What Happens During Nipple and Areola Reduction Surgery?
On the day of your procedure, you will arrive at our Health Department licensed day surgery prior to admission. Nipple and Areola 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.