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Surgical Risks & Potential Complications of Breast Reduction Surgery
What are the surgical risks and potential complications of Breast Reduction Surgery?
Potential Risks and Complications of Breast Reduction
While breast reduction surgery, when performed by an experienced and qualified plastic surgeon, often has pleasing results, there are a number of breast reduction risks that you should be aware of. The decision to have breast reduction is extremely personal, and you’ll have to decide if the procedure will achieve your goals and whether or not the risks and potential complications are acceptable. While the majority of women do not experience these complications, Dr. Agha will discuss each potential complication with you to make sure you understand the risks and consequences of the procedure.
The risks of breast reduction surgery include:
Changes in nipple or breast sensation, which may be temporary or permanent
Risk related to anesthesia
Poor wound healing
Breast contour and shape irregularities
Skin discoloration, permanent pigmentation changes, swelling and bruising
Damage to deeper structures-such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs-can occur and may be temporary or permanent
Excessive firmness of the breast
Potential inability to breastfeed
Potential loss of skin/tissue of breast where incisions meet each other
Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola
Deep vein thrombosis, cardiac and pulmonary complications
Pain, which may persist
Allergies to tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injectable agents.
Fatty tissue deep in the skin could die (fat necrosis)
Possibility of revisional surgery
The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee.
Talk to Dr. Agha in detail about the potential risks, benefits and possible complications of breast reduction surgery before you commit to having the procedure performed.
Be aware that permanent scarring cannot be avoided when a patient undergoes breast reduction surgery. While plastic surgeons can do an excellent job of hiding and masking the scarring, and it will be hidden when wearing a bra or bathing suit, it will be present to some degree.
Prepare to face post-surgical pain. This can typically be managed through the use of prescription painkillers.
Be aware that all breast reduction procedures carry a risk that the woman will lose the ability to breastfeed. This is because some of the milk ducts and the breast gland are removed during the surgical procedure. If your ability to breastfeed is important to you, a breast reduction may not be the right choice until you have completed your family.
Be prepared for a period of several weeks to make a complete recovery from your breast reduction surgery.
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