Whether caused by genetics or hormones, massive weight loss, pregnancy or nursing, the areolas can change in size and shape over time leaving patients dissatisfied with how they look. Beverly Hills board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jaime Schwartz visits with patients who are unhappy with the appearance of their areolas, the pinkish brown area of skin that surrounds the nipple. The areola can become wide and stretched, and in some cases bumpy and raised. Cosmetic breast surgery can decrease the areola size and create an appealing shape that is proportionate and natural in appearance. This surgery is common for both men and women, and under the skilled and experienced eye of Dr. Schwartz, areola reduction is considered easy and effective for transforming the look of the breasts.
Areola Reduction Reviews
"I truly had a great experience - I truly had a great experience with Dr. Schwartz and his team that exceeded my expectations when going through the beginning to end process of my breast augmentation, lift and areola reconstruction surgery. They were professional, informative and always pleasant making my experience one that was memorable. Dr. Schwartz always answered my questions in detail and made sure that I was comfortable..."- V. / RealSelf / Apr 23, 2017
"Aug Replacement and Reduction of Nipples - Beverly Hills, CA - Kind, considerate, focused, interested, attentive and pro-active. In other words, we actually had a conversation. Unlike most men. Sorry guys !"- G. / RealSelf / Jun 15, 2015
"Breast Reconstruction - Beverly Hills, CA - Dr. Jaime Schwartz has given me such a great experience from start to finish with my breast reconstruction surgery. Since it was a revision I was very nervous, because I did not have satisfactory results with my first surgeon. By the time I found Dr. Schwartz my breast were too large for my body and extremely saggy from my original implants, which had stretched out my skin and nipples. Dr...."- K. / RealSelf / Jul 30, 2016
"Well, what can I say... My experience was amazing! Dr. Schwartz did a breast argumentation for me. After having two kids I really felt that I needed it. Everyone in his office is really nice and willing to help! Dawn his assistant is reachable 24/7 which is very important and always answering all the questions. About the surgery.... First of all, I really afraid of all the procedures and doctors, but the whole office staff made my experience amazing from beginning to the end, helped me to relax and enjoy it. The moment I woke up after surgery I've felt perfect. I was really afraid that it will hurt, but guess what I didn't take any pain meds at all! I didn't need it! Yes, there is a little discomfort my mostly because you are wrapped up. The same day I had surgery I was able to work a little bit and play with kids. I felt perfect! I'm almost one week past surgery and can't wait to see the changes! Dr. Schwartz did an amazing job, exactly what I wanted and really natural! I want to thank you him and his office for the amazing experience!"- N.L. / Yelp / Feb 17, 2018
"I saw Dr. Schwartz for a breast augmentation consultation, he was my first surgeon I consulted with and I did not need to see anyone else! From the moment you enter his practice everyone makes sure you feel welcome, important and is truly caring. The whole team is amazing and Dr. Schwartz is simply incredible. He takes his time with you to make sure all questions are addressed and answered. His bedside manner is warm, gentle and caring and I booked my surgery the same day. If you are looking for the best, go and see Dr. Schwartz at the Roxbury Institute!! I am so happy with the result, I could not have wished for more."- A.E. / Google / Jul 07, 2017
Unlike other cosmetic breast surgeries, areola reduction focuses primarily on the skin that surrounds the nipple. The goal is to reshape this area so that the areola looks smaller, appears flatter, and is more uniform and proportionate with a natural-looking edging. Many clients seek out Dr. Schwartz for areola reduction because of his experience with breast procedures. Clients who are candidates for this surgery will have areolas that exhibit one or more of the following characteristics:
- They are wide and enlarged
- They are raised (due to an increased amount of tissue, which can generally be the result of hormone fluctuations or nursing)
- They have taken on a "domed" appearance (often associated with a tubular breast deformity)
- They are uneven or misshapen
- They exhibit an unnatural-looking deformity (noticeable bumps, clogged glands, and color deviation are examples of this)
While it may seem like a minor issue, an areola that is too large, wide, discolored, or disfigured can actually create anxiety and stress for patients who become embarrassed or self-conscious to expose their breasts or chest. During the consultation with Dr. Schwartz, the areola will be examined and measured. He will discuss proper sizing and the appropriate color variation that will best suit your breast appearance. This surgery has created natural and outstanding outcomes for many of our patients.
signature Areola Reduction
Dr. Schwartz starts by removing a portion of the circular area (the outer edge) of the areola. This delicate excision process removes excess tissue so that the areola will have a smaller size. The remaining, healthy skin is then brought in and tightened to surround the newly created edge and secured with sutures. Patients with a predisposed condition that may indicate future widening of the areola may receive stitching that is placed deeper within the tissue for a more permanent outcome, so that the newly constructed areola doesn't change shape. Regardless of the type and method of stitching, the stitches are placed just inside the areola margin to help hide scarring and to maintain the reduced size as your skin heals. Both the projection and pigment can be reconstructed using a combination of nipple surgeries along with a skilled application of tattoo ink.
What to expect
Even though the areola is a small area on the breast and despite the fact that the surgery is somewhat simple to perform, patients should still take it easy after their procedure. For about a week, a fitted compression garment should be worn and patients should avoid strenuous activities such as exercise. It's encouraged to keep moving and maintain a moderately low heart rate because circulation can help in the recovery process. Too much activity, however, may cause swelling and bruising. After about 7 – 10 days, a follow-up appointment with Dr. Schwartz will allow you to see the results and ensure everything is healing properly. Dr. Schwartz's signature rapid recovery program will help patients get the outcomes they desire in the fastest and most healthy manner.
Is it for Men?
Nipple surgeries, including areola reduction, are quite common for men as well as women. Gynecomastia is the technical term for what we commonly call "man boobs," and can be corrected by Dr. Schwartz. In many cases, gynecomastia can cause a man to have enlarged areolas, which can be addressed with this cosmetic surgery. Many male clients opt to have their nipples and areolas resized in combination with the removal of excess breast tissue to improve the overall appearance their chest.
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- Average Cost
- $2,000 - $4,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Days
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If you feel your areolas are too large, wide, discolored, or misshapen, or if you feel they look disfigured, we invite you to call the Beverly Hills plastic surgery office of Dr. Jaime Schwartz. This treatment, while fairly common, is not always one that patients think about even though their condition may cause them great distress. Once surgery has been confirmed, we will schedule your treatment during your thorough consultation, so that you can plan your surgery around the time of year that best fits your needs.