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Areola (Nipple) Reduction Surgery

Areola reduction or nipple correction surgery is a cosmetic procedure to correct inverted nipples, reduce enlarged nipples or have an areola reduction.

By Andrew Hatfield
Updated: 16th May 2024

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We have a team of Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons who offer tailored cosmetic procedures to suit individual needs, including inverted nipple surgery, nipple correction and areola reduction.

If you are considering nipple correction surgery you can book a consultation with one of our Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons to gain a full understanding of areola reduction surgery and a chance to raise any concerns you may have with the procedure/s.

If you would like to find out more, you can book a consultation with one of our Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons to discuss possible surgery. 

The most suitable type of surgery for you will be discussed at your appointment with your surgeon.


Q. Are there any risks or complications associated with nipple reduction surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. These may include infection, bleeding, scarring, changes in nipple sensitivity, uneven or asymmetrical results, and dissatisfaction with the aesthetic outcome. It’s important that you discuss these risks or complications with your consultant surgeon, during your initial consultation.

Q. Will there be any visible scars following the nipple reduction surgery?

The incisions made during areola reduction surgery are typically placed along the outer edge of the areola, which helps to minimize the visibility of scars. Over time, the scars tend to fade and become less noticeable. You will be provided with post-operative care instructions by your consultant surgeon to help promote better scar healing, such as avoiding sun exposure.

Q. What is the recovery process like after nipple reduction surgery?

After your surgery, you may experience mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the treated area. It is important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions, to avoid any further complications. This may include wearing a supportive bra, avoiding strenuous activities, and keeping the incision sites clean. Most individuals can return to their normal activities within a week or two, but complete healing may take several weeks.

Q. What should I do to prepare for my surgery?

It’s important to prepare for your surgery by following your consultant surgeon’s pre-operative instructions. They will provide you with a list of instructions to avoid further complications, including avoiding smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding shaving or waxing the area.

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