Just like all other surgeries, there are a number of side effects that can occur when having a breast reduction surgery. While the advancements made in plastic surgery technologies, procedures, and techniques have made breast reduction a safe procedure, this is still no guarantee that the procedure will run smoothly. Nothing is 100 percent perfect and breast reduction is no exception. Regardless of who performs your surgery, there will always be side effects present.
This is why it is important to ensure that your decision to undergo the breast reduction procedure is purely your own. In other words, you must allow anyone to pressure or influence you into going under the knife because the results may be irreversible. However, if it is truly your wish to have this surgery, then you should first analyze the side effects, risks and potential complications of the procedure before making the final decision. Afterwards, if you still feel that the benefits are higher than the side effects and risks, then this surgery may be suited for you.
During your consultation, the plastic surgeon will thoroughly explain the side effects and risks involved in breast reduction. If you have any questions or concerns about the side effects, make sure to take them up with the surgeon before the surgery. Once you decide to go through with the surgery, you will be required to sign consent forms that states that you understand the side effects, risks and potential complications of the surgery.
The most common side effects of the breast reduction surgery include nausea, vomiting, and light-headedness. With that said, these are just short-term side effects resulting from the general anesthesia used during the surgery. They will subside within a few hours after the surgery.
As for the long-term side effects of breast reduction, this may include the decrease in breast milk production. If you are a breastfeeding mother, you may experience issues with breastfeeding your baby, which is why it is usually discouraged among would-be mothers. Now, the second common long-term side effect of breast reduction is changes in nipple sensation or loss of nipple sensation. The change and/or loss in nipple sensation can either be temporary or permanent. It happens due to the injury or damage of nerves during the surgery. There is also a risk that your nipple or areola may die as a result of the surgery. This is called nipple necrosis.
On the other hand, scarring is an unavoidable side effect of breast reduction, but it does fade over time. Unfortunately, it will never completely disappear. Having said that, the extent and intensity of the scars varies depending on the surgical technique and skills of the surgeon. This is why it is important to discuss this with your surgeon in advance of the surgery because there may be a way to mitigate the level of scarring.
Aside from that, there is also the risk of your breasts appearing asymmetrical after the breast reduction surgery. In this case, you may need an additional corrective surgery.
If you have a weak immune system, there is a risk your surgical wound may contract infections. For cases such as these, your surgeon will prescribe you with antibiotics to be taken after the procedure.
Other side effects of the breast reduction surgery include seroma, hematoma, excessive bleeding, blood clotting, poor wound healing, excessive swelling, tinting of the skin, bruising, nerves and muscles damage, hardening of the breasts, loss of skin, pain and discomforts and fat necrosis.
People suffering from diseases like diabetes, hypertension, a blood disorder, weak immune system, autoimmune disorders, respiratory problems and heart diseases are more at risk from these side effects. Consequently, it is important to choose an experienced, Board-Certified plastic surgeon because they can help reduce the risks and side effects involved in the breast reduction surgery.
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