Address Overly Large Nipples and Areolas in Grand Rapids
Because a large, dark areola stands out against light skin, and because large nipples can be visible even through clothing—especially when they are erect—patients who want these prominent parts of their chest to be less obvious can choose nipple reduction at the Grand Rapids Bengtson Center. Women, imagine being able to wear thin, light-colored shirts without having to worry about what can be seen through the fabric! Men, think about the feeling of taking your shirt off and not wondering whether someone is giving your chest a second glance due to the prominence of your nipples.
If these scenarios sound good to you, you may be a good candidate for nipple reduction. Men and women alike visit Dr. Brad Bengtson and Dr. David Alfonso to discuss this surgery, often with a goal of being able to enjoy wearing what they want without having to worry about other people being able to spot overly large nipples or areolas through their shirt or top. The procedure can also be used to address "puffy" areolas, or to balance out an asymmetrical look where one areola is noticeably larger than the other.
How Does Nipple Reduction Surgery Work?
Every procedure at the Bengtson Center—including nipple reductionóbegins with a consultation. Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso take time to not just hear what issue a patient would like to address, but also to get to know him or her as an individual. Personal cosmetic goals can shape a procedure and its results, which makes a trusting relationship and good communication very important parts of the process.
Nipple reduction surgery details depend on the starting size and shape of the nipples to be reduced, as well as the final desired look. In some cases, the nipple will be shortened so as not to appear as long. In other cases, it will be narrowed to address an overly wide appearance. Nipple reduction may also involve both strategies.
The surgery itself involves tiny incisions and small amounts of tissue removedóbut these small amounts can make a big difference. Women who want to breastfeed in the future may not be ideal candidates for nipple reduction surgery, since there is always some risk involved. That said, Dr. Bengtson and Dr. Alfonso use techniques developed with an aim to preserve nipple sensitivity and sensation. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with a national reputation for beautiful results in breast surgery, Dr. Bengtson draws on his considerable experience and skill for every procedure, and Dr. Alfonso is also committed to ensuring his surgical knowledge is current with the latest developments to achieve the best results possible for his nipple reduction patients and others.
No matter the specifics, a nipple reduction procedure is typically quick—just about an hour—and requires only local anesthetic, so you can get back to your typical daily activities right away!
How Does Areola Reduction Work?
Patients may choose areola reduction apart from or in addition to nipple reduction surgery. For this procedure, Dr. Bengtson or Dr. Alfonso will remove a circular portion of tissue shaped like a doughnut: round, with an open space in the middle. The border where the darker-pigmented areola meets the lighter-colored surrounding skin is ideal for camouflaging signs of the incision.
With the excess tissue removed, Dr. Bengtson or Dr. Alfonso will then suture the newly smaller areola in place to prevent it from stretching out.
Nipple Reduction Recovery and Results
Both areola and nipple reduction surgery can result in some swelling and tenderness in the days following the procedure. These effects will resolve relatively quickly, though keep in mind that minor, barely visible evidence of the incisions can take up to a year to fully heal.
The Bengtson Center team will provide thorough after-care instructions, and Dr. Bengtson and Dr. David Alfonso are always available to answer questions following a procedure.
What Complements Areola and Nipple Reduction in Grand Rapids?
Women often combine nipple reduction with a breast reduction that reduces the volume of overly large breasts. This is especially typical in cases where a smaller breast would cause the areola and nipple to appear out of proportion with the new contours.
Men who want nipple reduction surgery frequently say they are embarrassed to go shirtless—a common complaint for guys who also deal with the effects of gynecomastia. This condition causes the development of breasts on the male body. Male breast reduction is a commonly performed procedure at the Bengtson Center, which features a private lounge specifically for men waiting for their procedures.