Going Through Areola Reduction

Women who are uncomfortable with the appearance of their areolas (the pigmented skin that surrounds your nipples) may consider areola reduction surgery. Some women may have larger, or too puffy, areolas than normal as a result of breastfeeding, breast implants, genetics, or massive weight loss. Whatever the case is, areola reduction surgery can be the solution to this concern.

What to Expect: During and After Surgery

Areola reduction surgery is usually done in an outpatient department, which means that you may be able to go home shortly following treatment. During surgery, you will likely be under light sedation with local or general anesthesia. The treatment could take up to two hours to complete.

Once your surgeon is done closing the incisions on your breasts, your recovery will immediately start. Some scarring could occur, but your surgeon will make sure they are hidden around the areola’s edge. After treatment, you may be asked to have someone to drive you home since anesthesia and sedation could still affect your senses.

Listen carefully to the post-treatment instructions that your doctor will give you. Usually, you will be allowed to shower a day after treatment and permitted to resume daily activities after a few days. Unlike other cosmetic treatments, the results of areola reduction surgery are permanent. Your stitches will most likely be removed in about a week after surgery.

Areola Reduction: What Are the Risks?

As with any other surgery, an areola reduction also poses several risks. These risks include:

  • Infection
  • Anesthesia complications
  • Hematoma or blood clot
  • Tissue death
  • Seroma, which is a collection of fluid beneath your skin
  • Scarring
  • Permanent loss of sensation
  • Asymmetry in the cosmetic results

Areola Reduction Surgery in Utah

The risks associated with areola reduction can be minimized by letting a qualified plastic surgeon perform the procedure. To learn more about areola reduction surgery, request an appointment with Dr. Yates today. Call us at (801) 525-8741 or fill out this online form to contact Dr. Yates. We look forward to hearing from you!

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