Introduction

It is completely normal to have different size and shaped areolar ( the pigmented area around the nipple). However, in some women the difference can be more noticeable and may cause considerable issues with confidence and relationships. However, there are surgical procedures that may be able to help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does it involve?

    Areola reduction surgery is performed by removing a circular area of the outer brown area of the areola. The skin surrounding this is then brought inwards in a purse string fashion to surround the areola. Absorbable stitches inside the areola are used to reduce the diameter and, in most cases, a permanent stitch placed deeply in the tissues to prevent widening of the areola occurring following surgery. To begin with, it is usual to have ruckling of the skin but this will settle over time and accelerated by regular massage of the scars. By using the permanent stitch it is very unlikely that you would get further widening of the areola and your nipples and the areola should stay in a smaller position.

  • What are the benefits?

    The benefits of areola reduction are a permanent reduction in the size of the areola with scarring limited to the junction of the brown skin and the surrounding normal skin of the nipple. 

  • How long does the surgery take?

    The procedure can be performed under either local or general anaesthetic as a day case, has a minimum down time and also has the other advantage of tightening up the breast skin.

  • How long before daily activities can be resumed?

    You will be able to return to sedentary activities (i.e. an office job or light duties) after a couple of days. Heavy physical activities and contact sports can be resumed following your post-surgery appointment with Mr Banwell.

  • What are the success rates?

    These operations have a high success rate, but, as everyone is different and the treatment plan will be individualized to every patient, the likely outcome you will obtain will be discussed directly with you.

Please contact Mr Banwell's office on 01342 330302 or email help@paulebanwell.com for further information.

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At a Glance

SURGERY TIME
60 - 90 Minutes

HOSPITAL STAY
Outpatients/Inpatient 1 night

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT
No

PRE ADMISSION TESTS
N

SLEEPING POSITION
Sleeping on back recommended for 4 weeks.

REASONABLY MOBILE
Immediately

WASHING
Shower after 1 day. Bath after 2 weeks.

DRIVING
1 week

EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM
8 weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY
Restricted activity after 4 weeks

FULL RECOVERY
2 weeks

TIME OFF WORK
None

BRAS & GARMENTS
Sports bra worn for 8 weeks. Wired bra after 2 months.

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