5. How is nipple reduction performed?
Breast-related cosmetic concerns, particularly among women who have nursed, include enlarged or prominent nipples. Nipple reduction is a procedure that is used to reduce nipples that are excessively large or prominent or nipples that are out of proportion to the rest of the breasts. Not only does the operation improve the appearance of large nipples, but it also reduces or eliminates chafing or irritation caused by the nipples rubbing against clothing.
Your surgeon can reduce the length and/or width of the nipples or the size of enlarged or puffy areolas.
Step One – Anesthesia
A local or general anesthesia is commonly used during nipple reduction surgery.
Step Two – The Incision
Your surgeon will cut a doughnut-shaped piece of tissue out of your areola. This incision will be made around the existing border of your areola, so the scar is easily hidden.
Step Three – Closing the Incision
Your new areola will be secured with a permanent suture deep inside your breast, and this will prevent the areola from stretching. Your incision will then be closed with removable or dissolvable sutures.
Step Four – See the Results
Areola reduction surgery has a quick recovery time. Even if there is some swelling and bruising, you should be able to return to work in one or two days.
You may not be able to appreciate the results of your areola reduction surgery for a few weeks. The outcomes are frequently obscured by the post-op swelling and bruising.
Your breasts will settle into their final position when the swelling goes down, and your areolas will appear smaller and more centered as a result of this. Your new areola will also have a ring-shaped scar around it. It can take up to a year for this to recover.