The Purpose and Function of the Areola and Nipple

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What is the purpose and function of the areola?

The areola helps to support the nipple and also contains Montgomery's glands which help to keep the nipple moisturized during breastfeeding.

How does breast reduction change the function of the Montgomery's glands?  Are they removed during surgery?

Montgomery's glands are modified sweat glands which produce secretions that act as a lubricant for breastfeeding.  In most cases, Montgomery's glands (the bumps on the periphery of the areola) are removed with reduction of the areola during breast reduction.  They should continue to function in their usual fashion if they are left in place.

You can also learn more about Nipple Repair here

  • Friday, 15 June 2012