General Risks of Surgery

Elective surgery is generally very safe, including plastic surgery.  However, Sacramento women should familiarize themselves with all the possible risks in order to be fully informed and prepared. When you come in for your consultation, we will review the possible risks of breast surgery with you in depth. In the meantime, please take a moment to study the links below and note any questions you may have.

You’ll be glad to know Dr. David Kaufman is a board-certified plastic surgeon, meaning he has met the highest standards for education, training and peer review in his field.

Risks of Breast Surgery

General surgical risks include anesthesia complications, excess bleeding, fluid collection, adverse reaction to medications and others. Risks related to breast surgery include:

  1. Unacceptable scarring: Most patients’ scars fade to be quite faint within a few months of surgery. Some patients, however, find their scars to be more prominent than they would like, whether due to genetics, infection or other conditions. Most unfavorable scars can be improved with minor revision surgery.
  2. Changes in sensation: Temporary changes in sensation can accompany some breast surgeries but rarely these changes are permanent.
  3. Changes in skin appearance: Some swelling and bruising is to be expected, as patients occasionally experience skin discoloration or changes in pigmentation. Very rarely are these changes permanent.

Other risks that happen to a fraction of women may include irregularities in breast shape, damage to internal structures such as muscles and nerves, fatty tissue necrosis, blood clots and persistent pain. Dr. Kaufman and his staff will give you detailed pre- and post-op instructions to help you avoid complications and have a smooth recovery.

Getting Started

Dr. Kaufman has worked with thousands of women – patients who have sailed through their procedures and been delighted with their results – including women who fly in for surgery from across the United States and even from other countries.

Request a consultation online or call (916) 983-9895 and plan a visit to our office in Folsom, just east of Sacramento, at 2220 East Bidwell Street.