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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.

The surgery is very neat with minimal scarring.

I am so happy with the results of my surgery.

My care was efficient and well taken care of, the outcome of my surgery couldn’t be more perfect, I’m so pleased. My surgery has given me a new found confidence in my body in a way I never thought I could feel.


Amelia P.

The team at the McIndoe Surgical Centre who looked after me were very friendly and helpful. They calmed me down and put to rest any last minute concerns. I love the outcome of the surgery and would definitely recommend Mr Banwell to other people.


Francesca L.

I am writing to let you know that I was very pleased with the recent surgery to remove several moles on my face, neck and back. The whole process was carried out very efficiently.  The mole on my face has almost completely disappeared already.  The post-operative information was most helpful, although the leaflet I was given varied slightly from your verbal instructions. However, you accurately told me what to expect.  I have no hesitation in recommending your work to other people.  The on site staff were all friendly and helpful throughout.


Pamela H.

We just wanted to say a big thanks you again to you and your team for making our experience so much better than we could have ever imagined. You and your team were so professional and friendly which really put us at ease from our very first appointment. This definitely gave us the confidence to finally have the surgery we’ve wanted for such a long time. We’re both extremely happy with the results. Thanks again.


Gill W.

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