How expensive and long is areola reduction procedure?
My nipples are larger than normal and I would like to have them adjusted. I am 33 and still want to have kids but some people say the procedure is pretty simple and quick. Should I just get it done now and if I have kids fix things up afterwards as well? Money is not the issue here.
Yes this is a pretty simple procedure if you are actually looking to reduce the projection of the nipple (the central projecting part). Reducing the areola is a bit more challenging depending on the presence of any prior scars (for instance, have you had a lift or other cosmetic procedure on the breast, or no prior surgery) and the size of the areola vs your goal. It may be difficult to reduce the areola into just a smaller circle if it is very large; sometimes it needs a little linear incision going down from the areola to try to "distribute" the tension of the closure along a more relaxed set of lines. Photos and an in-person consultation are usually the best approach to assessing, although remote video consultation is also feasible for most patients.
The procedure might be able to be performed under local anesthesia, again depending on whether we are talking about nipple reduction, slight reduction of the areola vs. major areolar reduction.
The timing of such surgery usually depends on how bothersome it is to you. Consider this: many many, and perhaps most, women who have cosmetic breast surgery (like augmentation or reduction) do so before having children, to get "as much mileage" out of their initial surgery as possible. It's a highly personal decision.
We have a dedicated nipple surgery page here:
Hope this helps. Let us know if you'd like more information.
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