The areola of the breast may naturally be or become excessively large for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, due to developmental differences, one breast may look tuberous (shaped like an onion or beet) and have a large areola. Other causes of large diameter areolas include excessively large breasts or saggy breasts, which grew with pregnancy and have residual large areolas. Regardless of the cause, we perform excellent procedures to reduce areola diameter and keep them from enlarging again after surgery.
There are several different surgical methods we use to reduce large nipples while preserving nipple sensation, appearance and function.
Prior to any surgery, a complete medical history is taken in order to evaluate our patient’s general health. Dr. Chernoff will do a thorough examination to determine the most effective surgical approach. He will describe the type of anesthesia to be used, the procedure, what results might realistically be expected, and the possible risks and complications.
Pain connected with the nipple reduction procedure is mild to moderate, but is controlled with oral medication. Daily showers and antibiotics will be continued to prevent infection. Instructions for the day of surgery include rest and limited activities. Dr. Chernoff will determine when normal activities can be resumed; however, weight training and aerobic exercise must be avoided for a period of time. Swelling, bruising, numbness and over sensitivity around the surgical area may occur but these conditions are usually temporary.
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