Althought breast reduction is not a simple operation, it’s usually safe when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon such as Dr. Lesavoy. However, as with any surgery, there is always a possibility of complications, which include bleeding, infection, or reaction to the anesthesia. Some patients develop small sores around their nipples after surgery; these can be treated with antibiotic creams. You can reduce your risks by closely following Dr. Lesavoy’s advice both before and after surgery.
Breast reduction surgery does leave noticeable, permanent scars, although they’ll be covered by your bra or bathing suit. Smokers are more likely to heal poorly and have wider scars. In the Gallery “After” pictures the scars depicted are after approximately six to eight weeks. Ususally scars become less noticeable after six to twenty-four months and vary with each individual.
The procedure can also leave you with slightly mismatched breasts or unevenly positioned nipples. Future breast-feeding may not be possible, since the surgery removes many of the milk ducts leading to the nipples.
Some patients may experience a permanent loss of feeling in their nipples or breasts. Rarely, the nipple and areola may lose their blood supply and the tissue will die. The nipple and areola can usually be rebuilt, however, using skin grafts from elsewhere on the body.