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Nipple and Areola Reduction

Nipple and Areola Reduction


Nipple and Areola Reduction

Reduce the size of your areola and nipples for a more proportionate look.

The nipples and coloured part surrounding them known as the areola, are the primary features of our breasts. The proportion, position and shape of these will contribute greatly to the overall look of your breasts.

Large, misshapen or disproportionate nipples and areola can be caused by a number of factors including your genetics, ageing, breastfeeding, pregnancy and even trauma.

Some issues many patients face with their breasts can include:

  • long nipples
  • wide nipples
  • droopy nipples
  • enlarged areola
  • puffy areola
  • misshapen areola

Luckily, all of these issues can be corrected with nipple and areola reduction surgery.

How is nipple and areola reduction surgery performed?

Firstly, Dr Eddie Cheng will sit with you and determine your specific wishes from the reduction surgery. The procedure is then performed with anaesthetic and will take around one -1.5hrs to complete.

For nipple reduction, your surgeon will make a small incision on the nipple itself and tissue is removed. For an areola reduction, Dr Eddie Cheng will create an incision around the edge of the areola and remove the outer edges. Once he is happy with the new size; stitches are used, and gauze and dressings are applied. In both techniques, the incisions will heal very quickly.

What is the recovery like from the surgery?

Recovery from nipple and areola reduction surgery is relatively quick and the majority of swelling and bruising should disappear within a week or two. The rest of the residual swelling should only last around a month or two. Numbness and tingling sensations should also stop as the swelling subsides. It’s good to note that it’s also quite common for one breast to heal a little faster than the other.

Dr Eddie Cheng’s patients can usually get back to work after two to three days with light duties only.

Nipple and Areola Reduction Surgery from AR Plastic Surgery

Some patients will choose to undergo nipple and areola reduction surgery in combination with other surgeries like breast augmentation or a breast lift. At AR Plastic Surgery, we will give every patient a carefully designed, customised treatment plan to achieve their specific aesthetic goals!

If you’re concerned about the size of your nipples, areolas or your breasts, book in to see specialist plastic surgeon Dr Eddie Cheng today.

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Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

Are you a candidate for surgery?

Are you a candidate for surgery?


Yes. Many patients are happy with the size, shape and projection of their nipples and think their areolas are disproportionate.  Dr Eddie Cheng can trim the enlarged or misshapen areola without disturbing the nipple.

Every surgery will cause a scar, but we will, of course, make every effort to keep them inconspicuous. When you undergo a nipple and areola reduction there will be a scar running around the outer edge of your areola. The severity of this scarring will vary from patient to patient. Often the scar will fade until it’s almost invisible. If you find your scar is still visible, areola tattooing can camouflage the scar very well.

They certainly can. Men often undergo the surgery if their nipples are bigger than they would like, or if their nipples are asymmetric or misshaped. Male nipple and areola reduction surgery is exactly the same as female nipple and areola surgery and is done with anaesthesia. Most patients are home a few hours after the procedure is complete and can return to their normal activities after two to three days.