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Areola Reduction

Areola reduction is a popular procedure in the UK.  It is completely normal to have different size and shaped areolar ( the pigmented area around the nipple). But 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.

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Areola Reduction
At a Glance

60 - 90 Minutes

SURGERY TIME

Areola Reduction
At a Glance

Outpatients/Inpatient 1 night

HOSPITAL STAY

Areola Reduction
At a Glance

No

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT

Areola Reduction
At a Glance

No

PRE ADMISSION TESTS

Areola Reduction
At a Glance

Sleeping on back recommended for 4 weeks.

SLEEPING POSITION

Areola Reduction
At a Glance

Immediately

REASONABLY MOBILE

Areola Reduction
At a Glance

Shower after 1 day. Bath after 2 weeks.

WASHING

Areola Reduction
At a Glance

1 week

DRIVING

Areola Reduction
At a Glance

8 weeks

EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM

Areola Reduction
At a Glance

Restricted activity after 4 weeks

SEXUAL ACTIVITY

Areola Reduction
At a Glance

2 weeks

FULL RECOVERY

Areola Reduction
At a Glance

None

TIME OFF WORK

Areola Reduction
At a Glance

Sports bra worn for 8 weeks. Wired bra after 2 months.

BRAS & GARMENTS

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

I was treated with the utmost care and respect and the team were very kind and supportive. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. I am very pleased with the results of my surgery and would thoroughly recommend to others.

I decided to have treatment with Mr Banwell due to recommendations from other healthcare professionals and knowledge of his surgical skills. My expectations were for reduced ptosis and fuller breasts, my expectations were exceeded. Mr Banwell provided me with honest and realistic expectations for my clinical outcome. I found it a very positive experience. I was originally very apprehensive about undertaking a cosmetic procedure and questioned the need for proceeding, but following my breast augmentation I have much more self confidence and I realise that I’d underestimated how much the ptosis had been getting to me. The outcome has been fantastic! Thank you.


Sharon B.

Procedure was quick, pain fee and I was made to feel at ease. I would highly recommend Mr Banwell, he provided an honest opinion of the result and all the options. I barely have a scar to speak of! Great result.


Claire H.

I went to see Mr Banwell to get reassurance about the moles and blemishes which have been steadily growing since I was a young adult. 30 years ago we were not aware of the dangers of the sun and burning on holiday way an annual ritual. Thankfully we are all now aware that the sun damage can cause skin cancer and the changes in my moles mean I have a precautionary approach, particularly as older family members have had tumours removed. Paul knows exactly what he was looking for and studied each and every mole methodically. The two he highlighted for treatment were two of the least innocuous (in my opinion) which surprised me. Clearly to the trained eye they needed removal. I have since had an excision of one and due to have photo dynamic therapy treatment for the small red mark on my nose later this year. Without seeing Paul, this minor irritation would have been left and could possibly have created problems later in life. I advocate regular checks for anyone with moles and skin blemishes. The technology now is so impressive and it makes absolutely sense to take full advantage of Paul’s expertise.


Gabrielle S.

My expectations were fully met when I went to see Mr Banwell for the first time and he went through very carefully what he would be doing and giving me a realistic prognosis which was what I wanted. He came over as a very thorough and caring person. The skin graft was a complete success and although quite a large area, it is exceptionally neat and gives me no concern. On two further occasions I noticed lumps in other areas, and on getting in touch, appointments were made and Paul removed them immediately, once again very neatly. The after care is also extremely important to me and I have never been disappointed. Luckily I don’t know anybody going through the same thing as me but I would have no reservations in telling them to go and see Paul, as his thoughtfulness and care and attention throughout is excellent, he treats you as an individual. I would also say that I consider him now to be a friend as well as a surgeon. Whenever I am on the phone making future appointments his staff are always friendly, helpful, cheerful and willing to chat, but if you need any reassurance at any time they’re there for you.


Nicky S.

I was extremely happy with the care I received; all the staff were polite, friendly and caring. I felt totally at ease and everything was very efficient.  I am very happy with the outcome and I would have no hesitation about recommending Mr Banwell. I fact I already have to 2 people! Thank you.


Gemma P.

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