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Breast Augmentation

Nipples/areola

Courtland0617 Elberta, AL
7 months ago

Is it possible to reduce the size of the nipple, well areola without losing sensation?


Debra Johnson, MD Sacramento, CA
7 months ago
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While loss of sensation is a rare possibility, nipple and areolar reduction can be performed successfully in most without changing the feeling to the nipples. Some patients will experience a short term change in sensation, sometimes hypersensation, right after the procedure, the feeling usually returns to baseline in a few weeks. You would need to discuss this concern frankly with a board-certified plastic surgeon to determine what your surgical needs are and what the risks might be. The Find a Surgeon tool on this website includes our Canadian colleagues, so you can find a qualified ASPS-member surgeon near you!

Steven Wallach, MD New York, NY
7 months ago
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In general reducing the size of the areola or the nipple does not usually change the nipple sensation. There is a small risk of change of sensation which is difficult to predict

Shashidhar Kusuma, MD Plantation, FL
7 months ago
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As stated above, change in sensation might happen short term. The change in sensation usually is minimal when doing limited work such as making the diameter smaller without moving the location of the nipple/areola complex due to sagging etc . Even if there is a change, it will likely return to a baseline level over the course of time upto even a year.

Jon Ver Halen, MD Colleyville, TX
7 months ago
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Dear Courtland0617,

Hello and thank you for your excellent question. In general, a reduction procedure of the areola and nipples will not change your sensation. It is best to answer your question during a face-to-face evaluation, when you can discuss your goals and expectations for the procedure, and you can have a physical examination to evaluate for that procedure. I recommend that you find a board-certified, or board-eligible plastic surgeon with whom you are comfortable. Be sure to have all of your questions answered during a face-to-face meeting with your surgeon, and review before and after pictures of similar patients whom have had this procedure. If you have any questions, call our office for assistance. Good luck!

Katerina Gallus, MD San Diego, CA
7 months ago
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Hello and thank you for your question. Yes, it is possible to reduce the size of your nipple and/or your areola and still maintain sensation. It is a risk of surgery that you may have decreased or permanent loss of sensation but most women regain any sensation loss over the 3-6 months following the procedure. I recommend that you discuss your concerns with a board certified plastic surgeon before proceeding. Best of luck on your journey!

Arthur Yu, MD Arcadia, CA
7 months ago

Hi, thank you for the mail. As far as the sensation of nipples and areola is concerned, you don't need to worry about it because all of my patients are able to retain their sensation after nipple reduction or areola reduction. And the number of cases is well over 200. Good luck with your procedure! Cheers!




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