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Lost Part of Areola After Surgery - How Can I Stretch it?

Missing most of 1 side of areola. Various things tried to stretch it. After each of 4 surgeries, the areola shrinks back as before & a belt of deep scar tissue forms, so it can't stretch & smooth out. Tried Botox to counter contraction & cortisone to ease scar tissue. Perhaps there is not enough tissue in breast pouch to give the skin tension around areola and pressure behind nipple area, -maybe a nipple implant would help. How can it be stretched bigger, then maintain shape while it heals?

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Areola Correction


Areolar tattooing would add the missing pigment back into the area, therefore making your concern less noticeable. Consult with a reputable, board certified plastic surgeon in your area. Best of luck!

Columbus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Consider tattooing the areaola


One thing that you can consider would be to add pigment through tattooing to help increase the size of the areola.  I agree that more surgical revision probably won't help.

Jason Brett Lichten, MD
Columbus Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 6 reviews

Stretching, No. Skin graft, yes.


Sounds like a properly shaped skin graft (full thickness) taken from a body area that has the same or similar color would be the way to go.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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Lost Part of Areola After Surgery - How Can I Stretch it?


Sorry for your issue. A posted photo of the irregular shaped/scarred areolar would help. I recommend STOP any further revisional surgeries. Try tattooing colour/pigment to match. From MIAMI 

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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