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 surgery is considered easy and effective for transforming the look of the breasts.
Areola Reduction Reviews
"I cannot explain how happy and amazing I look thanks to Dr. Schwartz!! I have not felt this confident and happy with my body since middle school. I came to him at the end of Dec. asking if it was possibly for me to get a breast reduction and recover in time to go back to school by mid Jan. Not only was I completely recovered in time for school, but Dr. Schwartz came in on a Saturday just to do my surgery. Him and his staff were so friendly and warm and did everything in their power to make this as easy as possible for me."- S.S. / Yelp / Mar 30, 2017
"One of my dearest friends had the "mommy makeover" done with a lipo lift breast reduction. Ever since I've know her, she's had enormous boobs, a G! She could never buy bras off the rack and when we would exercise, she'd have to wear four to five tank tops. I saw her four days post op and let me tell you in one word...AMAZING! Her boobs looked SO good. And you couldn't see any visible scars. Dr. Schwartz did a fantastic job. I can't wait to have my consultation for a lift."- J.T. / Yelp / Dec 12, 2016
"Hi, I am 35 years old and recently had my breast implants removed and a lift done in beverly hills by Dr. Jaime Schwartz and I had to let everyone know that if you are looking for a dr that will literally do a perfect job this is who you should see. If you'd like to read more and see the photo you can go to real self where I posted a photo and prefer to only post photos on one site, not several. I was worried about how I would look after having them removed and I am so incredibly happy with the results. I had a full lift because perkiness was a must. I will tell you my breasts look better now and are even perkier now at age 35 and implant removal than they did at 22 when i had them put in. Dr. Jaime Schwarts gave me perfect breasts. Thank you."- J.H. / Yelp / Jan 24, 2016
"I cannot explain how happy and amazing I look thanks to Dr. Schwartz!! I have not felt this confident and happy with my body since middle school. I came to him at the end of Dec. asking if it was possibly for me to get a breast reduction and recover in time to go back to school by mid Jan. Not only was I completely recovered in time for school, but Dr. Schwartz came in on a Saturday just to do my surgery. Him and his staff were so friendly and warm and did everything in their power to make this as easy as possible for me."- S.S. / Google / Apr 07, 2017
"Michelangelo of breast implants AKA Dr. Jaime Schwartz. I brought my girlfriend to see Dr. Schwartz because he came highly recommended by one of her friends. She was hesitant about surgery and was uncertain about exactly what she wanted (size, shape, feel etc..) Dr. Schwartz literally spent hours going over every option starting with the procedure, downtime, cost, and post-surgery care. By the time he was done I almost wanted them for myself. Its rare these days to fine a genuine guy like Dr. Schwartz who truly cares about the well being of the patient and not how much he could charge. BTW – he could’ve charge more and I would’ve paid. There were no complications afterwards and we are both shocked how great they look and felt. Dr. Schwartz blew away our expectation. The only bad part is that he did such a great job she now wants more things done…"- B.S. / Google / Jan 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 tuberous 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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $3,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Days
- Procedure Recovery Location
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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.
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