What is Areola and Nipple Reduction Surgery?

The areola is the pigmented skin around the nipple. Areola and Nipple Reduction Surgery is suitable for males or females who wish to reduce the size of their nipple and/or areola for aesthetic reasons. This is also an option for those wishing to correct asymmetry of the nipple and/or areola.

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Common names

Nipple reduction, Nipple surgery, Areola surgery

Targeted areas

Nipple and Areola

Procedure Information

Procedure Type



From $2200

Recovery Time

You can usually return to work after 1-2 days; although swelling and bruising may last longer.

What happens during Areola and Nipple Reduction Surgery?

On the day of your procedure, you will arrive at our Health Department licensed day surgery prior to admission. Areola and Nipple Reduction Surgery is performed under sedation, so you should have no memory of the procedure.  The procedure should only take 1 to 2 hours. A nurse will go through an extensive checklist to ensure that you are well prepared. All paperwork must be completed before the procedure.

Blood tests and medications must have all been organised before the procedure. Photographs will be taken of the areas to be treated, and you will be fitted with a surgical gown.

You should have fasted for 6-hours and showered in an antiseptic solution. You will be taken into a theatre and connected to a heart and oxygen monitor. A small drip is inserted into the back of your hand and sedation drugs are given. If you are concerned about discomfort from the drip insertion, you are able to ask the nurse for Emla numbing cream to be applied to the back of your hand.

Smoking and illicit drug use must be strictly avoided before the procedure.  We take smoking very seriously as a high risk for any procedure, so you must be aware of the cancellation policy if you smoke.  Smoking increases the risk of some serious complications during and after surgery.  Ideally, you should stop smoking at least 8-weeks prior to a procedure, cutting down does not reduce the risk of complications, however, the greatest health benefit is gained by quitting smoking for good.  More information about the possible complications, as well as information about how to quit, is available here.

During the procedure Dr Murray will make a doughnut-shaped incision in the areola and remove the excess areola, this will be at the edge of the areola to reduce the visibility of scarring.

What happens after Areola and Nipple Reduction Surgery?

After Nipple and/or Areola Reduction Surgery you will go home on the same day.  Some tenderness, swelling and bruising is normal and you will likely need some pain relief for the first few days.  You must refrain from physical chest contact for 3 to 4 weeks and refrain from lifting heavy objects or any strenuous cardio for the first few weeks.

Payment Options

Absolute Cosmetic offers multiple payment options including, and not limited to; Cash, Credit Cards (Visa, Mastercard etc), AfterPay, Lay-by and Payment Plans.

More information is available on our Payment Plan page.

Why choose Absolute Cosmetic Medicine for your Areola and Nipple Reduction Surgery?

  • Dr Murray has over 20 years of full-time experience in Cosmetic Medicine
  • We are Health Department licensed meaning that we can sedate you during your procedure
  • We are fully insured to offer this procedure

*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks.  Before proceeding you can seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.

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