Nipple & Areola Reduction

An ideal candidate for a nipple and areola reduction is a patient that may have inherited a large areola (or had this since breast feeding), having breast implants or following pregnancy. This procedure is usually undertaken along with a breast reduction or a breast augmentation surgery but can be done separately if required.

The procedure involves the surgeon firstly identifying two circles around the nipple. The first circle indicates the desired nipple circumference whilst the outer circle marks the current nipple circumference. The surgeon will remove the epidermis from the area between both circles before placing the nipple in the desired place. If the nipple is reduced in size, then it may become numb aand breast feeding is not possible.

Preparation

Before undergoing nipple and areola surgery consideration and preparation are vital. Those who are considering the procedure should clearly outline their targets and openly discuss this with their consultant. Those who are considering the procedure should be aware of the risks and complications that can arise as well as the practical changes that are needed prior to surgery. Patients are required to stop taking medication which alters blood viscosity including aspirin. In preparation of surgery it is also highly recommended that patients avoid smoking to promote a quicker recovery.

After the operation

Patients should consume only liquids for around 24 hours following surgery. Smoking should also be avoiding. Patients may not be able to exercise properly for around 4-6 weeks however they should be fit to return to work after a week.

Recovering from nipple and areola reduction

  • Patients should avoid smoking as well as any exposure to passive smoking prior to and after the procedure as this can lead to loss of tissue.
  • Patients should refrain from exercise for four to six weeks
  • Patients should not return to work for a week after surgery
  • Patients should consume only liquids until twenty four hours after the operation.

For the large majority of adults that undergo nipple and areola surgery the results will be a success with no unforeseen consequences. Despite this the capacity for risks and complications remain as is the case for almost all surgical procedures.

Risk and complications

  • Failing to attain the results that were expected
  • Excessive bleeding is possible
  • Permanent scarring is possible
  • Having a larger nipple than before surgery, or having gained no alteration

By nature all medical procedures carry an element of risk. While the majority of patients do not experience any complication during our nipple and aerola reduction procedures, before embarking on any medical procedure, it is advisable to consult fully with the McLean Academy so that our qualified staff can suitably discuss any risk or concerns that your procedure may pose.

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Neil R. McLean ( MD FRCS )

Telephone: 0191 284 3719

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