Breast Reduction
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Breast Reduction Side Effects and Warnings

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Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a breast reduction, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding and bruising
  • Possible loss of sensation to the breast, nipple, and/or areola
  • Possible loss of ability to breast feed
  • Asymmetry between breasts
  • Limited arm and/or shoulder movement
  • Delayed wound healing
  • Scarring
  • Fluid or blood-filled cysts may develop in the healing breast tissue
  • Loss of nipple, areola, skin, or breast tissue due to change in blood supply

Some factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking, alcohol abuse , or drug use
  • Diabetes
  • Poor nutrition

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or any discharge from the incision site in the operated breasts
  • Nausea and/or vomiting that you cannot control with the medicines you were given after surgery, or which persist for more than two days after discharge from the hospital
  • Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been given
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Pain or swelling in your calves, legs, or feet
  • You have concerns about the size and/or shape of your breasts
  • Fluid or blood collecting in either breast
  • Any pain or stiffness when moving your arm

In case of an emergency, call 911.

 
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