I need Nipple Repositioning and an areola reduction, Possible?
My areola’s are quite large and I would love to get them reduced. But I the same time I am assuming that they will need to be repositioned. Is that possible to complete at the same time? What type of healing is involved if both of those can be completed simultaneously?
Yes, it's possible to move the position of the nipple at the same time the areolae are being reduced. Without a direct consultation, however, it's impossible for me to confirm if your nipples would need to be moved as part of the areola reduction surgery.
Areola reduction is a relatively simple procedure in which excess skin is removed from the areolae. Scarring is limited to just the border area of the areola and the surrounding skin.
The recovery time is very short. You should be back to your usual work activities within a week of the surgery and able to exercise again within 3 weeks.
If your nipples do need to be repositioned, the complexity of the procedure depends on a few different factors: In general, breast surgery to raise nipples to a higher location on the breast mound isn’t complex, however, moving a high-riding nipple to a lower location can be more challenging.
The recovery time for nipple repositioning is similar to a mini breast lift. You may be able to return to work within a week, but for some it will take longer. Within a couple months you should be fully recovered.
Be sure to visit a plastic surgeon who has a good aesthetic eye -- someone who understands the aesthetic proportions of the areola size to the breast shape and size of the breast mound. I encourage you to review before and after photographs and choose a surgeon who has specific experience in areola reduction and nipple repositioning.
Unless you have low nipples or other nipple malposition an areola reduction surgery does not necessarily require nipple repositioning.
Areola reduction surgery without moving the nipple position is a relatively basic surgery that can be performed under a local anesthetic. Recovery time from areola reduction nipple surgery is quite short compared to other more invasive cosmetic procedures.
If your cosmetic surgeon confirms that your nipples need to be moved, the procedure would be more complex and the recovery time longer.
In regards to your question: Moving your nipples to a more normal position can be done at the same time as an areola reduction. The two procedures are frequently done simultaneously as part of a breast lift.
If we reposition the nipples, full recovery typically takes a couple months after surgery. Keep in mind that nipple sensation may take even longer to return, it could be a few months before you feel sensation returning to the nipple areola complex. There’s also a slight risk nipple sensation will be permanently decreased.
Always remember to consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon for best results.
Dr. Neil Zemmel has 2 Breast augmentation, Breast lift before & afters:
Depending on how big they are and how much repositioning is necessary, this can usually be done quite easily. And yes, they can be done simultaneously. The healing is similar to what it would be for a breast lift, which shouldn't be too long. Meet with your PS to go over the plan and discuss the specifics. Best of luck!
Nipple repositioning and areola reduction may be like a mini breast lift. The overall breast shape and nipple position on the mound of the breast should be considered. I would recommend you see a board certified Plastic Surgeon who will work with with the beauty of your breast not just the size.
Dr. Richard Mouchantat has 3 Breast augmentation, Breast lift before & afters: