Possible complications from having breast reduction?

I’m considering a breast reduction and would like to know all the risks and possible complications that come along with it.


F, 60, Pennsylvania

Breast reduction is a very safe, straightforward procedure to reduce the size of the breasts.  There are different techniques that can safely be applied to achieve the desired results.  The 3 main risks of any surgical procedure - bleeding, infection, and wound complications - also apply to breast reductions.  The risk of bleeding is small but not zero.  Some surgeons place drains during the procedure which usually stay in for a few days to a couple of weeks, depending upon outputs.  Risk of infection is small, but your surgeon may have you on antibiotics postoperatively.  Wound complications during breast reductions are actually not uncommon, especially at the "T junctions", which is where the incisions come together.  Wound separations at these points are generally treated successfully with nonsurgical wound care and most often heal without any issues.

Other risks include asymmetry, changes in sensation, over-reduction, under-reduction, and visible scarring.  I suggest you consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to discuss your goals and options.  You can post your information through a Request right here on Zwivel and get multiple opinions and recommendations from plastic surgeons in your area.

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