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Areola Reduction


Areola Reduction, also known in medical terminology as areolaplasty, is a highly specialised surgical procedure that focuses on reducing the size of the areola—the pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple. This procedure is often sought by individuals who experience self-consciousness or physical discomfort due to enlarged or asymmetrical areolas.

Various factors can contribute to the enlargement of the areolas, including but not limited to, hormonal changes, pregnancy, weight gain or loss, and the natural ageing process. The procedure aims to improve the aesthetic appearance of the breasts and resolve any functional issues, such as skin irritation or discomfort caused by the friction of enlarged areolas against clothing.


Initial Consultation: The first step in your surgical journey is an extensive consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon. This session is designed to be a comprehensive evaluation of your breast and areola anatomy and a detailed discussion of your aesthetic goals and any concerns you may have. The surgeon may also recommend additional diagnostic tests, such as mammograms or ultrasounds, to rule out any underlying medical conditions that could complicate the procedure. The choice of anaesthesia is a critical aspect of the procedure and is tailored to meet your specific health needs and comfort level. Both local anaesthesia with sedation and general anaesthesia are available options. The decision is made collaboratively between you, your surgeon, and the anesthesiologist. Preoperative assessments may include a range of tests, such as complete blood counts and other screenings, to ensure that you are a suitable candidate for anaesthesia.
The surgical approach to areola reduction involves making a precise, circular incision around the perimeter of the areola. Through this incision, excess pigmented skin is carefully removed. The remaining skin is then sutured back together using fine, dissolvable sutures to minimise the visibility of any scarring. Postoperative care may include the application of antibiotic ointments to the incision sites to reduce the risk of infection.


PLEASE NOTE: While some results may be visible sooner, final results often take a few months for swelling to fully subside.


You may choose to have an Areola Reduction for a number of reasons:

The primary aesthetic benefit of areola reduction is the achievement of more proportionate and symmetrical areolas, which significantly enhances the overall appearance and contour of the breasts.
For some individuals, overly large areolas can cause physical discomfort due to chafing against clothing. The procedure can alleviate this issue, making daily activities more comfortable.
The aesthetic improvement often leads to increased self-confidence and a more positive self-image, which can have a ripple effect on various aspects of social and professional life.


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Areola Reduction


While surgical procedures offer the potential for significant improvements in health and well-being, it is crucial to understand that they are not without risks. All surgical interventions carry inherent risks, which may include infection, bleeding, adverse reactions to anesthesia, scarring, and the possibility of unsatisfactory results. The specific risks associated with your procedure will be discussed in detail during your pre-operative consultations with our medical team. Our dedicated staff will work closely with you to minimise these risks, ensuring the safest and most successful outcome possible. It’s essential to follow all pre and post-operative instructions meticulously to reduce the likelihood of complications.


Post Op

"Really informative Consultation. Mark and Steve are great. It was a really nice place and the staff were lovely!"


Recovery time is generally short, with most patients returning to normal activities within a week. A surgical bra may be recommended for support.
Potential complications include infection, bleeding, and scarring. There’s also the risk of reduced nipple sensitivity and asymmetry.
Preparation involves a medical evaluation, possibly some lab tests, and cessation of smoking and certain medications as advised by your healthcare provider.
Yes, Areola Reduction can often be combined with other breast procedures like breast augmentation or reduction, depending on your medical condition and aesthetic goals.
The impact on nipple sensation varies. While some patients report reduced sensitivity, others experience no significant change.