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When is Areola Reduction Needed?

Reviewed by Charles Young, MD
When is Areola Reduction Needed?

Although areolas generally differ in size, color and shape, some people find their areolas so big and embarrassing that they end up opting for areola reduction surgery to change them.  


What are the Main Areola Abnormalities?

 

Big and Wide Areolas  

Studies show that areolas are around 4.7cm on average. However, a lot of people's areolas are wider than this. In these cases, the person might be deemed suitable for areola reduction surgery in order to reduce their areolas' diameter back to 4.7cm. Keep in mind that the areola's perfect diameter may depend on what your underlying bust looks like, too, though. Generally speaking, it simply has to look proportionate to your chest.  

Raised or Domed Areolas  

Several people have domed or raised areolas because their breast tissue moves forwards and pushes their areolas along with it. This is usually related to conditions like tubular or tuberous breast abnormalities and can easily be treated with breast tissue reduction and areola reduction.


Surface Abnormalities  

Several people might notice variations in color when it comes to their areolas or they might see small nodules appearing on their surfaces as small glands. Well, surgery can be used to reduce these glands or completely remove them.


Non-Circular Areolas

In the perfect world, every areola would be circular. However, some people have areolas that are slightly oval in shape instead. In these cases, the areolas can be reduced to make them look more circular.  


What Does the Surgery Entail?

 

Areola reduction surgery basically entails getting rid of a circular area within the areola's outer area. The skin that surrounds this area will then be brought inwards to surround it.  Absorbable stitches will also be used inside the areola itself to reduce its diameter and a lot of the time, permanent stitches will be placed deep inside the tissues, as well, in order to prevent the areola from widening after the surgery.  

These permanent stitches will generally ensure that you no longer experience areola widening in the future. They will also ensure that your areolas and your nipples always remain in the same small position.

If you are currently having doubts about what your areolas will look like in the end, don't worry. You can see before shots and after shots at your medical consultation. This way, you can see the different results that your surgeon of choice has previously achieved with his patients and get a good idea of what you can expect out of your potential surgery at the same time.  


What are the Benefits of the Surgery?  

 

The main benefit of this surgery would be the permanent reduction of your areolas' size. Plus, the scarring will be limited to the brown skin's junction and your nipples' surrounding skin.  

While getting your areola reduction surgery done, you will also go under general or local anesthetic. Additionally, you won't have to go through too much downtime and your breast skin will become tighter and make your breasts and nipples look perkier, in general.

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