What is the aim of the areolar reduction surgery?
To reduce the overall size of the areolar, to make them more proportional to the breast and also more circular in shape.
How long will the results last?
There are changes in the breasts, areolar and nipples with age, pregnancy and breast feeding.
The results of the areolar reduction will withstand over time due to the positioning of a permanent stitch but the above factors will inevitably have effects on the tissues.
This varies from patient to patient and can be difficult to predict.
What happens on the day of surgery?
Prior to the day of surgery you will be given the following information and it is critical to know these details ahead of time:
On the day of surgery you will be checked in by a nurse and all your details will be confirmed and you will be changed into a surgical gown.
Dr Rory will see you before your surgery to run through all the details of the surgery, the consent forms as well as performing all your surgical markings. Multiple ID checks and procedure confirmation will be performed prior to your operation as safety is a priority.
After your surgery Dr Rory will notify your friends or family to let them know the procedure has finished and put thieir mind at ease. Depending of the procedure he will see you after the surgery and discuss the procedure.
When you are feeling comfortable, the team will then allow you to be discharged as planned that morning. All medicines and instructions will be given to you on your discharge.
How long will the surgery take?
If done in isolation, the surgery takes approximately thirty minutes. This does not include anaesthesia time. In total, the procedure may last sixty minutes.
Will the procedure be painful?
No, one of the primary aims of any procedure performed by Dr Rory is to create a pain free experience.
If performed under local anaesthetic, numbing cream is used to reduce the discomfort from the needle and if a general anaesthetic is used a long acting local anaesthetic agent is injected at the end of the procedure.
In terms of recovery, there will be some tenderness in the surgical area but it will be pain free.
What is the recovery period?
This is a minor procedure so the recovery period is three days.
What should I consider when recovering from the procedure?
There will be a specialized skin glue place on the surgical area and a splash proof dressing. This will allow you to shower with care.
No heavy exertional activity that will cause excessive sweating, heavy lifting or jerking chest movements in the first seven days.
The specialized skin glue will peel off at week three to four. At this time, a silicone based strip or gel should be applied to the dry healed scar in order to minimize the final appearance of the scar.
What is the cost of the procedure?
If performed alone, the cost of the procedure starts at 10,000 AED (excluding VAT).
The final cost is determined on a case by case basis dependent on complexity, additional procedures and also the form of anaesthesia.
A full surgical no-commitment consultation with Dr Rory will provide all the necessary details for your particular case.
What are the risks of the procedure?
These include some discomfort, infection, risk of bleeding and also the permanent stitch becoming exposed and the requirement to remove the stitch.
There is also the risk of stretching of the scar, recurrence of its original size and a change in sensation to the edge of the areola.
Anything in particularly important I should know about the procedure?
It’s a straightforward procedure with very high satisfaction rates.
Its most commonly performed in conjunction with other breast surgeries.
What is the follow up after the procedure?
Each patient has a follow up schedule that is different.
You will be advised by Dr Rory and his team your particular follow up journey.
Typically it involves seeing the team a week after surgery for a wound check, then protective dressings until the glue falls off.
Thereafter, scar checks are performed at the six week point. This schedule will differ between individuals.
Who is involved in my care?
Dr Rory is the primary physician in charge of all your care. He performs all procedures himself and is meticulous about every aspect of your care.
Once he has performed a procedure on you he is available for you as your on-call doctor.
He will provide you with contact details and will be available for you. If you have any questions or concerns at any time he is available to support you.
He has trained his team around him to an exceptionally high standard from his aesthetic coordinators to aesthetic nurses.
In some instances, for example, for photography, garment fitting, wound dressings, checks or removal of stitches, his highly trained team will perform the care liasing directly with Dr Rory with real time updates.
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