Areola Reduction

Nipple & Areola Reduction For A Balanced and Better Breast Appearance

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Dr. Laliberte is a Royal College of Canada trained specialist in surgical procedures of the breast including areola reduction. His artistic and highly technical approach produces natural results tailored to enhance and complement your specific frame, goals and circumstances. At Radiance Plastic Surgery Dr. Laliberte performs over 200 breast procedures per year.

What is Areola Reduction?

Areolas are the pigmented areas surrounding your nipples. Similar to many personal features, areolas can vary widely in size, color and shape. It’s relatively normal to have large or differently sized areolas. If you are uncomfortable with the size of your areolas, an areola reduction is possible.

Areola reduction surgery is a simple procedure that can reduce the diameter of one or both of your areolas. It can be performed independently or in conjunction with a breast lift, a breast reduction, or breast augmentation.

Am I a good candidate for an Areola Reduction?

An Areola reduction is an option for any man or woman who is dissatisfied with the size of their areolas.

This procedure works well if you have lost a significant amount of weight and, as a result, have stretched areolas. It also works well if your areolas have changed following pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Other ideal candidates include people with puffy or protruding areolas. Some people with asymmetrical areolas choose to get one reduced to match the other.

For women, areola reduction surgery shouldn’t be performed until breasts have finished growing, on average, around late teens or early 20s. Adolescent males may be able to have this procedure at an earlier age.

How much does Areola Reduction cost?

Each of our patient’s cases is unique, however, the average cost for an Areola Reduction (Cosmetic) can range from $2,200 – $3,500.

More information on Fees and Financing Options

How should I prepare for an Areola Reduction procedure?

During your consultation appointment, you should expect Dr. Laliberte to:

  • examine your breasts
  • listen to your aesthetic concerns
  • go over your surgical options
  • ask for your complete medical history, including a list of current medications

Following your consultation, you’ll be given a date for your surgery. Dr. Laliberte will provide you with specific preparation instructions.

This may include:

  • avoiding certain medications, like aspirin and ibuprofen, for a week prior to your surgery date
  • scheduling time off for your procedure and to allow for recovery
  • arranging a ride to and from your procedure
  • fasting the day prior to surgery if general anesthesia will be used
  • showering with a surgical soap on the day of surgery
  • avoiding makeup and other cosmetics on the day of surgery
  • removing all body jewelry on the day of surgery
  • wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing on the day of surgery

What can I expect during an Areola Reduction procedure?

Areola reduction surgery is a simple procedure that can be completed in about one hour.

When you arrive, your nurse will:

  • Check your blood pressure.
  • Insert an intravenous line. You may be given a medication to help you relax and another to put you to sleep.
  • Apply electrodes used to monitor your heart rate during surgery.
  • Confirm that you have fasted if necessary.

Before surgery, you’ll meet with Dr. Laliberte to go over any last-minute questions or concerns. Your anesthesiologist will administer a local anesthetic or prepare you for general anesthesia.

During the procedure:

  1. Dr. Laliberte will cut a doughnut-shaped piece of tissue out of your areola.
  2. This circular incision will be made along the border of your existing areola, where the scar can be more easily hidden.
  3. They’ll secure your new areola with a permanent suture deep inside your breast. This suture will prevent the areola from stretching.
  4. They’ll use removable or dissolvable stitches to close your incision site.

Dr. Laliberte may fit you with a special post-surgical bra or apply surgical dressings.

If you received a local anesthetic, you’ll be able to go home almost immediately after surgery. If you received general anesthesia, your will be monitored for a few hours prior to being discharged.

Areola Reduction procedure recovery

Recovery from areola reduction surgery is generally fast. You may have experience some swelling and bruising, however, you can usually go back to work within one or two days.

Dr. Laliberte might mention that you should:

  • expect an increase in pain during your first post-surgical period
  • take over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen (Advil)
  • wear a surgical bra or soft sports bra for several weeks
  • abstain from physical chest contact for three to four weeks
  • refrain from lifting heavy objects or doing any strenuous cardio for the first few weeks

Areola Reduction post-procedure results

It may take a few weeks before you’re able to experience the results of your areola reduction procedure. Typically the initial period of swelling and bruising often obscures the immediate results.

As swelling subsides, your breasts will settle into their final position. You’ll notice that your areolas appear smaller and more centered and a ring-shaped scar around your new areola, which can take up to one year to heal.

You will typically have a follow-up consultation with Dr. Laliberte within a few weeks after your surgery, monitoring your healing progress and additionally removing stitches, as necessary. Dr. Laliberte may also provide you with topical medications that can help reduce the appearance of scars.

[cq_vc_accordion contentcolor=”#7a7a7a” title=”AREOLA REDUCTION – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS” titlecolor=”#000000″][cq_vc_accordion_item accordiontitle=”Can an areola reduction affect my ability to breast feed?”]No. Areola Reduction does not remove the breast ducts that are located in the nipple. It is also important to remember, that there is a certain percentage of women who cannot breast feed, regardless of whether or not they have had a breast procedure.

[/cq_vc_accordion_item][cq_vc_accordion_item accordiontitle=”Are the results permanent?”]Yes, nipple and areola reduction is permanent. Just be aware that the natural aging process may change the shape of the breast over time.[/cq_vc_accordion_item][cq_vc_accordion_item accordiontitle=”Will there be any scarring?”]The incisions are small and leave very small scars, which will fade over time with the correct scar management and treatment as directed by our healthcare team.[/cq_vc_accordion_item][cq_vc_accordion_item accordiontitle=”Are there any potential complications from nipple and areola reduction?”]As with all cosmetic surgeries, there are some risks involved. These risks include bleeding, infection and collection of fluid under the skin, swelling and blood clots. Dr. Laliberte will do everything he can to minimize the risks associated with surgery.[/cq_vc_accordion_item][/cq_vc_accordion]

Meet Dr. Michael C. Laliberte


Canadian Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Having operated alongside word-class surgeons throughout North and South America, Dr. Laliberte brings to the Canadian Rockies a practice that encompasses the breadth of Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Michael Laliberte is extensively trained in Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive surgery. After completing undergraduate and medical school at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. Laliberte specialized in Plastic Surgery at the University of Manitoba.

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