Areola Reduction: There's More to Breast Surgery Than Implants

Mar 30, 2016 @ 04:53 PM — by blakebird
Tagged with: Breast Enhancement | Areola Reduction

A topless woman concealing her breastsDr. Craig Foster is a leading cosmetic surgeon based in Manhattan, offering advanced aesthetic enhancement to improve curves and fight signs of aging. Many patients who come to the practice are interested in breast implants and cosmetic reast surgery procedures.

Yet there's more to breast enhancement than just implants. Right now, we'd like to consider surgical options to help alter the size and prominence of the areolas.

Cosmetic Issues Caused by Large Areolas

If you have areolas that are very large, this can result in a number of aesthetic flaws, some of which may cause you to feel quite self-conscious about your appearance. This is especially true if you wear certain kinds of undergarments, bathing suits, or tops. Your areoals may be visible, resulting in some level of awkwardness in certain public places or social situations.

Thankfully there are options to reduce the size and prominence of large areolas.

About Areola Reduction Surgery

Areola reduction surgery is just what it sounds like. The procedure helps remove excess skin and tissue of the areolas, making them less prominent and better proportioned to the rest of a woman's breasts. The results are quite effective and look natural as well.

Good Candidates for Areola Reduction Surgery

Ideal candidates for areola reduction surgery are women who have issued with the size and prominence of their areolas and would like to have them altered. Patients should be in good overall health and not suffer from any sort of health condition that would make a surgery such as this a potential health risk. As such, patients should be made aware of the risks as well as the benefits of the procedure and have realistic expectations about the treatment process and what it entails.

How Is Areola Reduction Performed?

During areola reduction, a cosmetic surgeon makes a circular incision along the outer rim of the areola. Within that outer ring incision, the surgeon then creates an inner ring. The tissue between these concentric circles is removed and the remaining skin is sutured together, reducing the overall size of the areolas in the process.

Combining Areola Reduction with Other Breast Enhancement Procedures

Given the incisions made during areola reduction surgery, it can be performed in combination with a number of other breast enhancement procedures:

  • Breast Augmentation – There are many incision options for the placement of breast implants. Among them is an incision made around the areola.

  • Breast Lift – When making droopy or saggy breasts pert and perky, it's common for one of the incisions to be placed around the areola.

  • Breast Reduction – When a woman has pendulous breasts that are very large for her frame, the incisions are typically similar to those made for breast lift surgery. Areola reduction is not uncommon for these kinds of procedures.

Is There Scarring After Areola Reduction?

There is scarring after any surgery, but surgeons work carefully to ensure that it is as minimal as possible. The incision site is typically hard to see, with the scar fading over time. This is not the case for all patients, of course, given how genetics can affect healing.

During the consultation process, we can discuss various matters with regard to incisions and post-surgical scarring in greater detail so you can make the right decision with regard to your surgical options.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Craig Foster

For more information about areola reduction and your many other options for breast enhancement, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic plastic surgery center today. Dr. Craig Foster and his team are here to answer questions and address concerns as they arise.