Areola Reduction Surgery: What to Expect

Areola reduction surgery is one of the most common cosmetic procedures performed today. Cosmetic surgeons perform it all the time. They do it because they think it makes them look better or at least looks like their photo-shopped self. However, there are some things that you need to consider before going through with this procedure. You might not even realize that you have any imperfections around your eyes, nose, lips and chin area (the “areolas”). Some people don’t notice these areas until they get older and start noticing them less often. Others might not even realize that they have any imperfections at all.

The Areola Reduction Surgery: What to Expect section contains information about what to expect from the procedure itself, as well as other related topics such as recovery time, risks involved with the surgery, etc…

What to Expect From Areola Reduction Surgery?

When you go under the knife for areola reduction surgery, you will be getting rid of some excess skin around your face. There are two types of facial hair that may appear on your face during this procedure:

Hair growing outwards from the sides of your head and neck (known as “hirsutism”) Hair growing outwards from the top part of your forehead (known as “acne” or “acne keloidalis nuchae”)

Hair from the first area is fairly common, while the second type is not as common. For this reason, most people are surprised to hear that they have too much hair around their faces. Most women don’t realize that they have these types of hairs until they go in for a facial or areola reduction surgery.

Most people who have gone in for this procedure have been thankful that they did it. It’s not an invasive, painful, or risky procedure. Some patients have been able to go in for the surgery and come back to work the next day!

What you can Expect From Areola Reduction?

What to expect from areola reduction is fairly simple. The procedure involves a medical professional removing some skin from your face and upper body in order to get rid of the hairs that are growing out of control in those areas. It’s a fairly common procedure that doesn’t require any specialized training to complete. Most procedures are able to be completed within a few hours, and most people can return to their normal daily activities the very next day. Areola reduction is not as invasive as you might think.

People who have undergone areola reduction surgery have reported mixed results. Some patients have claimed that the procedure was completely unnecessary, while other patients have reported great improvements in how they look. Areola reduction is not a life threatening procedure, but it does come with some risks that you should be aware of.

Risks of Areola Reduction?

As with any medical procedure, there are several risks involved with areola reduction. While these risks are rare, it’s important that you keep yourself informed before going in for the surgery.

Most doctors will try to minimize these risks by keeping a close eye on you after the procedure. It’s also important to remember that these are just potential risks – they might not apply to you.

Infection: When you go in for the surgery, your doctor should keep you clean and sterile to avoid potential infection. If you do get an infection, it can lead to several other problems, such as permanent scaring or even worse health conditions. Excessive Bleeding: Similar to the risk of infection, excessive bleeding is a fairly uncommon risk with areola reduction surgery.

However, if too much blood is lost during the procedure, it can be difficult to replace it. This can lead to other complications down the road. Irritation: If you get skin removed from your face and upper body during this procedure, it’s natural for this area to feel a bit irritated afterwards. It may take several weeks for this irritation to wear off completely.

Risks vs. Benefits

Are the risks of areola reduction worth the potential benefits?

This is a question that only you can answer. Many patients have reported good experiences with this procedure, but it all depends on your expectations going into the surgery. If you go in expecting to look exactly like the after photos that your doctor shows you, you’re very likely to be disappointed with the results. On the other hand, if you go in with realistic expectations and a strong desire to get rid of your unwanted hair, you’ll probably have a much better outcome.

All surgeries come with their own risks. In the case of areola reduction surgery, most people who have undergone the procedure have reported good results without any major complications. Talk to your doctor about the potential benefits and risks of this procedure before you make a final decision about whether or not to undergo areola reduction surgery.

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