The areola is the pigmented skin that surrounds your nipples. If you feel that this area is too large and is negatively impacting your confidence and body image, you may be a candidate for Areola Reduction Surgery. The procedure usually aims to make the areola between the normal range of 3.5 – 4.5cm, however if you have a view about how the size you would like your areola to be, then you can certainly be involved in the decision.
Prior to your surgery, you will have a consultation with your surgeon and you will be able to ask any question you have. At UKSKIN, Areola reduction surgery takes between 1-2 hours and is performed under local anaesthetic. Incision on the skin will be made and a circular strip of the outer areola will be removed. The surrounding skin will be then brought inwards to be closed to the new smaller areola using absorbable stitches. The wound will be covered by dressings and you may need to wear a special bra to hold your breasts in position while they are healing.
Like in any other surgical procedure, there is a small risk of asymmetry, bleeding, infection, healing problems, scaring, altered sensation or numbness which usually subsides few months after surgery. Also, there might be a reduced ability to breastfeed.
You should be able to return to work and social activities within 1 week after surgery but you should avoid strenuous exercise for 6 weeks.
You will be reviewed and looked after until the wound is completely healed. Scars should fade and flatten anywhere from three months to one year after surgery. The results shall be long-lasting, provided that you maintain a stable weight and general fitness.
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