Breast Reduction Risks

When patients are properly selected, breast reduction surgery involves very little risk. Every surgical procedure carries some level of risk, however. Risks associated with all surgery include complications from anesthesia, bleeding, fluid collection and others.

With risk factors low and complications infrequent, chances are you’ll sail through breast reduction in Sacramento. Nevertheless, it pays to take a moment and familiarize yourself with possible risks so you are completely prepared.

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Specific Risks of Breast Reduction

Risks associated specifically with breast reduction are:

  1. Unfavorable scarring: To accomplish breast reduction, a scar is necessary. In most cases scars are very acceptable and fade over time. However, there are occasions when patients are dissatisfied with their scars. This can be a result of infection, wound closure tension, genetics or a host of other factors. Luckily, there are techniques to improve the appearance of scars such as: silicone tape, steroid injections and laser treatment. Minor surgery for scar revision is also an option.
  2. Hematoma (bleeding): Should excess bleeding occur, patients most often return to the operating room where the bleeding can be controlled. Small hematomas are usually handled by observation as they typically resolve over time.
  3. Infections: Infections can be superficial or deep. Superficial infections are treated with oral antibiotics, whereas deeper infections may require more attention.
  4. Changes in nipple or breast sensation: Some women experience changes in sensation. These changes can be temporary or permanent.

Other risks that occur in just a fraction of cases include:

  1. Breast contour and shape irregularities
  2. Damage to deeper structures such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles and lungs
  3. Deep fatty tissue that does not survive (fat necrosis)
  4. Partial or total loss of nipple and areola
  5. Deep vein thrombosis, blood clots, cardiac and pulmonary complications
  6. Pain that may persist

Choosing Cosmetic Surgery in Sacramento

For most women, deciding to undergo cosmetic surgery is a big step; even for those who have suffered with overly large breasts most of their life. At Kaufman Plastic Surgery, we understand this and that’s why we have gathered materials to help you with your research. Read the articles and studies we’ve provided for you, and browse our breast reduction FAQ. Then, when you are ready, request a consultation with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. David Kaufman. He’ll take all the time you need to help you decide what’s right for you.