Areola Correction

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Areola Correction Surgery

The pigmented dark area around the nipple is called the areola. In some cases, the areola of one or even two nipples may be enlarged or puffy. This may happen for men or women and there may be various causes for it. Genetics, age, childbirth or weight gain could be any of the reasons for the areola to enlarge. Areola reduction can correct all these situations.

When does areola reduction become necessary?

Age can lead the breasts to sag or droop and as a result may enlarge the areolas. Areola reduction may be advised if the areola is enlarged in diameter and may also have different shades of colour. Enlarged areolas are either a congenital defect or may occur often due to breast feeding after which they never went back to normal size. A puffy areola is also a congenital defect when the areola protrudes from the breast as if a tight ring is placed at its base. Areola reduction is often combined with other breast related procedures such as reduction, lift or augmentation.

What does the actual procedure involve?

Areola reduction is most often performed under local anesthesia. The procedure involves an incision around the edges of the areola and removing a doughnut size skin from the areola. The incision is closed and stitched up.

How long does the entire procedure take?

The areola reduction process takes generally about one to three hours. Normally patients go home the same day.

What can I expect after an Areola reduction procedure?

The scar of the incision is inconspicuous and can be prevented from being permanent with the use of creams prescribed by your surgeon. There is no risk of losing sensation in the nipples and the ducts remain intact. You may be advised to use ice locally to reduce swelling. You would need to avoid lifting weights or bending over and reaching above your head for a few days. You will be prescribed a support bra which you will wear for the first 3 weeks after surgery.

Frequently asked questions :

When can I return to normal activities?

Stitches will be removed in two to three weeks. Light exercise can be resumed within a few days while routine physical activity and exercising should be avoided for 6 weeks.

Are there any risks associated with the Areola reduction procedure?

Areola reduction surgery is generally a safe procedure. If you take proper care in preparing for the surgery and follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding post-operative care, the risks are minimal. If complications occur, they can usually be treated.

Is Areola reduction covered by medical insurance?

Most insurance companies do not consider areola reduction to be medically necessary, and generally do not cover the cost of this procedure. To keep costs down all procedures are performed in the operation theaters at KLCC.

What age does one have to be to have areola reduction done?

Although there is no set age for areola reduction, it is advisable to wait till the breasts have finished developing. The right age can be anywhere between 18 to 60 years only if you have good general health.