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Medically reviewed by Dr Kam Singh Bsc(Hons), MRCGP, MBCAM

Medical Advisory Committee for Nu Cosmetic Clinic

Last Reviewed February 20th 2024

What is Areola Correction(Nipple Correction)?

Areola correction, or nipple correction, is a cosmetic surgery procedure that focuses on changing the size, shape, or appearance of the areola—the pigmented area around the nipple. People often opt for this surgery for aesthetic reasons or to address concerns related to areola asymmetry, size, or shape.

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The surgery is conducted under general anesthetic. During the procedure, your surgeon will reshape the areola by removing the excess skin. Absorbable stitches are then used to secure the skin and sometimes deep, permanent stitches are used to prevent stretching of the skin and areola after surgery. The surgery will take place at a specialist private hospitals by a fully registered cosmetic surgeon.

Later Progress

After surgery, you may feel bruised and sore but this will subside over coming weeks. We normally recommend people to take about a week off from work to recover from the surgery. At Nu Cosmetic, we ensure that you will receive free aftercare for a lifetime from the team of experts we refer you to. Click here to know more about the lifetime aftercare policy.

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Advantages of Areola Reduction

Areola reduction, as a cosmetic surgery option, comes with some potential benefits. It’s important to note that individual experiences can differ, and deciding on any cosmetic procedure should be done after being fully informed. Here are some benefits of areola reduction:

Enhanced Appearance

One of the main reasons people choose areola reduction is to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing look. By reducing the size of enlarged areolas, the breast’s overall appearance can become more balanced and proportionate.

Boosted Confidence

People who feel self-conscious about their areola size or appearance can undergo reduction surgery. This may lead to increased self-confidence and a more positive body image.

Symmetry Improvement

Areola reduction can address asymmetry issues, helping create a more symmetrical and harmonious appearance between the two breasts.

Post-Pregnancy Restoration

Pregnancy and breastfeeding can cause changes in breast and areola size. Areola reduction can help in restoring the pre-pregnancy look, contributing to a sense of rejuvenation.

Customizable Results

Areola reduction is a personalized procedure. This means individuals can discuss their specific goals and preferences with a plastic surgeon, resulting in outcomes that align with their desires.

Minimally Invasive

Areola reduction is typically performed on an outpatient basis under local anaesthesia. It’s generally a minimally invasive procedure, resulting in a shorter recovery period compared to more extensive surgeries.

If you are considering areola reduction, please talk to our experienced cosmetic surgeon at Nu Cosmetic Clinic. We will provide a comprehensive assessment, discuss your goals and expectations, and address any concerns. As with any cosmetic procedure, discussing the benefits and risks is essential for making an informed decision.

Recovery Process

Since areola reduction is a minimally invasive process, the recovery period is short. By following the post-operative care guidelines, you can ensure a quick and smooth recovery experience. Here is what you can expect during your recovery period:

  • You may experience some mild discomfort, swelling, and bruising around the areolas immediately after the surgery. Our surgeon will provide you with pain medication if needed. We advise you to bring somebody who can drive you home after the procedure.
  • Get plenty of rest during the initial days of surgery. Do not engage in strenuous activities or heavy lifting for two to three weeks as that can result in complications and prevent proper healing.
    Our surgeon will provide you with instructions on caring for the incision sites. It is important to keep the area clean and dry. We may also prescribe you an ointment or cream to apply to the wound site.
  • You may need to wear a supportive bra, padding, or dressing to provide support to the healing breasts. This can help reduce swelling and promote optimal healing.
  • Attend all scheduled follow-up appointments with your surgeon. They will monitor your progress, remove any stitches if necessary, and address any concerns you may have.
  • Most patients can return to their normal daily activities within 24 to 48 hours, but the specific timeline can vary. Our surgeon will inform you on when it’s safe to resume activities like exercise and work.
  • Swelling and discomfort are common initially but should gradually subside. If you experience persistent or worsening symptoms, it’s important to contact our surgeon promptly.
  • The incisions will leave scars, but they typically fade over time. Your surgeon may recommend scar care practices to minimize their visibility.

Risks & Complications

As with any surgery, there is the small risk of complications with Areola Reduction surgery. At the time of your consultation, the expert we refer you to will take you through the risks in detail so that you can take an informed decision.

They will not push you for surgery. They will give you all the time and guidance you need to take a decision. They will give you a comprehensive Areola Reduction Patient Guide to take home with you. This will answer most of your queries and concerns. If you have any further questions, you can give them a call and they will provide their expert advice. You will love them for their honesty, integrity and professionalism.


The Clinics we refer you to are situated in Belfast, Birmingham, Bolton, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Liverpool, London, Leeds, Leamington Spa, Leicester, Preston and Sheffield.

Areola Reduction Surgery Price and Finance Option

At Nu Cosmetic Clinic, we offer various financing options for all surgical and non-surgical cosmetic surgeries. One of our financing options is the 0% interest-free credit plan. With this plan, you can borrow any amount* and spread the repayments over 10 months without incurring any interest charges.

We have also partnered with Zebra Health Finance to offer various flexible finance packages with repayment periods of 12, 24, 36, 48, or 60 months (interest applicable). Our dedicated team is here to help you explore these options, ensuring affordability and guiding you through the financing process.

We’re committed to making your cosmetic surgery journey accessible and tailoring it to your financial preferences. Book a free consultation with our experts to discuss your surgery details and achieve the best results.

Remember, we often have offers & can sometimes price match other providers, so call us on 0800 007 5860 with any queries.


Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the surgery normally takes about 90 minutes, not including time in recovery.

Yes, the results of areola reduction are permanent. If you gain a substantial amount of weight, or you have a baby, your breasts and therefore nipples may change shape, however they will always be smaller/ have a better shape than they would have been if you had not had the surgery.

We recommend that people take a week off work following the procedure (more if your job is particularly physical). Strenuous activities, heavy lifting and intense exercise should be avoided for about 6 weeks after your surgery.

No, the only way to reduce the size, or change the shape of your nipples is by surgery.

Yes, you can combine this procedure with other breast or body surgeries. You can discuss this in full at your free consultation.

Whenever skin is cut, nerves are also cut; this may result in altered sensation to the area, particularly at the incision site. All care will be taken to maintain sensation as much as possible.

You should be at a healthy weight for your height when you have surgery as this lowers risks related to anaesthetic. For the best aesthetic results, we recommend that you are at your ideal weight at the time of surgery as further weight loss or gain can change the results of your surgery.

You should check with your surgeon regarding safe timings of air travel following your surgery. Many airlines have their own protocols and you should inform your travel insurance company if you have had recent surgery.
We recommend that in the weeks after surgery, you are close to one of the locations Nu Cosmetic Clinic can refer you to in case you have any concerns, so foreign holidays may be best avoided until a few months after your procedure.

All clients must be at least 18 years of age to have surgery. We do not set an upper age limit for our procedures, suitability for surgery will be discussed at your free consultation with your surgeon.

Yes, if you are at all unsure about what your surgeon has told you, we will be more than happy to refer you for a second free consultation with another surgeon.

All of the surgeons we refer you to are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and all relevant specialist bodies. Please feel free to ask the surgeon about his experience and qualifications at your consultation; they understand and support that this is vital information to your decision making process.

Nu Cosmetic Clinic offers referrals to a range of locations across the UK.

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