Big Areola

Big Areola was fashionable in the olden day. Big Areola is no longer an asset anymore. People prefers a smaller one nowadays. Many are dying to get an update and follows the trend of having a small areola.

Definition of Big Areola

The big areola is defined as that portion of pigmented skin lying immediately beside the nipple and, is a circular disc shaped area found at the apex of the breast, when it is bigger than 2 cm diameter. However, such numerical value is rather arbitrary.

It can measure from 1 to 3 cm or more in radius. Non pregnant lady has a small areola, but the pregnant lady will has larger areola which is permanent from and, after 2nd trimester of first pregnancy.


Big Areola

Big Areola: Areola Reduction Surgery to resect the outer most ring of areola skin away and skin approximated back.



Big Areola

Big Areola | Big Breast | Generally has a bigger areola due to over stretching over the original size of areola so as to accommodates a larger volume breast as seen in this case.



Various causes of bigger areola:

Big Areola can be caused by a number of reasons as listed below, which by no means is exhaustive:

1. Big Areola: Genetic/ ethnic

Some of the ethnic group in general tend to have a Big Areola/bigger sized areola as compared to he others. This is found in the African, South Asian, and Caucasian.

2. Big Areola: Intra ethnic variation

Even within the same ethnic group, some individual tends to have big areola and breast than other. for example, in the Mongoloid, the areola size are smaller in general among the population.

3. Big Areola: Obesity/ weight gain

Any rapid weight gain can cause enlarged breast and over stretching of the breast skin and the areola skin causing big areola, which has to accommodates a larger volume of underlying breast tissue.

4. Big Areola: Adolescent

During the adolescent period, there is increased FSH, LH during each cycle of the menstrual period. These and the oestrogen also helps to increase the size of the nipple and thus causing a big areola.

The general presence of the human growth hormone will also promote the increase in tissue during the growth phase of the body from teenager into adulthood.

5. Big Areola: Pregnancy

By far the most common cause is attributed to the pregnancy which increases the length and the size of the nipple and big areola.. This is mainly due to the surging oestrogen and progesterone level. The hormone encourage the increase in size of the tissue especially the lactating ducts. The hormone also helps to grow on the size of the 10 to 15 gland lobules.

The more the number of pregnancies, the likely larger is the areola.

6. Big Areola: Lactation

During the lactation period, the prolactin hormone further stimulates the increase in size of the mammary glandular tissue, but also that of the nipple and areola.

Treatment of big areola


The best is still by surgical means. Dr David Ling having 25 years of experience and the field of cosmetic surgery, having private practice in his aesthetic clinicClinic Laser and Cosmetic Surgery Ling, can use minimally invasive procedure to trim the diameter of the areola by areola reduction surgery.

Breast augmentation using implant can be deployed to replace back the lost volume of the beast and brings about lifting and firming for small breast to medium-sized breast.

For larger or big breastbig areola and big nipple, reshaping the breast through volume redistribution can help. These includes: areola reduction surgery and nipple reduction surgery.

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