non surgical ways to reduce areola

Non Surgical Ways to Reduce Areola

Nikki Butler

Nikki Butler

Are there non surgical ways to reduce areola size?

I wanted to write a post regarding this question, as I am asked several time a month whether there are non surgical ways to reduce areola size. 

The honest answer is no, there aren’t. The only way to reduce the size of your areola is with surgery.  BUT, there are treatments that can help you once you have had surgery.  As we all know, surgery leaves scars behind, it’s an inevitable part of the healing process.  If you do go ahead and have  surgical areola reduction, then your scarring can be treated with two different types of treatment.  Read on to find out more. 

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Microneedling for areola reduction surgery scars

Whilst there aren’t non surgical ways to reduce areola size, there are treatments that can help with scarring.  Microneedling is an excellent treatment and one that I regularly use for ladies and men that have had cosmetic surgery procedures. 

This type of microneedling is different from the cosmetic facial kind that you may have seen all over social media. Medical Microneedling works at a much deeper level in the skin, breaking down old scar tissue and stimulating fresh collagen and elastic. This treatment also stimulates your melanin production, helping your skin to return to your natural skin tone (not your natural areola colour, but your natural overall skin tone).  You can click HERE to find out more. 

Medical Tattooing for areola reduction surgery scars

Medical Tattooing would typically follow a course of scar reduction treatment, such as microneedling. The reason that microneedling first is so important, is because it helps to improve the quality of the scar tissue, prior to tattooing. 

Tattooing into unprepared scar tissue can be unpredictable. Scar tissue tends to grab pigment, or reject it – and there’s no way of knowing ahead of your procedure.  Microneedling prepares your scar tissue for tattooing, improving the quality and feel of the skin and improving your chance of better retention and eveness of colour. 

In many cases, microneedling can be engough, negating the need for medical tattooing.  Everyone’s skin is different, so its impossible to be exact about your results, but combining microneedling and medical tattooing is as good as it’s going to get! A powerful couple of treatment, if you will.  You can click HERE to discover more about medical tattooing. 

Non surgical ways to reduce areola size

I appreciate that this may not be the answer that you were looking for.  I am approached on a regular basis about tattooing to reduce the areola size.  I’m afraid it’s not an effective treatment, and I’ll give you an insight into why below. 

  1. It’s not possible to tattoo a natural darker colour lighter with pigments. The darker colour will always show through. You will find a Medical Tattooist that will do this for you, because frankly, people will take your money! Please believe me when I tell you that the results will be very poor and removing pigment isn’t always possible if you’re unhappy with the results. 
  2. Areola tissue is not the same as the rest of your skin. It is raised and has a different texture. You would always be able to see the true outline of your areola, even if someone did tattoo it for you. 

The last thing I am going to say to you is this – there is no perfect size of areola for your breast. We are bombarded with images on social media about what we ‘should’ look like and what’s ‘normal’.  Take it from me, there is no such thing as normal – every single one of us has different size breasts and areola. And nearly all of us will have different shaped areola, different colour tone and different position on our breasts. Imperfection is NORMAL! I can promise you that!

If you are considering a surgical option, then please, please, please spend some time researching your plastic surgeon. I am able to recommend a fabulous Hampshire based surgeon if anyone would like his details.  Please book a consultation with your surgeon, ask to see healed photographs and make sure you fully understand the risks.  I have treated far too many scars from plastic surgery that has not gone to plan, where my clients have been devastated with the results, because they didn’t know the risks or what to expect.

I hope that you have found my blog helpful.  If you’d like to discuss the treatments I’ve mentioned here, then please get in touch.  Nikki 


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