• Breast Reduction

    • Anna Lee’s Information Center for Beautiful Breasts
    • Breast Reduction
title Side effects and Complications
Name Optima date 2012-04-16

Principle to determine surgical method before surgery


It is possible to say that every surgery is accompanied by some degree of risk. As for breast reduction surgery, there are general side effects such as infection, hematoma, and response to anesthesia. However, it is possible to reduce these risks with the proper preparations before surgery and management after surgery.


Breast reduction surgery is a difficult procedure that requires the steady hand of a qualified and experienced doctor. If precise planning and preparations are made with such a doctor, then it is possible to ensure safe surgery. Although small scars may be left behind, the release from physical pain and satisfaction due to change in physique would bring greater pleasure to the patient as well as to the doctor.


1. Problems of scar

All methods of Breast Reduction Surgery leave some form of a scar after surgery. However, after one year, the scar usually becomes shallower, so there is no need to worry about thick scarring after surgery. In addition, if scarring is a big concern, it is possible to get surgery to remove the scar. In the case of a keloidal physique, it is necessary to determine whether or not to have surgery after carefully listening to the explanation about scars before surgery.

As of recently, it is very rare to be left with a large scar due to breast reduction surgery because of the invention of periareola and vertical incision surgery.


2. Affect on breast feeding


Most methods of breast reduction surgery have a risk of causing an inconvenience to breast feeding. For unmarried women, it is recommended that you receive consultation for breast feeding before surgery, and any reduction surgery should be performed with care not to damage the mammary gland.


3. Decline of areolar sensitivity

Most methods of breast reduction surgery have a risk of causing a reduction in areolar sensitivity. For the most part, sensitivity generally recovers after about six months to one year, so it is not a huge concern. However, in some cases a decline in sensitivity may last forever, so it is recommended that unmarried women keep this in mind before opting for surgery.


4. Asymmetry

After resecting excessive breast tissue, it is possible for the size of the left and right breast to differ, and for asymmetry in the location of areolar to exist; most of which can be corrected again when required. The determination of whether asymmetry exists or not should be made six months after surgery because there may be distortion due to swelling. In addition, breast size is reduced about 20~30% from the size right after surgery, so it is best to consider reoperation once the swelling dissipates.