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While many women are focused on the size and shape of the breasts, it’s important to recognize that the appearance of the nipples and the areolar complex can have a huge impact on the chest’s overall attractiveness. In some women, the nipples are elongated or drooping, while in others, the pigmented areas of the areolas are disproportionately enlarged. In these cases, nipple/areolar reduction can be performed to help improve aesthetics as well as breast function.


What is nipple repair/areolar reduction?

Many factors can influence the size and shape of the nipples and areolas, including aging, genetics, breastfeeding, or injury/trauma. Overly large nipples can cause discomfort in certain clothes, as well as irritation and chafing. During nipple repair/areolar reduction surgery, the doctor is able to create nipples that are more proportionate to the overall breast size.

The circumference of the areolar complex can also be reduced so that it looks more aesthetically pleasing. The surgeon will excise a circle of darker pigmented tissue, and then draw the surrounding lighter colored skin inwards as though tightening a purse string. The area will be sutured and dressed with bandages, and you may be asked to wear a compression garment afterwards to help minimize postoperative swelling and keep your new, improved nipple and areolar shape intact.

The surgery can correct the following issues:

  • Enlarged areolas
  • Overly projected nipples
  • Flat nipples
  • Misshapen areolas
  • Inverted nipples
  • Nipple asymmetry

What is inverted nipple correction?

Surgery can be performed to correct nipples that have retracted below the surface instead of facing straight forward. Inverted nipples can be the result of scarring in the area, or shortened milk ducts. Sometimes they may self-correct, but most often, a surgical procedure is required. During the process, the milk ducts are divided, and the underlying tissue is released. This allows the nipples to pop out to their more natural position.

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What are the benefits of nipple/areolar reduction?

  • Correction of enlarged areolas
  • Modification of nipple placement and projection
  • Improved symmetry
  • More proportionally sized nipples
  • Improved nipple function in some cases
  • Long-lasting outcome
  • Natural-looking results
  • Enhanced self-confidence
  • Positive self-image
  • A more youthful figure
  • Increase in wardrobe choices

Meet Your Surgeon

Dr. Brian V. Heil revealed his outstanding talents during his education, achieving his medical degree at the top of his class. He advanced his education at one of the nation’s most revered plastic surgery training programs.

Over his years in practice, Dr. garnered a reputation for excellence in plastic surgery, hair restoration, and non-surgical enhancements. Your treatments will be performed by a true professional in the field of plastic surgery, who is warm, genuine, and is dedicated to achieving superior results.

Who is a good candidate for the procedure?

If you are unhappy with the size, position, projection or color of your nipples or areolas, then you may find that surgery can correct these issues, delivering beautiful, natural results. Anyone who undergoes surgery must be screened for health issues, both mental and physical. You should be a non-smoker, and be free from any significant medical problems such as hypertension or bleeding disorders. Lastly, patients should have realistic expectations for their procedure, based on their private consultation with Dr. Heil in Pittsburgh.

Why choose Dr. Heil in Pittsburgh?

Dr. Heil, board certified plastic surgery, has been hailed as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, as well as a Top Beauty Doctor by New Beauty Magazine. He founded Premier Plastic Surgery in Pittsburgh over 15 years ago to provide a haven for aesthetic excellence, exquisite artistry and natural-looking results.

Dr. Heil received his Doctor of Medicine Cum Laude (Alpha Omega Alpha) from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, going on to pursue a demanding five-year residency in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He then further honed his skill set with an elite fellowship in Microsurgery and Thrombosis Research at the University Medical Center of Pittsburgh.

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