All surgery inevitably carries some uncertainty and risk.
Breast reduction is not a simple operation, but it’s a safe procedure when performed by a qualified plastic surgeon. Nevertheless, as with any surgery, there is always a possibility of complications, including bleeding, infection, or reaction to the anaesthesia. You can reduce your risks by closely following our advice both before and after surgery.
The procedure does leave noticeable, permanent scars, although your bra or bathing suit will cover them. Poor healing and wider scars are more common in smokers which is why it’s important not to smoke as smoking may increase the risk of complications and delay healing. 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 however be reconstructed.