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Risks and recovery of breast reduction?

Question posted by Sophia from Etobicoke, On

I am a 38 EE and very interested in a breast reduction.  I am only 5’4 and finding the weight hard on my back and uncomfortable in general.  I have heard the surgery is much more complicated than implants and harder on the body.  What is the downtime for this surgery and is there any risks of my breasts growing back after the surgery?

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  • Dear Sophia,

    Thank you for your clinical
    post.  All cosmetic plastic surgery
    involves some risks.  The risk is divided
    into uncommon and common, serious or minor. 
    Any uncommon complication that is serious can occur after any
    surgery.  Bad reactions to anesthethic,
    pneumonia, heart arrhythmias, strokes, deep venous blood clots, pulmonary
    embolus and even death can occur after even the simplest surgical
    procedure.  The risk of these uncommon
    and extremely rare events are in the order of 1:25,000 to 1:2,000,000.  Most patients make good decisions for
    elective surgery such as breast reduction on the more common things that may or
    may not dissuade them from having surgery. 
    The more common but manageable complications following breast reduction
    surgery include unwanted or unattractive scars. 
    The scars around the areola, under the breast can be large, red, raise,
    keloidal and unattractive.  There may be
    other surgical treatments and lasers required to modify those scars.  Other complications of breast reduction
    include asymmetry, delayed healing, loss of sensation, loss of nipple sensation
    and function, inability to breastfeed as well as dissatisfaction of the
    cosmetic result.  Wound breakdown, necrosis
    and loss of the nipple areolar complex are rare and more serious complications.

    In the vast majority of circumstances
    breast reduction surgery heals in an uncomplicated fashion and most patients
    are extremely happy.  It is very
    important to understand the nature of the scars and the position of the scars
    following breast reduction surgery so that the benefits that is reduction size
    of the gland and reduction of symptoms of the large breast is balanced by an
    acceptance of the breast scars required.

    There are a series of complications
    such as breast scars that can be managed with non-surgical techniques and for
    the most part well-educated patients who undergo breast reduction surgery are
    extremely happy.

    I hope this information is of some
    assistance and best of luck. For more information, visit:

    R. Stephen Mulholland, M.D.

    Certified Plastic Surgeon

    Yorkville, Toronto

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