Areola Reduction

Areola Reduction

The dark skin area around the nipples is called the areola. For some women, disproportionately large or asymmetric areoles can affect confidence, self-esteem and create a fear of intimacy.

1. How long is the recovery?
You should be able to go home on the day of your procedure. You should be able to return to your normal activities after one week. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after a week. Discomfort usually eases after a few days.

2. I’m worried about pain.
Most people notice mild discomfort after this type of surgery. However, recovery shouldn’t take more than a few days to a week. You should have minimal need for pain medication.

3. Will I look natural?
Your surgeon will reshape your nipples and the tissue surrounding them. Every effort will be made to give you a natural end result.

4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
This procedures is performed under local anasthetic.

5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive your a tailored quote for your treatment.  Please call us on 01709 464200 or email if you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.


Women with large or asymmetric areoles report being self-conscious while getting changed, anxiety during intimacy and feeling abnormal.


Areolar reduction is a quick procedure which removes the excess pigmented skin around the nipple. The surgery is performed under local anaesthetic and involves an incision around the perimeter of the areola and removal of excess areola tissue. Sutures are used to close the wound and dressings placed over the breasts.

The result of areola reduction is permanent, however one must bear in mind that your breasts may droop and deflate over time as a natural result of ageing.

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Possible Risks

Like all surgical procedures, there are risks associated with areola reduction. These include;

Scars / poor scarring – in some patients the scars may be red and raised and take a number of months to settle,
Infection  – may require treatment with antibiotics and/or further surgery.

Loss of nipple sensation – although some women report nipple sensation gradually returning after several months, initial loss of nipple sensation should be expected.

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Pricing & Finance

When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.

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Kinvara Private Hospital is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Cosmetic surgery results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, we cannot guarantee specific results.

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