The risks and complications for breast reduction include:
- Delayed wound healing and possible wound infection
- Development of a post-operative collection of blood in the wound - this might require draining in the operating theatre
- As the nipples are being repositioned and the breast is being tightened, there is a small risk that the nipple can undergo necrosis (die), but fortunately this is rare.
- Other issues with nipples can include numbness and shape changes. There will inevitably be a degree of differences between your breasts - some breast asymmetry is normal
- All operations carry a risk of blood clots occurring the legs (DVTs) that can migrate to the lungs (PEs) which, whilst rare, are serious.
- Revision surgery might be needed to make any adjustments in your result