Nipple Reduction (Areola Reduction)

Reduction of the surface area of an areola

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Nipple Reduction (Areola Reduction)

Nipple Reduction (Areola Reduction)

Enlarged or stretched out nipples humiliate both men and women causing significant embarrassment particularly with its distended effect through clothing.
Nipple reduction or areola reduction is a cosmetic procedure used to minimize and in some cases reshape the nipple in order to create a balanced proportion. The procedure is most commonly requested by women who feel uncomfortable or otherwise self-conscious by the discomfiture or pain of the elongated nipple.

A Good Candidate for Nipple Reduction (Areola Reduction)

To be considered a candidate for nipple reduction your nipples should be enlarged or discomfiture is existent and you should in good general health with a solid understanding of the potential realistic results. Breast feeding can leave a woman's nipple elongated and droopy, as some women request this procedure along with a breast augmentation following child bearing to gain a more full, natural and youthful appearance.

Nipple Reduction (Areola Reduction) Procedure

Nipple Reduction or areola reduction is achieved by eliminating some of the pigmented area. The procedure involves an incision outlining the areola and a smaller incision around the base of the nipple with removal of the excess tissue. Your surgeon may prefer to remove a band of areolar skin around the base of the nipple and push the nipple back into the breast, where it is sutured into place.

Dissolvable sutures are positioned under the skin to minimize the scarring. The resulting scars around the outlining edge of the reformed and resized areola and are essentially hidden. Nipple reduction (areola reduction) can be performed at the same time as a breast lift.

Other Approaches a Plastic Surgeon might Suggest:
 Remove just the tip of the nipple and secure with sutures
 Remove fatty tissue from under the areola allowing the nipple to sit deeper in the breast

Risk and Side Effects of Nipple Reduction (Areola Reduction)

The results are permanent. All surgeries carry risks, including areola reduction surgery and may include infection, Seroma (collection of fluid under the skin), loss of sensation, and scarring. It is best to be clear of all the risks associated with this surgery through prior consultation with your surgeon.

Recovery from Nipple Reduction (Areola Reduction)

Recovery time is based on each individual patient. Minimal pain and swelling which usually dissipates by the second day is easily controlled by medications.
You likely will be able to bathe the same day, and will in most cases be permitted to resume daily activities within a few days.

Costs of Nipple Reduction (Areola Reduction)

While there are contributing factors such as location and diverse techniques involved the cost for nipple reduction surgery procedures can be typically be attained between $1,500 and $4,000.


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