Nipple and Areola Reduction operations are simple procedures that effectively reduces the size and changes the shape of one or both of your nipples.
This surgery can be performed on its own under local anaesthesia. However, it is often performed alongside other surgeries such as breast reduction, breast lift, breast augmentation or mummy makeovers.
Nipple Reduction can reduce the height and width of the nipple, reshaping it into a desirable form, while preserving sensation. Many people also choose to have the surgery in order to have more symmetrical areolas in cases where one nipple is larger than the other. It can be carried out on its own under local anaesthesia or in combination with other procedures under general anaesthesia. During your initial consultation with our skilled surgeons, you will be able to communicate your aesthetic concerns and go over the different surgical options available to you.
When the nipple is a different colour than the skin surrounding it, often the scar will blend in and appear more natural. Our highly skilled surgeons will also focus on retaining the connections between the breast tissue and the skin, to preserve the ability to breastfeed.
Recovery from Nipple Reduction surgery is quick with very little disruption to your normal routine. You may experience some bruising and swelling in the area operated on, however, this will usually fade in a couple of days. Our surgeons use very fine stitches that will dissolve and fall out naturally over the course of a week or so. This procedure is not particularly painful, and the pain can be managed with over the counter painkillers, such as paracetamol and anti-inflammatory medicine.
During the healing and recovery process, you should be able to return to your normal daily activities just a few days following your surgery, depending on your tolerance of the swelling. We recommend avoiding any strenuous activities, or heavy lifting, for at least 2 weeks following the surgery. Wearing a good support bra for the weeks following the surgery is also recommended.
You will be able to see your final results and the shape of the nipple and areola within 2-3 months of the procedure, once the areola has settled into its new form and the scar has settled.
Whatever your requirements, the Cadogan Clinic can provide the leading experts and techniques for your treatment at our state-of-the-art facility in order to achieve your desired aesthetic and a better-proportioned nipple.