Is it normal for areolas to be different sizes after surgery? (Photo)
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Areolar asymmetry after surgery
Thanks for the question. Asymmetries that are present before breast surgery are often more pronounced after surgery. I make it a point in preoperative consultations to show the patient any pre-existing asymmetries of their breasts that will not be addressed by breast augmentation. It appears from the picture that a superior periareolar incision was used for your surgery. Unless areolar tissue was removed at the time of the surgery, this is simply a pre-existing asymmetry that is more evident after the surgery. Another contributing factor to areolar asymmetries is the level of contraction of the areola itself. This can differ greatly at any point in time resulting in a worsening asymmetry. I would recommend waiting 3 months to allow all of the tissues to recovery from the surgery before judging the final result.
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Thank you for your question and photograph.The size may go down slightly as the swelling continues to resolve but if one was naturally bigger preoperatively then I would recommend consulting with your surgeon or another board certified plastic surgeon on having an areola reduction performed. During an areola reduction the incision is made around the areola and after the incision is made, tissue will be removed to achieve the desired size and circumference. I hope this helps.
Best of luck in your recovery!
James Fernau, MD, FACS
Board Certified ENT
Board Certified Plastic Surgery
Member of ASPS, ASAPS, ISAPS, The Rhinoplasty Society, AAFPRS, OTO/HNS, ASLMS, International Federation for Adipose Therapeutics & Science
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