Breast reduction is a safe and proven cosmetic surgery procedure with a very high success rate. However, like any other surgery, certain risks will be associated with breast reduction procedure.
The risk of infection, poor anesthesia reaction, asymmetrical breasts, and uneven nipple height are some of the key risks. The patient should carefully weigh the risks and benefits in order to make a judicious decision.
Prior to the surgery, the patient will be required to sign consent forms stating that they have understood the risks and are ready for the surgery. Khan Plastic Surgery, led by board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Farah Naz Khan, provides breast reduction to patients in Dallas, Texas and surrounding locations.
In a few cases, the patient may feel after the breast reduction procedure that her breasts are asymmetrical. Some asymmetry is natural, and would be within normal limits. However, any significant asymmetry between the breasts will have to be corrected by way of a revision cosmetic surgery. Fully trained and experienced breast surgeons are able to minimize such cosmetic risks and perform the surgery correctly the first time itself.
Uneven Nipple Height
Breast reduction will alter the shape and size of the breasts, and some amount of breast skin will be moved from its position. To maintain a natural look of the new breast size, the surgeon may have to reposition the nipples. In rare cases, the nipple height may become irregular when the nipples grafted into a new location.
Numbness or Change of Sensation
Temporary loss of sensation in the incision areas may occur after breast reduction surgery. This risk is higher when the nipples are repositioned following a substantial breast tissue reduction. Patients should choose a board certified plastic surgeon who will have the necessary training and will follow the latest safety protocols to minimize the risks and perform a conservative yet satisfactory procedure.
Once the woman has gone through breast reduction, it may not be possible for her to breastfeed in the future. This risk can vary according to the type of reduction surgery technique used. In case of anchor pattern incision, the risk is higher because several milk ducts will be removed, making it difficult to breastfeed in the future. If the patient has only fatty tissue in the breasts and no glandular tissue, the procedure can be performed using liposuction, which will minimize this risk.
Typical Surgical Risks
Adverse Anesthesia Reaction
A major surgery such as breast reduction will typically be performed with the patient under general anesthesia. Despite all precautions, the patient may have a poor reaction to anesthesia in a few cases.
If the patient has a history of clot formation, and even otherwise, there is a rare possibility of a blood clot forming inside a blood vessel during the surgery.
Infection, seroma, hematoma, slow healing and unfavorable scarring are some other risks that are associated with any surgical procedure. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas and nearby areas for breast reduction.