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Is it possible to lighten the areola and nipples as well as make them smaller? What...

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Is it possible to lighten the areola and nipples as well as make them smaller? What are the side effects, risks, and the cost for such a procedure?

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Currently the best intervention for lightening the areola or any pigmented area would be with skin bleachers, such as hydroquinone and kojic acid that will remove pigment with continued use. You should be able to receive guidance in this regard from an ASAPS-member plastic surgeon. Cost would be ongoing, and would include charges for office visits and products. Costs may vary depending on your geographic area and the surgeon you select. Risks and side effects are minimal, assuming the patient is not allergic to the product(s). This treatment would be contraindicated during pregnancy or breast-feeding.

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