Nipple and Areola Reduction

Mr Olivier Amar says: “Patients may feel that their nipples are too long or their areolas too large even if they are otherwise happy with the size and shape of their breasts. It is a very personal decision to choose surgery for these issues and treatment can improve their self-confidence.”


If you are unhappy with the size or shape of your areolas – the brown or pink area around the nipple – or feel your nipple itself is too large, then areola reduction surgery or nipple reduction surgery could help. The procedure is fast and relatively straightforward.


Irregularly-shaped or large areolas may be genetic. Sometimes pregnancy or weight gain can cause them to become larger, change shape and even become uneven or asymmetrical. Large, protruding nipples can be visible through clothing, causing women to be self-conscious, and may even cause discomfort, particularly while exercising. Nipples may become enlarged during pregnancy or breastfeeding.


For your safety, Mr Olivier Amar personally examines every patient and takes a medical history before considering the correct course of treatment.

Surgery to reduce the areola involves removing a small area of skin in a circle all around the areola. Mr Olivier Amar can correct any irregularities at this stage for a more symmetrical, round appearance. The surrounding skin is then brought inwards and stitched to the reduced areola. Your areolas will then be more in proportion to your breasts, and the tightening effect of the skin reduction may mean your breast may appear a little firmer and slightly lifted too.

Nipple reduction can be performed by removing a strip of skin around the base of the nipple which has the effect of reducing the height of the nipple, bringing it closer to the breast tissue.

Both small procedures are performed under local anaesthetic as day surgery, meaning you will be able to go home shortly afterwards. Mr Olivier Amar’s meticulous techniques will help reduce any scarring around the nipple. He is dedicated to the management, prevention and improvement of scars.

If desired, you may combine areola surgery with a breast lift for a rejuvenated breast.

If the areola appears out of proportion to the breast because the breast itself has become smaller, then a breast augmentation with an implant or fat transfer may restore aesthetically pleasing proportions to the breast without changing the size of the areola.

Mr Olivier Amar says: “It’s essential to consider the harmony of the breast when looking at the areola. For example, to help restore the perfect proportion of areola to breast tissue, some patients might opt for augmentation instead. It is my privilege to help you make the right decision for you.”

book a consultation

If you are considering areola reduction, it is important that you schedule a consultation first. During your in-depth consultation you will have the opportunity to describe your hoped-for outcome and Mr Olivier Amar will be able to inform you about your options. Any proposed treatment will be explained in detail. This will include outlining exactly what the procedure will involve, any necessary preparation, your recovery and possible complications and risks related to the anaesthesia and surgery. You will be able to ask as many questions as you wish and hear about the benefits and drawbacks of any proposed procedures before you decide the next steps together.

Because everybody is unique, Mr Olivier Amar takes an integrated and personalised approach, and no two patients will have exactly the same treatment.

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