Refine the Look of Your Breasts with Help from the Milwaukee Area’s Dr. Maida Parkins
Most breast surgeries focus on changing the volume or position of the breasts, with augmentation regularly topping charts as the most popular cosmetic surgery performed in the United States each year. However, volume and position are not the only factors that contribute to a look of symmetry and proportion. Nipple-areola reduction at the Milwaukee area’s Parkins Plastic Surgery offers women who have overly large or asymmetrical nipples and areolas to enjoy a more balanced look.
As a woman, plastic surgeon Dr. Maida Parkins understands the important role breast aesthetics can play in life—and the big difference that even a small change can make in terms of confidence and feelings of femininity.
Why Do Women Choose Nipple-Areola Reduction?
While the choice for any plastic surgery depends on a patient’s unique sense of self image and goals, nipple-areola reduction is commonly chosen by women whose nipple-areolar complexes developed to appear especially prominent or visibly asymmetrical. Smaller nipples and areolas can also grow in size and change their shape and color during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Personalized Nipple-Areola Reduction Consultations for Milwaukee and Madison Area Patients
Any procedure at Parkins Plastic Surgery will begin with a thorough consultation led by Dr. Parkins. For nipple-areola reduction surgery, she will provide details about how to prepare, the day of the surgery, expected results, and recovery. You are encouraged to ask plenty of questions so that you feel comfortable with your decision. Understanding your BMI before your consultation will help determine your eligibility for surgery.
What Does Nipple-Areola Reduction Involve?
Nipple reduction involves Dr. Parkins removing a small amount of tissue from the nipple, creating a smaller projection. Incisions and sutures are made at the base of the nipple itself.
Areola reduction typically involves removing darker-pigmented skin from the outermost portion of the circle and suturing the surrounding lighter-pigmented skin in place around the newly smaller areola. This reduces the areola’s overall diameter.
Both of these surgeries can be performed using local anesthesia, so there is no need for you to go under general anesthesia.
What Sets Dr. Parkins for Nipple-Areola Reduction?
Dr. Parkins brings an honest female perspective to every procedure she performs, including nipple-areola reduction surgery. By focusing on detail and understanding each person’s unique needs, she creates a patient-focused experience that encourages confidence and generates beautiful results.
Meet Maida Parkins, M.D.
"A friendly touch with results you can see"
As founder of Parkins Plastic Surgery, Milwaukee-area board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Maida Parkins emphasizes patient-centered care to safely achieve beautiful, natural-looking results.
Recovery after Nipple-Areola Reduction
Expect to experience some post-surgery soreness and discomfort, which can be managed with over-the-counter medication. These sensations should resolve on their own within days of the procedure.
Women are encouraged to sleep on their back for a few weeks, but can typically return to work the following day and a generally active lifestyle in just one week. Note that every patient is different, so it is important to be aware of how your own body is recovering, as well as to follow Dr. Parkins’ aftercare instructions and attend all necessary visits.
Inverted Nipple Correction
An average of 10%-20% of the population has either one or two inverted nipples, meaning the nipple retracts inwards underneath the areolar plane instead of pointing outwards. It affects both men and women with 87% of cases being bilateral inversion (both nipples) and they tend to not cause any life-threatening problems. Inverted nipples can be congenital or acquired and have three different grades according to the degree of fibrosis, ease of manipulation, and extent of lactiferous ducts damage.
Many inverted nipples may start before puberty and will resolve on their own as time goes on. If they don’t resolve on their own and continue into adulthood, repair may be needed for breastfeeding, psychosocial, and/or cosmetic purposes. Dr. Parkins offers inverted nipple correction for women and men under general or local anesthesia.
More Breast Surgery Choices
While nipple-areola reduction may be performed on its own or paired with lifts and reductions, it can also be part of augmentation with implants or fat grafting augmentation as desired. Any of these breast surgery options may be included in a Mommy Makeover.
Men seeking male breast reduction to address gynecomastia (development of male breasts) may also choose to have overly large nipples or areola reduced.