Areola Reduction

Areola Reduction

The Problem

It is very normal for all women and men to have different sized and shaped areolas but for some the difference can be more noticeable and cause many patients to have issues with their confidence.

The areola is the pink or brown area of skin that surrounds the nipple. Everyone’s areolas will vary slightly in shape or size but some patients feel the difference is too much and suffer a great deal of stress from the appearance of their nipples.

It has been reported by medical studies that the ideal diameter for an average height woman of the areola should be in the region of 4.7 cm. For those that feel their areolas are wider than this, it is important to look at your chest and frame as this will vary between patients of different body shapes. If you still feel your areola is out of proportion to the rest of your body then an areola reduction could help to reduce the diameter back into the recommended region.

For some, it is not the size of the areola but the shape. Ideally the areola should be circular or oval in shape but for some this may not be the case. Areola reduction can also help to make the areola appear more circular and symmetrical to the shape of your other areola if needed.

Another common areola complaint is puffy, domed or raised areolas. This is often caused by breast tissue movement pushing the areola forwards. Domed areolas are usually associated with conditions such as tubular breasts or gynaecomastia but it can be still be treated by reducing the underlying breast tissue and reducing the size of the areola if needed too.

If you are uncomfortable about the appearance of your areolas and feel that any of the characteristics above fit the appearance of your areolas then it is likely that you are suitable for an areola reduction. Areola reduction consultations are available at our London Harley Street, Bristol, Birmingham, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Northampton.

We also offer Inverted Nipple Correction and Nipple Reduction procedures too.

The Problem

It is very normal for all women and men to have different sized and shaped areolas but for some the difference can be more noticeable and cause many patients to have issues with their confidence.


What is the areola?

What causes an enlarged areola?

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What happens at a areola reduction consultation?

Can areola correction surgery be combined with a breast enlargement?

How long does areola reduction surgery take?

Will I need to stay overnight after an areola correction procedure?

What type of anaesthetic is required for nipple correction or areola reduction surgery?

What happens during an areola reduction procedure?

When can I return to work after areola reduction surgery?

Can I breastfeed after an areola reduction?

Will I loose sensation after areola reduction surgery?

When can I exercise again after my areola reduction procedure?

Can I drive after areola reduction surgery?

Where is the scar after areola reduction surgery?

Are the results permanent after areola reduction surgery?

What are the risks involved with areola surgery?

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    Some of the UK’s most talented and experienced Plastic Surgeons work with us to bring you effective results. For this procedure our team includes:

    The Private Clinic sees over 15,000 new patients every year and perform over 10,000 procedures, with one of the highest –patients’ satisfaction in the sector, Trustpilot 9.4, 5 star rating, 93% would recommend us to their friends and family. We are a multi award winning provider and have been voted the Aesthetic award for Best UK Clinic Group 2017.

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    Cost can be part of your decision to undergo a procedure but it should never be the deciding factor. For more information about The Private Clinic, our experience and medical expertise click here

    The cost of Areola Reduction starts at £2,275.

    We don’t follow a one-price-fits-all policy and prices are quoted on a case by case basis. You will be given an accurate quote for your requirements following your consultation.

    We offer FREE consultations with our highly experienced Patient Advisors who are able to offer you all the information your require prior to meeting a surgeon. Consultations for Areola Correction with one of our specialist Consultant Plastic Surgeons is £50 refundable upon arrival for your consultation. Please note that consultations at our Harley Street clinic are with the Surgeons.

    Areola Reduction Surgery

    The surgery involves removing a circular segment of the outer brown area of the areola, the skin surrounding this is then brought inwards in a purse string effect to bring in the size of the areola. Absorbable stitches are used to reduce the diameter and, in most cases, our surgeons will use a permanent stitch placed deeply in the tissue to prevent widening of the areola occurring following surgery.

    The procedure can be performed under either local or general anaesthetic, aside from addressing the size and shape of the areola the procedure can also tighten up breast skin and heighten the position of the nipple.  Many patients may have areola reduction surgery in conjunction with other breast surgeries such as augmentation or uplift.


    An areola reduction is a relatively minor procedure and therefore has minimal downtime. Despite this, we still advise that you take it easy during your first week following surgery. You might experience some discomfort but this can be easily managed through pain medication.  You will have a follow up appointment which will allow your surgeon to inspect your healing and tailor advice for your specific situation, based on your lifestyle.


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