The most common risks of breast reduction surgery include:
- scars. Breast reduction surgery always leaves visible scars on the breasts. but the severity of the scars varies from person to person and depending on the type of incision. Although red and swollen at first, the scars usually fade over time. but the scars can remain very visible in some people long after surgery. Fortunately, incisions can usually be limited to areas of the breast that can be covered by a bra.
- Unevenly placed nipples or breasts that are not the same size or shape.
- loss of sensation in the nipples or breasts. this is often temporary, lasting a few months. but in some cases, it lasts much longer or becomes permanent. Since some people with large breasts do not have much breast tenderness before surgery, this may not be a concern.
- not being able to breastfeed after surgery. some people can still breastfeed, depending on the type of reduction that has been done.
- Excessive bleeding during surgery.
- reaction to anesthesia.
- blood clots in large veins that travel to the heart and lungs (pulmonary embolism). this is not common
Less commonly, damage to the blood supply to the breast can occur during surgery. this can slow down the skin’s healing process. Loss of part or all of the nipple and areola can also occur, but this is not common.
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Other risks of surgery include:
These risks can be serious or even life-threatening, but they are rare.
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