Nipple and Areolar Reduction

The most beautiful breasts have well-positioned nipples of proportionate size with normal projection, along with symmetrical, proportionately sized, regularly shaped areolae. Women may consider nipple and areola reduction surgery if they have:

  • Asymmetrical nipples or areolae.
  • Nipples that protrude too far.
  • Areolae that are too large in proportion to the breasts.
  • Long, droopy nipples.

Irregularly shaped or puffy areolae Areola Reduction surgery is a relatively simple procedure that can reduce the diameter of one or both of your areolas. It can be performed on its own, or together with a Breast Lift, a Breast Reduction, or Breast Augmentation.

The outpatient procedure is typically done under local anaesthesia by removing the outermost area of the areola and suturing in the skin with absorbable stitches. A permanent stitch placed deeper in the breast tissue prevents the areola from widening later. The areola can be done as a stand-alone procedure or addressed at the same time as a Breast Reduction, Augmentation or Lift to minimise recovery time.

Areola Reduction does not typically cause any problems with future breastfeeding, but risks of the procedure include a loss of sensation (if nerve damage occurs) and scarring.

Most patients are able to effectively manage their discomfort with pain relievers and are back to work within a few days.