Areola Reduction Before & After Photo Gallery
Areola Reduction Before & After Pictures
Areola Reduction is used to reduce the amount of pigmented skin around the nipples. To be clear, the nipple is central portion of the areola that normally sticks out from the breast. The areola is only the pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple. Areola Reduction decreases the diameter of the pigmented skin around the nipple; while Nipple Reduction decreases the diameter and/or projection of the nipple. Nipple Reduction is an option when the nipple sticks out (projects) too far, or when the nipple diameter is too big. Nipple Reduction and Areola Reduction are independent procedures; however, when appropriate, the two procedures are often combined.
Areola Reduction is performed by removing the excess pigmented areolar skin from the outer circumference and advancing the normal breast skin toward the nipple. This reduces the diameter of the areolae and can help restore the proportion of the nipple areolar complex (NAC) with respect to the size of the breast. Most often, this is performed using a periareolar incision, which leaves a scar that runs around the outer aspect of the areolae, along the junction between the pigmented areolar skin and the normal breast skin. For larger reductions, or when the nipple is sagging, an areolar reduction is combined with a breast lift, like a Vertical Breast Lift or an Inverted-T Breast Lift. Areola Reduction is also performed during Breast Reduction Surgery to maintain aesthetic proportions. Smaller breasts require smaller NACs.
Areola Reduction using a periareolar scar works best when the areolae are flat and the size is close to the desired result. For larger areolar reductions, a vertical lift may work better. If your areolae are puffy, you may have a variant of tubular breasts. The correction of even moderately puffy nipples is often possible with just an Areola Reduction or as part of a Periareolar Lift. For more pronounced Tubular Breast Deformities, additional, alternative or complementary procedures may be recommended.
Areola Reduction Before and After Photos
Above, you will find a gallery of our Areola Reduction Before and After Pictures. These pictures are of actual patients who have had their plastic surgery by Dr. Joseph Mele, MD, FACS, at our San Francisco Bay Area plastic surgery center. While our Areola Reduction Before and After Photos can serve as a guide to what is possible with cosmetic surgery, individual results will vary.
What To Look For In Areola Reduction Before And After Photos
What does Areola Reduction surgery accomplish? Below are selected Areola Reduction Before and After Photos that demonstrate several techniques and procedures that include Areola Reduction. Some procedures are solely for reducing the areolae, while others demonstrate Areola Reduction as part of another procedure like the Breast Lift, Breast Reduction, or Gynecomastia Reduction, also known as male Breast Reduction.
Areola Reduction Before and After Pictures: Example 1
Areola Reduction Before and After Photos: The primary goal of an Areola Reduction is to reduce the area of the pigmented skin that surrounds the nipple. This patient had Areola Reduction combined with Breast Augmentation and a Breast Lift.
Before: This patient was unhappy with her large areolae and deflated breasts. Her nipples were located near the bottom of the breasts and were surrounded by disproportionately large areolae. Additionally, she felt her breasts were too small and too saggy. A Breast Augmentation Lift with Areola Reduction was recommended to create firmer, larger and elevated breasts, with a smaller nipple areolar complex (NAC).
After: The areolae were lifted and reduced to create perky, youthful breasts. The breasts were tightened with a lift and enlarged with a breast implant. This type of Breast Augmentation Lift is known as an inverted-T or anchor lift, due to the shape of the scar. She has scars around the areolae (periareolar) from the reduction and elevation, a vertical scar beneath each nipple to close the area which the nipple and areola used to occupy and an incision under the breasts to remove the loose, excess skin from the bottom of the breasts. The periareolar scar is always necessary for Areola Reduction, but in some cases the vertical scar and the scar beneath the breasts can be eliminated.
Areola Reduction Before and After Pictures: Example 2
Areola Reduction Before and After Photos: The patient above had Areola Reduction combined with Breast Reduction.
Before: This patient's breasts got larger with each pregnancy, especially the right one. She complained of large areolae and breasts as well as neck and back pain.
After: Areola Reduction was combined with Breast Reduction, also known as Reduction Mammoplasty. The combination reduced the size of her areolae and breasts, improved her breast asymmetry and relieved her neck and back pain.
Areola Reduction Before and After Pictures: Example 3
Areola Reduction Before and After Photos: Areola reduction is also performed for men and may be combined with Gynecomastia Reduction or male Breast Reduction surgery.
Before: This patient had projecting or "puffy" nipples. This is often due to the benign growth of breast tissue behind the nipple. The growth fills the areolae and is often a source of embarrassment for men both in and out of clothing. In this case, the excess breast tissue was removed and the areolae reduced via a periareolar incision.
After: The excess breast tissue causing the "puffy" nipples was removed with Gynecomastia Reduction. The incisions were made around the circumference of the areolae. The same periareolar incisions were used to perform the Gynecomastia Reduction and to reduce the size of the areolae.
Areola Reduction Before and After Pictures: Example 4
Areola Reduction Before and After Photos: Areola Reduction was used to reduce the size of the pigmented skin around the nipple during this Breast Reduction.
Before: This patient complained of large breasts and enlarged areolae. A combination of Breast Reduction and Areola Reduction was used to reduce both the areolae and the breasts.
After: The patient has more proportional areolae and breasts after Breast Reduction and Areola Reduction.
Areola Reduction Before and After Pictures: Example 5
Areola Reduction Before and After Photos: This Areola Reduction was combined with a Breast Lift scar.
Before: Areolar reduction is often performed as part of a Breast Lift. In this case, the patient complained of heavy, pendulous breasts but was happy with the size.
After: Areolar Reduction with a Breast Lift was performed to reduce the areolae and to lift and firm the breasts. An incision below the breasts was combined with the typical periareolar scar used for Areola Reduction. A vertical scar was not necessary.
Areola Reduction Before and After Pictures: Example 6
Areola Reduction Before and After Photos: Areola Reduction can also be combined with Nipple Reduction for cases when the nipple is too large or too projecting.
Before: This patient complained of large areolae and large nipples. The nipple is the central raised skin. In his case, the nipple was large enough to be easily seen through clothing, and was hard to disguise. He desired smaller areolae and smaller, flatter nipples.
After: The patient had an Areola Reduction and a Nipple Reduction at the same time. The Areola Reduction reduced the amount of pigmented skin surrounding the nipple, while the nipple reduction reduced the diameter and projection of the central nipple. Now he can wear fitted shirts, without worrying about his nipples sticking out.
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