Breast reduction surgery has the same risks as any other type of major surgery — bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Other possible risks include:

  • Loss of sensation in the nipples and areolae
  • Loss of the nipples and areolae
  • Scarring
  • Difficulty breast-feeding
  • Asymmetry in size, shape, position and contour of the nipples or breasts, which might lead to further surgery to improve appearance
  • Allergic reaction to surgical tape or other materials used during or after the procedure

In addition, the risk of poor wound healing after breast reduction seems to be higher for women who have a higher body mass index.

After breast reduction surgery, it might take time to get used to the change in your appearance. Understanding what's involved in breast reduction surgery and weighing the benefits and risks ahead of time can help you decide if breast reduction surgery is right for you.

Oct. 08, 2011