Am I An Ideal Candidate For Areola Reduction?
During your consultation for areola reduction in Atlanta, Dr. Killingsworth, Dr. Farber, and their plastic surgery team will thoroughly assess your health history and discuss your specific goals for the procedure. Our surgeons will evaluate the size and shape of your areolas and formulate a treatment plan to help reach your aesthetic goals. Areola reduction surgery is often combined with other breast enhancement procedures, such as breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, and more.
If you are displeased with the size and shape of your areolas, areola reduction may be right for you. The ideal candidate for areola reduction is in good general health and a non-smoker. It is recommended that women seeking areola reduction surgery wait until they are done nursing and having children to undergo the procedure to ensure the results are long-lasting. At Astra Plastic Surgery, we offer areola reduction surgery for both men and women.
What Should I Expect During Areola Reduction Surgery?
In most cases, areola reduction surgery is performed under local anesthesia and takes about an hour to perform, although this may vary depending on each individual patient and their goals. During the procedure, a circular incision is made around the portion of the areola that is being reduced.
After removing the desired amount of areola, the remaining skin is sutured inwards to create areolae that are smaller in diameter. Specific sutures are used to ensure the areolas don’t stretch back to their original size. During this procedure, the nipple and/or areola is never fully removed, allowing for more natural-looking results. Additionally, the suture is placed around the border of the areola to avoid prominent scarring.
What Should I Expect After Areola Reduction?
After areola reduction surgery, patients who received local anesthesia can return home almost immediately. Patients who underwent general anesthesia may need to be monitored for a period of time before being sent home. Before being sent home, the treatment area will be bandaged to promote shorter recovery times.
During the recovery period, patients may experience mild discomfort or numbness surrounding the nipples. Patients can expect mild bruising and swelling, however these symptoms should subside in the days following the procedure. It is recommended that patients refrain from vigorous exercise to expedite the healing process.