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Nipple reduction in Vancouver, BC, is a way to correct nipples and areolae that do not fit the proportions of the breasts. Our bodies all change over time. For some women, their nipples and areolae can become large from the natural aging process, or from the influences of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and/or weight changes. Every woman has an ideal image of how they would like their nipples and areola to look, and when this is not achieved, it can greatly affect their breast self-image and overall self-confidence. Nipple reduction procedures are performed to reduce the diameter of the areola or the projection of the nipple. Dr. Seal would be happy to discuss the details of these procedures with you and help you decide if they may be right for you to achieve your individual aesthetic breast goals.
What Is Nipple Reduction?
Nipple reduction surgery is a procedure performed to change the size, shape, or projection of the nipple-areolar complex (NAC). The nipple is the protrusion in the center of the breast, while the pigmented area surrounding the nipple is called the areola.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Women in good overall health who are not planning any future pregnancies and are not currently breastfeeding are ideal candidates for nipple reduction surgery.
If you have asymmetrical areolae, you may be recommended to undergo this procedure to achieve similarity in size and shape. Patients with enlarged or inverted nipples may be recommended to explore this corrective surgery.
If you have nipple piercings, you may need to have them redone following this procedure, since they might be closed after you heal. It is important that you have realistic expectations and a generally positive outlook.
Before and After Nipple Reduction
Your Nipple Reduction Consultation
Your initial consultation with Dr. Seal will include a physical examination to determine the best techniques for your nipple reduction procedure. Photographs may be taken for before-and-after comparison. Your medical history will be reviewed, including your current medications, past surgeries, and underlying illnesses.
After your risk factors are evaluated, a custom surgical plan will be created to address your concerns. Let Dr. Seal know about your expectations and desired outcomes so that he can work to achieve your cosmetic goals when creating your treatment plan. Anesthesia options will be discussed, and the right one for you will be recommended. Dr. Seal will discuss your tailored surgical plan with you in great detail to ensure full understanding.
Preparing for Nipple Reduction Surgery
In preparation for your nipple reduction surgery, there are preoperative steps and reminders that you need to follow closely. Stop smoking weeks before the surgery. Do not drink alcohol several days prior to your procedure.
You may be asked to stop or adjust certain medications prior to your surgery, including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and certain herbal supplements. You may be recommended to fast six hours before the surgery.
Nipple reduction surgery will be performed under anesthesia to eliminate any possibility of pain or discomfort. Small incisions will be made, and tissues may be removed or repositioned to address the diameter or height of the nipple or the dimensions of the areola. Various techniques will be employed to achieve the desired results.
Finally, the incisions will be stitched closed with sutures. The whole surgical process can take an hour or two to complete.
The Recovery Process
The recovery after nipple reduction surgery involves limited activities for the first month. You may not need to take significant time off work. Some patients are able to go back to work and normal activities after a few days.
Bruising, swelling, and pain are commonly experienced but easily manageable. Avoid high-intensity workouts and sexual activity for a few weeks for proper healing. It may take a few weeks before you can see the final results of your nipple reduction surgery.
The Cost of Nipple Reduction Surgery
The cost of nipple reduction surgery is impacted by different factors, including the type of technique used. The overall price may be affected by anesthetic and surgical fees and the complexity of the procedure. Additional costs will be incurred if there are combination procedures performed.
Because this is a purely cosmetic procedure, the price of nipple reduction surgery will not be covered by your health insurance provider.
Arrange a Consultation
Take a look at the photo gallery for some before and after examples, to see how nipple reduction surgery in Vancouver, BC can enhance one’s breast appearance. To take the next step, request a consultation with Dr. Seal, or call our office at (604) 569-2895 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you learn more about the procedure on the road to achieving all of your aesthetic goals.