Nipple and Areola Reduction
Every human being has unique physical characteristics. Most individuals visualize an ideal image of what each part of the body should look like based on norms or imagined norms. Any body part that does not match the ideal is perceived as abnormal or undesirable.
One body part that receives a lot of scrutiny is the nipple-areola complex. Self-perceptions of abnormal or overly large nipples and areolas can contribute to issues with self-image and perceived sexual attractiveness. If you are dissatisfied with the size of your nipples or areolas, plastic surgeon Dr. Steven H. Turkeltaub can perform nipple and areola reduction to improve their appearance and proportions.
Causes and Solutions
Whether caused by genetics, pregnancy, breastfeeding, or weight changes, overly large or droopy nipples or areolas can be a source of bodily dissatisfaction. Dr. Turkeltaub can reduce the size of your areola and/or nipple, making it/them more proportionate with your breasts. He can also elevate them to a higher, more natural-looking position. While adjusting the size and position, Dr. Turkeltaub keeps the nipple-areola complex attached to the breast tissue to preserve some sensation and ensure that nursing may be possible in the future.
Combined With Breast Lift or Breast Reduction Surgery
In many cases where women desire a reduction in the size of their nipple-areola complex, they are also interested in either a breast lift or breast reduction surgery. Sagging, overly large areolas and sagging, loose breasts often coincide, and one of these procedures may be needed to achieve the desired aesthetic.
With a breast lift, the breasts are lifted and the tissues tightened – often done in association with placement of a breast implant. Loose breast skin and excess areola tissue are removed, and the breast and areola are brought to a more pleasing position.
A breast reduction involves the removal of excess breast tissue and skin to reduce the size and weight of the entire breast. Virtually always, Dr. Turkeltaub will also reduce the size of the nipple-areola complex so that it is more naturally proportioned.
Whether performed alone or in combination with a breast lift or breast reduction, nipple and areola reduction can improve the appearance of your breasts and contribute to a more positive body image and with it, greater confidence and self-esteem.
If you are interested in nipple and areola reduction, contact our office to learn more about how Dr. Turkeltaub can help you. Call us at (480) 451-3000 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D.