Especially after pregnancy and breastfeeding, the areolas can become enlarged. For some patients, disproportionately large areolas can also occur as a result of aging or simply due to genetics. Whatever the case, it is common for patients to experience some degree of self-consciousness due to larger areolas. Thankfully, areola reduction is possible with the help of an experienced plastic surgeon. In the Detroit area, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Rifai offers patients renewed confidence through areola reduction surgery at Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery.
Areola reduction is a cosmetic surgery designed to reduce the circumference of the areola, or the pigmented skin surrounding the nipple. An areola reduction is a relatively simple procedure, allowing patients to recover quickly. However, choosing an experienced and board-certified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Rifai remains important to ensure you achieve natural-looking and satisfactory results safely. Areola reduction is often paired with other breast procedures such as a breast lift or breast reduction.
Areola reduction can be performed with local anesthesia alone unless it is performed in conjunction with another, more extensive surgery such as a breast lift which would require general anesthesia. The procedure is completed by removing excess skin from the perimeter of the areola in the shape of a donut. This is done in accordance with the desired shape and size of the new areola as determined by your consultation with Dr. Rifai. Once all excess skin is removed, the incisions are closed using a purse string suture. This ensures proper healing and minimal scar tissue, though some scarring will occur.
A talented, board-certified cosmetic surgeon with more than forty years of experience, Dr. Rifai uses only the finest equipment in our clean, state-of-the-art facility. Dr. Rifai knows that taking time to listen and learn about your expectations is essential to giving you the results you want. He will answer your questions and explain the treatment options in detail. Dr. Rifai is devoted to improving the way you look, the way you perceive yourself, and the way others see you.Meet Dr. Rifai
Most patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their areolas due to enlarged size are good candidates for areola reduction, provided that they are generally healthy overall. Because pregnancy and breastfeeding can affect the size of the areolas even after undergoing a surgery, you may be advised to wait until after having children for the procedure. However, areola reduction surgery does not impact the ability to breastfeed, as the milk ducts are unaffected by the procedure. Areola reduction is often performed in addition to other procedures, making breast lift or breast reduction patients common candidates for the procedure.
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“I had a wonderful experience at BCS from start to finish. Dr. Rifai did my surgery and he made sure to address every question or concern that I had. It is so nice to find a Surgeon who takes his time and makes you feel safe and sure about the whole process and an office that is so welcoming by every single staff member each time I am there. I love Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery and look forward to future appointments with Dr Rifai and his staff.”
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Recovery after areola reduction is minimal and most patients can return to their normal routines within a day or two of their surgery. After the procedure, bandages will be in place to cover the incision sites. Common symptoms can include redness and slight swelling. Discomfort should be minimal, with some patients reporting no pain at all. Dr. Rifai will provide specific aftercare instructions, including advice regarding any strenuous activities that should be avoided for a short time following the procedure. After areola reduction, patients typically find no loss in nipple sensation. Scarring should be minimal, though this can vary depending on a patient’s age, race, and other factors.
To learn more about areola reduction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Rifai. Call Birmingham Cosmetic Surgery at (248) 723-9370 or contact us online to set up your first appointment.