Overly large nipple-areolar complexes can cause serious aesthetic and even hygienic concern for many women but there are two ways that the nipple-areolar complex may be reduced. The first way is by reducing the nipple itself, whether the nib is too wide or too long. The other way targets the areola (the darker pigmented skin around the nipple), which can be too large or puffy. It is possible to have one or both reduced during the procedure.
In the case of nipple reduction, the width, length, or both may need to be reduced. To treat the length, Dr. Shapiro will remove part of the tip of the nipple, and then suture the skin inward. To reduce the width, he will reduce the circumference underneath the skin and then suture it closed. Both issues are easily resolved at the same time.
In order to reduce the circumference of the areola a circular incision is made around the outside of the areola. Dr. Shapiro then removes an even circle of the pigmented skin. The scar around the areola will eventually appear very faint, if any scar is visible at all.
Dr. Shapiro completes an incredibly fast and easy nipple reduction procedure that is performed under local anesthetic in his office in about 1-2 hours. You may receive a prescription for pain medication, but it is most often not necessary.