• Category: Breast Reduction Q&A

Breast reduction carries its own share of risks. Some of the common breast reduction surgery side effects include:

  • Swelling
  • soreness
  • Thick scarring
  • Unevenly shaped breasts and nipples
  • Loss of nipple sensation
  • Wound healing problems
  • Hematoma or seroma
  • Lumpy breasts or fat necrosis
  • Breastfeeding difficulties

What are some complications or side effects associated with breast reduction surgery?

Well, number one, obvious one is pain.

Some people experience pain following the surgery and in some cases this pain can be experienced you know over sometime after the surgery.

Another issue is scarring. People experience painful scarring or may have not only painful scarring but some aesthetically displeasing scarring associated with the procedure.

A decrease in the sensation about the nipple areola is another potential complication associated procedure this usually occurs in women with very very large breasts and it may happen up to 15 to 20 percent of the time in some women.

Also along the same lines women who are interested in breastfeeding may have a hard time breastfeeding because of the disruption in the anatomy of the breasts following a breast reduction.

Hematomas are collections of blood underneath the skin along with seroma which are collections of fluid underneath the skin are complications associated with the procedure. And these complications may require further surgical intervention following the initial breast reduction.

Asymmetries where with one breast larger than the other is a possible outcome from the procedure; this is present normally in most women, however it becomes or may become more obvious after the surgery itself.

Another complication is wound healing. In some cases women may have or patients may have a prolonged wound healing or delayed wound healing related to possible wound infections or wound disruptions that may require what we call local wound care.

These are just some of the side effects or complications associated with breast reduction surgery.

I encourage you to discuss these and any more with your plastic surgeon so as you can make an informed decision

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