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Women who are self conscious because they have large areolae, need not worry because there is a simple correction. This corrective surgery can be performed under local anaesthetic. An average areola is approximately 4.5cm in diameter. In instances where the areola may be enlarged this may be due to age or breast-feeding, which can result in breast sagging.
Areola Reduction – What To Expect
How long does the procedure take?
The duration of the surgery depends of the type of anaesthesia as well as the technique used. The Areola reduction surgery itself can be performed under local anaesthetic. The surgery takes approximately about two hours.
How is the procedure performed?
The surgeon will work through an incision in the outer part of the nipple, the pigmented skin around the nipple or areola is removed. The incisions are closed with stitches around the areola; which are pulled in, to tighten the skin around the areola.
An areola reduction should not cause any problems with future breast feeding
What is the recovery period?
You may notice some bruising around your areolas which is to be expected and should subside within ten to fourteen days after surgery.
If you desire a breast reduction or a breast lift, the areola may be reduced at the same time to the desired size. An areola reduction can also be performed without additional surgery.
Please note that in terms of results and expectations, there are numerous variables with every patient, each surgery and every recovery and healing period.