Is Areola Reduction Quick and Inexpensive?

is it fairly quick and inexpensive to have an areola reduction? and is it ok to do before getting pregnant again? or should it be done after im all done with having kids?

Doctor Answers 29

Areola reduction could be fast, sloppy, and with bad scars that stretch with pregnancy!

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So if you want poor work, unsightly results, and scars that get worse as your breasts swell with pregnancy and breast feeding, go ahead and find someone who does quick, cheap work. You really don't mean that, do you?  You really mean the best possible result for the least cost needed to get that outcome?

Since the areola scars will indeed stretch with additional pregnancy, as will your breast skin, there is a distinct possibility that you may need a breast lift (mastopexy) after another one or more pregnancies. So having any surgery, however fast and cheap, that will be completely redone (and more) with a periareolar, lollipop, modified, or full Wise-pattern mastopexy seems an ill-advised waste to me. If you were able to convince me that it is only a theoretical possibility that you might have another baby, and that you really want to proceed with an areolar reduction now, I could see it appropriate to proceed, but I would be skilled, careful, precise, and take whatever time it took to do my best work. I would be reasonable in my charges, but not "cheap!"

Minneapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Areola Reduction Made Simple

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Hi and thank you for your question.

Areola reduction can be very simple and can be done under local, meaning just numbing up the skin in the area and performing the procedure in-office.

I would recommend waiting until you are done having kids, otherwise you would be performing the procedure again.

Hope that helps.

Farbod Esmailian, MD
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 88 reviews

Areola Reduction

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The terms "quick" and "inexpensive" should be lower on your priority list than finding an excellent board-certified plastic surgeon. The shape of the breasts and the position of the areolas relative to the fold under breast will influence the procedure that will help you reach your goal, and that will influence the fee and the duration of surgery.

While a areolar reduction alone usually leaves the milk ducts intact so that milk flows to the nipple, there is always a risk that you wouldn't be able to breast feed. If you are planning to have more children, you might want to consider delaying an areolar reduction.

Click on the link below for a short, informative video about areolar reduction. You'll see views of different patients who have had the procedure done as well as views showing how the procedure is done.

All the best.

Heather J. Furnas, MD
Santa Rosa Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

We should look at the cause of the enlarged areola before attempting to correct them.

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Enlarged areola have different causes.  The treatment should address the etiology.  Simple areolar enlargement can be addressed with sugery in the office  that leaves a scar around the perimeter of the areola.  Many times, there are other issues that need to be addressed such as breast ptosis(droopy breasts) or tuberous or constricted breasts(snoopy breasts).  These 2 conditions require a breast uplift possibly with implants to achieve an optimal result.  Certainly this scenario is not quick or inexpensive.  Correction of areolar enlargement can be performed before pregnancy, but  there is an increased liklihood of requiring a revision down the road. 

Beverly Friedlander, MD
Short Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Areola Reduction can be challenging

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Areola reduction can be more challenging than some of the posts indicate. The technique of removing some of the areola is very straightforward so in that sense, yes, easy. However, changing the areola significantly can change the shape of the breast and specific consideration should be made for issues like breast sagging (ptosis) and breast shape.

In addition, incisions around the areola can widen over time. Many times the areola can return to its orginal size depending on the shape and weight of the breast. All of these factors should be carefully considered before you make a decision.

Since an additional pregnancy may make your breasts larger and also contribute to breast shape changes you should probably wait if you're planning on having another child soon.

I hope this helps!

Areolar reduction is not so easy

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Areolar reduction can be easy...or very hard, depending on how large the areolae are, how small of a reduction the patient needs, what surgeries they have had in the past (these affect blood supply) and what the shape of the breast is.

Performing a "simple areolar reduction" can flatten the breast, form large scars if the operation is aggressively performed. When a reduction in areolar size is contemplated, patients and their surgeons should consider whether this should be performed as a part of a breast lift or not. This in turn depends on the appearance of the breast, the measurements of the nipple height, and the desired result.

So, it's not so easy.

Women contemplating becoming pregnant in the near future should, if at all possible, avoid breast surgery until after their children.

Brent Moelleken, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 195 reviews

Areola Reduction

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Thank you for your question. Please make sure you find a reputable and qualified plastic surgeon who can assess you properly to give you a realistic idea of what outcome you can achieve.  Areola Reduction is performed under local anaesthetic, taking about 1-1.5 hours to perform, costing approximately £1500.  

The cost of the procedure and quickiness should not be a priority.  You should choose a surgeon due to his experience with performing areola reductions by accessing his work and reviews made by past patients.

All The Best 

Areola reduction quick?

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There are a variety of treatments for areola reduction depending on the body type of the patient.  Be cautious if is inexpensive because you will be better off going to an expert than saving a little money.

David Stoker, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 62 reviews

Cost for Areolar Reduction

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Wait until you are finished having babies or you just might have to redo your surgery. There are a number of factors that are involved in determining the price;

Areolar reduction prices vary greatly because the s a wide range of due to a number of variables including differing techniques that can be performed. My recommendation is to first find a few qualified surgeon  board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, that you trust, then compare prices between them. 

1. Location - Will it be performed in a hospital with an overnight stay, an independent out- patient facility or a doctors office? (doctor's office is least expensive)

2. Type of Anesthesia - local, IV sedation or General Anesthesia? Will a board certified anesthesiologist or a nurse anesthetist be used, or an RN? (local anesthesia will save you money)
      3. Experience and training of your surgeon. The best trained (and longest) would be a surgeon board  certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
      4. Length and Complexity of Surgery - how much will be removed, one or both sides,  will a lift also be done at the same time?, etc.


Areola reduction

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Yes, areola reduction surgery can be quick and inexpensive. You should be aware of the potential downsides with the procedure as well.

For example, it is important to know that the areola scar will always be noticeable (some more than others). This may be because the scar heals with too much or too little pigment or because the scar is raised. You should also be aware, that areola reduction surgery does carry other risks such as spreading of the areola, asymmetry, shape irregularity etc. in order to avoid disappointment, it behooves you to be aware of the worse case scenario and, armed with that...  more

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