Dr. Hootan Daneshmand

Areola Reduction Surgery in Bakersfield, CA

Areola Reduction Plastic Surgery

So much of the attention is placed on breast enhancement, such as breast augmentations or breasts lifts, that addressing the nipple or areola area can create a more aesthetically pleasing look. 

Board-Certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Hootan Daneshmand, MD can provide patients with an overall better breast appearance by simply moving or reducing the size of the nipple via areola reduction surgery. 

By now we all know that body parts come in all shapes and sizes, and just as womens’ breasts vary in shape and size, so do their areolas. Unfortunately, many women (and even men) with enlarged areolas are often uncomfortable or insecure with their breasts. In these cases, areola reduction surgery is possible for those who seek it.

If you’re considering areola reduction surgery in Orange County, our professionals at Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute will give you a basic understanding of the procedure and what you can expect from it.

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Why Areola Reduction?

As with any type of plastic surgery, there are often more noticeable traits that lead patients to want a specific plastic surgery procedure. A few reasons to get an areola reduction include:

Puffy Areolas

Sometimes, excess breast tissue will push the areola area forward, giving the appearance of puffy areolas. This can usually been seen in tuberous breasts, which is a genetic condition in which the base of the breast is narrow, giving a tubular breast appearance. 

Puffy nipples or areolas can certainly be addressed in an areola reduction surgery with or without a lift or  breast reduction

Noncircular Areolas

For the most part, nipples are round. But, in some cases, they may be abnormally shaped or oval. 

An areola reduction surgery can help to make your nipple area appear to be more circular. This can also be done with or without addressing other issues.

Asymmetrical Areolas

One areola may be larger than the other one. In this case, Dr. Daneshmand would reduce the size of the larger areola to match the smaller one. 

Inverted Nipples

This condition causes the nipple to retract into the breast, as opposed to pointing outward. This can cause milk ducts to tether inside of the breast. 

Nipple inversion can occur to genetics, breastfeeding or sagging breasts.

To fix this, Dr. Daneshmand will make a small incision at the base of the nipple to release the fibers that are pulling at the nipple. 

Areola Reduction Procedure

How Does Areola Reduction Work?

Areola reduction surgery is commonly performed in conjunction with another breast surgery, such as a breast lift<< or breast reduction surgery. However, it can be performed as a minor surgical procedure on its own, as well. When performed separately from other procedures, the areola reduction surgery may take approximately 45 minutes to an hour.  The surgery itself is a relatively simple procedure. While you are under local anesthesia, your surgeon will make incisions around your areola. The incisions are made to be as inconspicuous and hidden as possible. Then, excess tissue from the areola will be removed. The new areola will be secured with a permanent suture inside your breast which will prevent it from stretching. Using either removable or dissolvable stitches, your surgeon will close the incision site and the procedure will conclude.

How Much is Areola Reduction Surgery?

The price of areola reduction surgery depends on many different factors. To get the best estimate, one must take into account the extent of their procedure, the geographic location in which it takes place, and the experience of the surgeon performing the surgery, among other things. With all things considered, areola reduction surgery on its own can be anywhere between $1,000 to $5,000.  Because there are no real health issues related to the size of the areola, insurance does not cover this kind of procedure, so you will have to pay out-of-pocket.

How Much Does a Breast Lift and Areola Reduction Cost?

When performing an areola reduction in conjunction with another procedure, such as a breast lift, you can expect to pay much more than you would for an areola reduction alone. The cost of breast augmentations in California can vary greatly. The best way to determine what you should expect to pay for a breast lift and areola reduction is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Daneshmand directly.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From Areola Reduction?

Most patients who receive an areola reduction are able to return to work and normal activities the very next day following the procedure. However, it is advisable that you wait at least a week before returning to rigorous activity such as exercise or sexual activity.  It is common to experience bruising, numbness, and swelling during this time. This should subside between two to six weeks after the procedure. Any pain you may experience in the days immediately following surgery should be easily manageable with pain medication. Any scarring that remains will be extremely minimal, as opposed to other more invasive procedures such as breast lift scarring.

How Old Do You Have to Be to Get an Areola Reduction?

It is generally recommended that patients wait until they are at least 18 years of age before undergoing areola reduction surgery. This is due to the fact that both women and men are still growing and their bodies are still changing before they reach this age. Before any surgical alterations are done to the body, it’s important to give it enough time to develop naturally, as additional growth after the fact might reduce the surgery’s effectiveness.

Does Your Areola Get Bigger After a Breast Augmentation?

Many people assume that if they receive a breast augmentation to increase the size of their breasts, their areolas will also increase in size. This is not actually the case, as the areolas typically do not change in size following a breast augmentation. It is possible that the areolas might stretch slightly due to the breasts having more volume, but it is not common for them to get significantly bigger. 

You may notice some swelling in the weeks following a breast augmentation that can contribute to your areolas looking larger or puffier, but this typically subsides over time.

Best Areola or Nipple Reduction Plastic Surgeon in California

When it comes down to it, the only way to change the size or appearance of your areola is to undergo areola reduction surgery.

Dr. Hootan Daneshmand at Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute specializes in cosmetic surgery and breast augmentation in Orange County, such as areola reduction surgery. He is also an active member of the Breast Care Center in South Orange County and is on staff at multiple hospitals in the area. His ability to provide excellence in the field of plastic surgery has earned him admiration from both patients and colleagues in his region.

To schedule your complimentary consultation, give us a call at 949-359-8397 today!