Common Problems after Breast Reduction Surgery

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Common Problems after Breast Reduction Surgery

Breast reduction surgery is a common procedure done either for medical or cosmetic purposes to reduce the size of a person’s breasts. Generally, the benefits of this procedure outweigh the risks, and the risks are also minimal.

So, let’s explore some common problems that you may face after this surgery.

Overall Weakness and Fatigue

It’s common for people to experience weakness after the procedure. It is generally caused by a combination of nutritional changes and hormonal imbalance. It typically lasts for a month after your surgery. But, it can be sped by:

  • Drinking loads of water
  • Avoiding caffeine
  • Avoiding alcohol
  • Eating nutritional food
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    Breast Tenderness

    You may experience discomfort, soreness, or sensitivity in the breast area. This tenderness may feel like a dull ache, soreness, or sensitivity to touch in the surgery region, including the breasts and surrounding tissue. While mild chest tenderness is typical during the recovery period, continuous tenderness may require medical attention to ensure proper healing.


    Breast Tissue or Nipple Asymmetry

    Post surgery, some people may experience uneven appearance or alignment of the breasts or nipples. This may result in one breast being larger or smaller than the other or having different shapes. Similarly, nipple asymmetry can involve differences in nipple size, shape, or position between the two breasts.


    Loss of Nipple Sensation

    This refers to a condition where you’re unable to feel any sensation in the nipples and their surrounding areas after the breast reduction procedure. This can happen due to nerve damage and tissue removal. It’s essential for individuals undergoing this surgery to discuss potential risks and outcomes with their surgeon beforehand.

    Delayed Wound Healing

    Sometimes, incisions made during breast reduction surgery can take longer than expected to heal. Several factors, like poor blood circulation, infection, and tension on the incision sites, cause this delay. Regular follow-up appointments with your surgeon are essential to monitor the healing progress.



    The chances of getting an Infection after this surgery are rare. Common signs of infection include redness that feels hot to the touch, intense discomfort, and foul-smelling discharge from the wound.



    Hematoma is a rare problem faced after this procedure. It is a type of blood clot that occurs under the skin. If it starts expanding and the blood vessel starts bleeding after the surgery, your breasts can become tight and painful. So, if you even have slight doubts about this, consult your surgeon.

    So, although this procedure is a relatively safe procedure for reducing your breast size, there are some problems, as mentioned above. It’s better to consult a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss the possible risks, manage your expectations, and develop a suitable post-surgery care plan.

    Dr. Rajat Gupta

    MBBS, MS, DNB(Gen. Surg.),
    DNB (Plastic Surgery)

    Dr. Rajat Gupta is a board certified plastic surgeon in India with 13 years of experience to back his expertise in the domain of aesthetic surgeries.

    Having completed his training from Maulana Azad Medical College and equipped with a thorough understanding of aesthetic needs of people, Dr. Gupta strives to offer the best remedies and cosmetic procedures outfitted with the latest technology to the aspirants in India and across the globe. To book an appointment, call: +91-9251711711 or email:

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