Overview of the surgery:
Areola Reduction procedure removes the excess areola tissue and improves the overall cosmetic appearance of your areola. Incisions are made in two concentric circles around the edges of the areola. Next, your surgeon removes a donut of tissue and skin, taking care to leave the area around the nipple intact. (The nipple is still attached to its blood supply and the milk ducts.) The surgeon then closes the incision with sutures around the areola that are pulled in to tighten the skin around the areola. The scar is hidden around the edge of the areola and will likely fade with time.
Duration of the operation:
The length of surgery is about an hour.
Post operative care:
Dressings and a light gauze bandage must be worn for several days. You will be able to shower the following day but as long as the sutures are not yet removed from the surgical site, you should avoid dirty water and sweat to get inside the wound by applying antibacterial ointment before showering.
Extra- sensitivity to pain and touch may be felt and will subside in a couple of weeks.
Recovery time will depend on the patient, but most patients can return to work and resume their normal activities within a day or two.
A minimal discomfort is expected but can go back to work a day after surgery. Recovery time will depend on the patient, but most patients can return to work and resume their normal activities within a day or two.
Possible risk and complications:
All surgeries have risks, including areola reduction surgery. Risks may include: Anesthesia complications, infection hematoma (a break in a blood vessel, causing localized blood-filled area or blood clot), seroma (collection of fluid under the skin), tissue death, permanent numbness, or loss of sensation, scarring asymmetry or unsatisfactory cosmetic results.
Under local anesthesia
This procedure may be performed in the cosmetic surgeon’s office-based facility, an outpatient surgery center, or at a hospital. This procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis
Preparation before Surgery
- Assessment of the medical history (any allergies, serious medical condition and all medications taken both prescribed and non-prescribed), physical examination, and laboratory tests will be performed during consultation.
- Blood and urine samples will be collected for routine preoperative laboratory tests.
- Smoking must be avoided for about 3-4 weeks prior to surgery, as nicotine interferes with circulation and will greatly affect healing process.
- You will likely to be asked to stop drinking alcohol, a week before the surgery and throughout your recovery period.
- Avoid taking any medications such as hormones, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids and supplements at least 4-6 weeks to prevent complicating medical factors prior to surgery. Avoid taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements as they can increase bleeding.
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