The bud is big and sticks out when its hard, but the areola is barely thr, especially hard, almost completely disapears. Even when they r soft the areola is still small. Wondering whats the best way to enlarge the areola? I heard of tatooing, but worry that wont look natural...heard of taking skin from the labia and putting it around the nipple, but heard that wasnt a good way. Are those the only options? Is thr another way to stretch them? Also is thr a way to keep them frm going hard ALLWAYS??
Options to Make Areolas Bigger?
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Increasing areolar size
First of all, you have very aesthetic breasts and I would encourage you not to do anything that could take away from them. Scarring from some sort of grafting procedure would not look good and would be permanent. I do not like the idea of tattooing as there is no guarantee on a good color match and your skin color does change over time, the tattoo ink will not always match even if initially it looks good. Your areolas may enlarge with pregnancy and breast feeding, so, if you are considering getting pregnant in the near future, wait and see what happens. Another option is Botox which can relax the muscle that constricts the areola and allow it to spread out. The results would be temporary but there is no permanent downside.
Probably the best way to stretch things at least a small bit would be placing a small set of breast implants. Skin grafting might not look so great and may result in sensory loss.
John Di Saia MD
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Tattooing is probably the best and least invasive option
Tattooing is probably what my first recomendation to you would be. Most of the time, a plastic surgeon can match (pretty closely) your natural color with a tattoo performed in the office.
For a small areola there are not great solutions. Adding a skin graft will leave alot of scarring. You may want to consider tattooing if it relaly bothers you.
Procedures for making areolae larger
I think that any procedure which grafts tissue in the area is best reserved for breast cancer patients having reconstruction. Tattooing is likely the best option but you need to be careful that the artist knows what they are doing especially with color match. The other option is to just leave them alone. I see lots of patients with areolae this size and think they look fine. Also they may get larger with pregnancy and nursing, not that I am recommending that to solve the issue.
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