Breast Surgery and Areola Reduction
By Sheryl Pilcher on November 14, 2015
Women undergo breast surgery for any number of reasons. Some women undergo breast surgery in order to augment their breasts, having implants placed in order to give themselves larger, shapelier bust lines. Others undergo breast surgery in order to lift the breasts to a more youthful position on the chest, while others still want to have smaller, more proportional breasts. The shared goal among these women is that they all want to achieve the most natural looking, aesthetically pleasing results possible.
At Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A., Dr. Sheryl Pilcher combines her finely honed surgical skills and keen artistic eye to produce consistently exceptional results for her patients. One of the ways she is able to ensure the most natural looking and beautiful results possible is to reduce the size of the areolas whenever necessary when performing breast surgery, whether breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction. She discusses the benefits of breast surgery and areola reduction during consultations at her San Antonio, TX plastic surgery practice so that patients understand what to expect before committing to their procedures.
For patients who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their areolae, areola reduction can also be performed on its own as a discrete procedure.
How Areola Reduction Is Performed
Areola reduction is generally performed using the donut excision method. This involves making two circular incisions around the areola: one around the border of the areolar skin, and one several millimeters inside of that. The outer layer of areolar skin between these incisions is then removed, leaving only the underlying layer. A purse-string suture is then used to bring the edges of the incisions together, resulting in an areola that is smaller in diameter.
If areola reduction is being performed on its own, then these are the only steps of the procedure. However, if areola reduction is only part of another breast surgery, then the incisions would be combined with another incision. While areola reduction may be performed in conjunction with breast augmentation, it is most likely to be performed in conjunction with breast lift (with or without breast implants) or breast reduction. In either case, at least one more incision, extending down from the lower edge of the areola toward the bottom of the breast, will be necessary. In many cases, yet another incision, made in the natural crease where the breast meets the chest, will also have to be made.
While the vertical scar extending from the areola to the bottom of the breast may be evident after surgery, the scar left around the border of the areola tends to be well concealed.
Learn More about Breast Surgery and Areola Reduction
Would you like to learn more about breast surgery and areola reduction? If so, or if you would like to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sheryl Pilcher, we encourage you to contact Accent Plastic Surgery, P.A. today. We would be pleased to assist you in any way that we can.
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“If you need breast augmentation or any cosmetic surgery, I would highly recommend Dr. Pilcher....This has been the best decision I have made.” Quintessa M.