A nipple or areola reduction can be performed if nipples are too large, hanging, or over-projecting. It is not recommended in women who plan on breastfeeding. During the procedure, a ring of skin is removed from the base of the nipple and the incision is closed with dissolvable sutures. This procedure can be performed in the clinic under local anesthesia.
Recovery time is typically 1-2 weeks.
Patients seeking an areolar reduction are unhappy with the size or shape of their areolas (the dark skin surrounding the nipples). This procedure is very similar to a breast lift. There are several factors which must be considered when deciding if an areolar reduction would be the right procedure to meet your expectation. Frequently large areola are associated with some degree of breast sagging. In the right patient, this style of mastopexy removes the excess skin from around the areola and can correct a modest amount of breast sag. There are some conditions of the breast that require additional procedures such as breast implants or extensive mastopexy. Things like the quality of your skin, size of your existing breasts, degree of sagging and width of the areola should be considered. After your examination, the options for improvement can be discussed in detail.
Recovery time is typically 2-6 weeks.
If you feel as though you might benefit from a nipple/areola reduction, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Boudreault at our convenient Palo Alto location.