Breast Reduction Risk Factors:

Below is a list of the possible risk factors involved with a breast reduction. Although most of these items are not common they are something that should be thought about differently for each individual. Along with risk factors are the complications that can go along with a reduction as well. Please look into each of them carefully to find out the facts that you may need to know. For men please click here for male breast reduction information.

Risk and Complications:

Fat Necrosis
Skin Necrosis
Permanent Numbness
Anesthesia Reaction
Reactions to Medications
Breastfeeding Problems
Hematoma
Wound Separation
Seroma
Loss of Sensation
Nipple Loss
Infections Associated with Surgery

Other Less Serious Conditions:

Asymmetry
Change in nipple color
Dissatisfaction with breast size (too small or too large)
Irregularities in position of nipples and areola
Keloid (heavy scar)
Nerve Damage
Nipple loss (About 1%)
Nipple numbness
Pain
Slow healing
Swelling
Visible scars

Description of Risk Factors and Complications:

Fat Necrosis
This Risk is much more common is larger reductions of around 1000 grams and shows a risk factor of about 15%. For individuals having less than 800 grams per breast will only show up about 1% of the time. Fat Necrosis is described as the death of fat cells that may cause a lump or visible bump in the skin.

Permanent Numbness
This is a very rare problem but can be one of the most difficult to deal with. During surgery it is possible to sever nerves which will cause the loss of sensation in the breasts or single breast. This can also possibly occur in a small area of the breast without the patient noticing the loss of sensation.

Nipple Loss
In some rare cases the nipples can lose their supply of blood causing the cells to die. It is possible for some patients to have to have the nipple completely removed although it is rare. This is one of the major risk factors of why doctors recommend that you wait until after you have fully completed breast feeding.

Anesthesia Reaction
Very few people have a reaction to the anesthesia. Ask you doctor if they can perform a test that will allow you to see if you are allergic.

Wound Separation
It is possible for the incisions to pull apart. This normally only happens if a patient tries to return to work to quickly or undergoes strenuous activity.

Asymmetry
It is possible for the breasts of a patient to be of different size post surgery. It is also possible to undergo further surgery to help alleviate this problem.

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