Combining Breast Surgery with Areola Reduction
By Patricia Berbari on April 30, 2016
At her state-of-the-art plastic surgery practice, Dr. Patricia Berbari offers a comprehensive range of breast surgery options, each of which can be customized to meet the precise needs of each individual patient. She combines her years of surgical experience with her exceptionally artistic eye to produce consistently natural-looking, aesthetically pleasing results for her breast augmentation, breast lift, and breast reduction patients. In order to achieve such results, she often has to reduce the size of the areola, or the circle of dark-colored skin that surrounds the nipple, to match the newly resized and reshaped breast.
Dr. Berbari discusses the possibility of combining breast surgery and areola reduction during consultations at her Gatineau, QC practice with patients who might benefit from such a treatment plan. She explains to patients what areola reduction would entail, and is even able to give them a preview of what their results will look like using the sophisticated Crisalix 3D imaging system. Ultimately, she wants her patients to make confident, informed decisions that they will be happy with years and even decades after their surgeries.
If you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your breasts and the size of your areolae, we encourage you to schedule your initial consultation with plastic surgeon Patricia Berbari today.
What Is Areola Reduction?
By itself, areola reduction is a fairly simple, straightforward procedure. During the procedure, Dr. Berbari strategically places an incision along the outer border of the areola. She then places another incision a couple of millimeters inside of that incision to remove a strip of skin roughly resembling a thin doughnut. Once the areolar skin has been removed, she pulls the outer border of skin toward the inner border and sutures the two borders together. Because the skin changes color at the border of the areola anyway, the resulting scar from the procedure is usually well concealed. Patients emerge from the procedure with more proportional areolae that look completely natural on their breasts.
While areola reduction can be performed by itself, many patients choose to combine the procedure with another type of breast surgery, most commonly breast lift or breast reduction. When combined with one of these surgeries, areola reduction can truly help to rejuvenate the breasts, making them look lighter and less stretched. Sometimes areola reduction is necessary to achieving the most natural-looking results, as larger areolae simply look even more disproportionate on breasts that are smaller and tauter.
While most patients who undergo areola reduction are female, the procedure is also commonly performed on male patients who require breast reduction surgery. Men with enlarged breast tissue, a condition known as gynecomastia, often have overly large areola, as well. Areola reduction can help these patients to look more masculine and give them an overall more natural appearance.
Learn More about Breast Surgery and Areola Reduction
If you would like to learn more about breast surgery and areola reduction, or you wish to schedule a consultation with Dr. Patricia Berbari, please contact our plastic surgery practice today.
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