Large Areolas and Droopy Nipples. What Breast Surgery Do I Need?

I am uncomfortable & embarrassed of my breasts b/c of my big aereolas, and I would like my nipples to be higher up. Im wondering if I need just aerola reduction, or if I need a lift and/or implant too. What do you think? The first 2 photos are me, and the last 2 photos are what I want my breats to look like (natural). What do I need to do to get to my goal breasts? Thank you!!

Doctor Answers (25)

Breast Lift or Not?


It is common to compare ourselves to others, as you are doing.

Your two photos do not suggest that you are as "bad" as you feel.

I would advise giving surgery plenty of thought as any areolar or other type of breast lift will create scars that you may end up being more unhappy with.

Miami Plastic Surgeon

Large Areolas


Dear Hanna G,

I will begin by telling you that what you perceive as a source of embarrassment - ie. your areola, are not that unusual or large.  I would suggest you think long and hard before pursuing surgery, as the scars from any suggested surgeries may result in poorer cosmesis.

Nonetheless, if you really wanted to have surgery, an areolar reduction with a peri-areolar mastopexy technique could be used.  The downside of this technique is that it may make your breast appear more boxy.  In addition, the scar around your areola may widen with time.  

Speak with one or two experienced plastic surgeons in your area and go over the pros and cons of all proposed procedures.  Think about it long and hard - I think your breasts are better off without any intervention at this time.

Warmest Regards,

Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)

Asif Pirani, MD, FRCS(C)
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Smaller areolas


From what you write in your note the size you want to be is similar to where you are now so simply doing a donut mastopexy to make your arelar complexes smaller is all that may be needed.

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lift with Areolar Reduction


Hello and thank you for the question.

In review of your photographs and given consideration of your desired results, I would offer you a vertical mastopexy ( lolli-pop scar breast lift). This will afford you both a breast lift for the moderate ptosis, which your breasts have as well an areolar reduction to a size that is better proportioned to your breasts. I recommend you consult with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has ample experience in breast rejuvenation surgery.

Best of luck,

Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Glenn Vallecillos, MD
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Areola reduction, breast lift, or augmentation?

If you are happy with your breast size, there is no need to perform an augmentation with breast implants. Because you have droopy or sagging breast, I recommend a breast lift or mastopexy. I don't think a periareolar lift would be sufficient. A mastopexy would reduce your areolas at the same time.

Frank Agullo, MD
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Large Areolas and Droopy Nipples. What Breast Surgery Do I Need?

If you are happy with the size of your breasts and desire the areola to be smaller and the nipple and breast tissue higher on the chest, you likely would be happy with a breast lift (mastopexy).  The down side to any breast lift procedure is that you will have permanent scars on your breasts. 

Brian Kreul, MD
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Areolar reduction and uplift

You can have an areolar reduction and uplift. The trade off is permanent scars and no one can honestly guarantee the quality.

Genevieve MacDonald, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lift Can Help

To be honest, your breasts do not look that bad! You have good volume and fullness that is similar to that of your ideal breasts. However, if you still feel uncomfortable, a minor breast lift with areola reduction can help. Please understand, though, that any surgery will leave you with scars. If this scarring is okay with you, then please talk to a board certified plastic surgeon for a physical examination. Best of luck!

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Areola reduction

You are a good candidate for a breast lift - your areolae could be reduced at the same time - the type of lift and scars depend on your goals and can better be assessed and discussed in consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. 

That said, you have a very nice size and shape. No reason to be embarrassed. Best wishes.

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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A breast lift will address both your concerns

A breast lift procedure lifts droopy nipples (and droopy breasts) and it also allows for the reduction of your areolas.
Based on the pictures of your desired results, you already have the volume and you do not need to add breast implants.
What is important to realize is that although you can lift your nipples and make them smaller, your surgeon will have to work with your existing breasts instead of creating brand new ones to replicate the ones you showed us you like.

Martin Jugenburg, MD
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