What's the Best Procedure for Areola Reduction?

I want a procedure that is fast recovery and wont lose sensation? also if i want to prevent from stretching what are the options? thank you

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Areola reduction?

Thank you for the question.

Areola reduction  involves  circumferentially removing areola  skin  around a smaller areola design. This procedure can be done under local or general anesthesia. It is often  done as part of a brest augmenation/lift,  breast lift or breast reduction  procedure. If the areola are "puffy" (for example, as seen with constricted or tuberous breasts) some breast tissue excision may be helpful.

Patients should be aware that despite best efforts scarring will be visible and potentially abnormal ( possibly thick, raised and/or pigmented).  Some areola  asymmetry may also  be present after surgery.   Their  is  a small chance that  a patient may lose sensation.

As with all plastic surgical procedures, patients must weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks/complications  while making decisions.

I hope this, and the attached link, helps.

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Areolar reduction uses a circular excision technique

Reducing the size of one's areolas requires a ring or donut excision. By taking a rim of extra areolar tissue, the skin is brought inward in a circular manner. This will not change the feeling in one's nipple. But it will result in a fine line scar around the areola. Areolar reduction is actually very commonly done as it is one part of a complete breast reduction.

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
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Areola Reduction

Only real method id excision ad suturing. No guarantees ever with any surgery. Be sure you want this. Also a photo would help to further discuss, From MIAMI Dr. Darryl J. Blinski, 305 598 0091

Darryl J. Blinski, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Nipple Reduction Involves Scarring

The trade off in getting to a smaller areola is a ring like scar that goes all the way around the new smaller areola.

It goes by several names but "DONUT" scar really says it all for most patients

This scar at times can heal with hypopigmentation (white scar) or hyperpigmentation (dark scar)  The smaller nipple will almost always retain sensation since the nerves are not cut.  And since there is no interruption to the milk duct women can breast feed after this surgery.

With weight gain in the breast there may be some stretching out over time.

This is a great alternative to living with huge nipples.  It also tightens the skin and gives a mild lift at the same time.  If you can live with the scar and be happy with the fact that your nipples are more normal in size this should be your choice.

Phillip C. Haeck, MD
Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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