Patients may decide to undergo this surgery because they feel self-conscious, while others require the procedure for medical reasons such as difficulty breastfeeding. It can be performed on its own, or together with a breast lift, a breast reduction, or breast augmentation.
Anesthesia is used to numb the area during procedures. Nipple correction surgery may require removing skin around one’s nipple, pushing it back into place and sewing everything shut.
For women, areola reduction surgery shouldn’t be performed until breasts are completely done growing, usually by late teens or early 20s. Adolescent males may be able to have this procedure done at an earlier age.
It may take a few weeks before you are able to appreciate the final results of your areola reduction. An initial period of swelling and bruising often obscures the results.
As the swelling goes down, your breasts will settle into their final position. You’ll notice that your areolas appear smaller and more centered. You’ll also notice a ring-shaped scar around your new areola. This can take up to one year to heal.