As with all surgeries, complications and risks are a possibility in this type of surgery. General risks may include infection, bleeding or reaction to anesthesia. Breast surgery also carries its own specific risks including:
Loss of Breast and Nipple Sensation: Surgery may increase the possibility of nerve damage or reduced blood supply to the breast or the nipple. If this occurs, sensation can be lost temporarily or permanently in areas of the breast or nipple or both. For very large breasts, it may not be possible to move the nipple and areola while leaving them attached to the nerves and blood vessels. In these cases, the nipple and areola may be removed and grafted into a new location on the breast which may cause permanent loss of sensation.
Inability to Breast Feed: There is also a risk that breastfeeding will not be possible after breast surgery. Following surgery, there may be damage to or loss of the milk glands in the breast. This could lead to an inability to produce enough milk to sufficiently breastfeed.
Permanent Scarring: Another side effect of breast surgery is that it leaves permanent scars on the breasts. The vertical and horizontal scars are most visible, and scars remain after the breast is completely healed. Some breast surgeries require smaller or fewer incisions than others.
Breast Asymmetry: Another possible breast surgery risk is that the breasts may not be symmetrical in size and shape after surgery. There is risk that the nipple may not be positioned properly or the nipples may not be the same height.
It is important to be aware of potential risks when considering a surgical procedure. Thankfully, breast surgery risks such as these are typically rare when performed by an experienced cosmetic surgeon. During a consultation at Anne Nickodem, M.D., in Annandale, Dr. Nickodem can help choose the breast surgery procedure best suited for you and assess your chance of experiencing potential risks. Contact us today at 703-560-8711 or aestheticallyyours.com to schedule an appointment.