Areola Reduction at CREO Clinic
Areola reduction is a cosmetic surgery that reshapes and reduces the size of the areolas (the pigmented skin that encircles the nipples). The surgery provides patients with areolas that are symmetrical and proportionate to the size of their breasts.
As a plastic surgeon specialising in areola reduction among a range of other body contouring surgeries, Dr Omar Tillo has mastered the skills for performing areola reductions that leave behind minimal scars. With hundreds of procedures under his belt, he has the expertise to tailor the procedure according to the patient’s anatomy, taking into account the shape of the breast and condition of the skin, among a range of other factors to produce a seamless result.
If you are dissatisfied with the size and shape of your areolas, book a consultation with Dr Tillo at the CREO clinic to discuss a bespoke procedure for resolving your cosmetic concerns.
Surgery time1 Hour
Hospital time6 Hours
Full recovery2 weeks
Benefits of Areola Reduction Surgery
Large areolas might be due to genetics, weight gain, or pregnancy that expands the nipples and areolas. Patients that perceive their areolas to be disproportionately large or asymmetrical will benefit from areola reduction surgery, which will reduce the size of the areolas to make them proportionate to the patient’s breast or chest.
Areola reduction is a bespoke surgery as the surgeon can reshape and resize the areolas according to the patient’s requirements. For example, the surgery can reduce the circumference of the areolas or give them a more circular appearance. In addition, you can combine the surgery with other procedures such as breast augmentation and breast reduction to achieve your ideal aesthetic.
Areola Reduction Before and Afters
Areola Reduction Cost in London
In general, prices for bilateral areola reduction surgery in London costs £3,750. The cost of areola reduction varies according to the complexity of the surgery. You will receive the exact price of your surgery during a consultation with Dr Tillo, where you will discuss a surgical solution for achieving your desired results.
Areola Reduction Procedure
Areola reduction is usually performed under local anaesthesia and lasts about one hour. Typically, the surgeon makes two circular incisions around the outer edges of the areola to remove the skin in between. However, the shape and size of the incisions will vary depending on your desired results. Afterwards, the surgeon stitches the remaining skin together with dissolvable sutures and a permanent stitch that prevents that areola from widening.
Immediately after your areola reduction in London, you may notice bruising, swelling, and numbness around the nipples and areolas. These post-surgical side-effects will significantly reduce within the first week after the surgery and completely dissipate within six weeks. However, most patients can return to work within 1-2 days and resume strenuous exercises two weeks after the surgery.
Once you remove your dressings, you will notice an immediate reduction in the size of your areola. However, it may take up to six weeks before you can appreciate the final results of your surgery. By this time, the post-surgical side effects will have largely subsided, and your breast tissue will have settled. Furthermore, you can expect scars from the surgery to fade within a year.
Areola Reduction and Breast Augmentation
Breast augmentation is a surgery that increases the size of the breasts. At the London-based CREO clinic, we perform breast augmentation using implants, fat transfer, or a combination of both (known as composite breast augmentation). Many patients combine areola reduction and breast augmentation, particularly after a pregnancy, which leaves women with enlarged areolas and deflated breasts.
Areola Reduction and Breast Reduction
Breast reduction is a surgery that reduces the size of the breasts by removing and reshaping breast tissue. In addition to being a cosmetic concern for many women, disproportionately large breasts also result in physical symptoms such as back pain and rashes that the surgery can alleviate. Many patients combine breast reduction with areola reduction to make their areolas proportionate to their reduced breast size.
Areola Reduction FAQ
Is areola reduction permanent?
Yes, an areola reduction permanently reduces the size of the areolas. However, pregnancy or significant weight gain may affect the results of your surgery.
Who is a good candidate for areola reduction surgery?
Your surgeon will assess your suitability for the surgery during a consultation. In general, most men and women with no underlying medical conditions who have disproportionately large or asymmetrical areolas that they wish to correct are good candidates for the procedure.
Does areola reduction surgery leave scars?
Areola reduction surgery leaves behind a scar, usually around the borders of the areola, where the surgeon makes the incision. You can expect the scar to flatten and fade between 6-12 months.
Does areola reduction surgery affect breastfeeding?
No, areola reduction will not affect your ability to breastfeed. If performed correctly, the surgery will not damage the milk ducts underneath the nipples.
Is areola reduction worth it?
Disproportionately large areolas, whether due to genetics, weight loss, or pregnancy, are a cosmetic concern for many people. Therefore, most patients consider areola reduction to be a worthwhile procedure as it improves the appearance of their breasts and delivers permanent results. Furthermore, it is a relatively quick procedure with short downtime.