Okoro is highly skilled and uses advanced techniques and refined instruments that minimize discomfort during and after his surgical procedures.

How long before I can work out after Areola Reduction surgery?
We ask our patients to avoid all rigorous, strenuous activities or sexual activity for 7 – 10 days or until healing is complete.

How long before I can return to work after Areola Reduction surgery?
Most of our patients return to normal activities the next day.  If other procedures was performed, this may be different.

Will I need someone to take care of me after my Areola Reduction surgery?
You may need someone to drive you home after your procedure.

Will insurance pay for Areola Reduction surgery?
Areola reduction is considered a cosmetic procedure, and are not covered by health insurance. However, some breast surgeries are medically necessary. There may be exceptions so you should check directly with your provider for this answer.

Is financing available for Areola Reduction surgery?
Yes.   Financing is available for all the breast procedures including areola reduction.

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