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Fast Facts About Areola Reduction

  • Written by Roselen
  • Published in Beauty

Areola Reduction, a fairly common procedure in the cosmetic world


What is an Areola?

Areola is different from nipples. The areola is the dark and pigmented skin around your nipples. These patch of skin may come in all shapes and sizes just like your breasts. But then many women tend to have theirs operated on because at some point it may become puffy, enlarged and stands out too much.

The process of reducing it is called Areola Reduction, a fairly common procedure in the cosmetic world. The enlargement of the areola may be due to the following causes:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breast feeding
  • Breasts sagging
  • Weight gain
  • Genetics

During pregnancy, breast size may change. After giving birth, the breast feeding process will further have an effect in your breasts and areolas. To add to that, your genetic makeup is another factor. Areola tends to be puffy and enlarged after a long time of breast feeding. That is why many women are hoping to reduce aerola through surgeries.

Who can be a Candidate for Areola Reduction?

Most often, women who had given birth and have enlarged areola are the candidates for the procedure. Also women who have a disproportionate breasts and areola can be accommodated for the procedure too. As long as the doctor will say otherwise, then you can go on and undergo the procedure.

Where can you get an Areola Reduction?

Clinics, hospitals or other medical facilities, these should be credited and run by licensed individuals as well. You doctor or surgeon should be well trained and has enough knowledge on the procedure. Usually, doctors who are specializing in the procedure have their own clinics too. This clinics or hospitals should be well equipped by necessary machines and equipment too.

When can you undergo the Procedure?

As long as your doctor signals that it’s okay to undergo it already. Bets time is when you are not breast feeding anymore and you are ready for it. You can undergo it if you already booked yourself with clinics or have already met the requirements for the surgery set by the doctors or clinics you consulted.

Why will you need it?

The procedure is mostly undergone by women because of the standard of beauty they wish to meet. Or it might be because they want to return it back to its appearance once. Another reasons is your personal choice, if you think that you don’t like the way it stands in your breast, then you are entitle to undergo the procedure.

Fast Facts

  • Your areola will stretch due to breast sagging.
  • Your areola just like your breasts isn’t exactly symmetrical.
  • Areolas can darken after or during pregnancy.
  • Your breasts contain your body’s 3.5% fat.
  • Areola reduction is usually done in conjunction with breast reduction and augmentation.
  • Areola reduction makes sue of incisions around the edge of the areola
  • Areola reduction scars fades over time.
  • Areola tattooing and micro pigmentation are sought by many to remove the lightened areas caused by the surgery scars.
  • Areola reduction is on outpatient basis.
  • The procedure can only last for 1 – 2 hours.
  • The cost estimate is $5,000 (AUD).

Possible Risks and Complication You May Encounter with Areola Reduction procedure

You would often hear that risks and complications are always present in all procedures that are medical in nature. But then this may be minimized and be remedied. Minimized or avoided if you have chosen a good doctor and remedied through a good post-operative care.

Numbness and the loss of sensitivity should be anticipated but it will vanish and only temporary. The sensitivity of the nipples may be felt uncomfortable but later on it will be okay. If you have no intention of breast feeding further or giving birth any further, then you are good to go with this procedure.

Certain conditions such as imbalanced areola size can be possible, but corrective surgery can remedy it. Ask your doctor about that provision. If scarring and pigmentation occurs, you can opt to have the micro pigmentation procedure or undergo a scar fading treatment.


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