The areola is the pink or brown area surrounding the nipple on the breast. Some women are born with larger than normal areolas or nipples that can cause some to feel self-conscious. Pregnancy and breastfeeding can also cause this area to change and enlarge. Other factors that can cause a change in the areola size or shape are weight gain and puberty. If a patient is unhappy with the size of their areola, they may find that Areola Reduction Surgery can help them achieve the result they want.
Areola reduction surgery will reduce the diameter of the areola or modify its shape to be more uniform when asymmetry is involved. It is performed under general or local anesthesia and the patient can usually go home the same day.
Women who choose to have another type of breast surgery such as breast reduction, breast augmentation, or breast lift can also choose to have an areola reduction at the same time.
Frequently Asked Questions about Areola Reduction Surgery
Pregnancy, weight gain, genetics and puberty can cause or change the size and color of the areola. Many patients who think their areolas are too small or too big generally seek areola reduction surgery. Generally, women should wait until their breasts have stopped growing before having this surgery, usually by their early 20s. Men can have this surgery at an earlier age as adolescents.
The following doctors perform Areola Reduction Surgery at Atlanta Plastic Surgery, P.C. Click on a doctor to learn more about their practice and to view Before & After areola reduction surgery photographs.