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Can a breast reduction procedure kill you?

Can a breast reduction procedure kill you?

Very Safe: Risks: infection, bleeding, seroma, hematoma, wound healing problems, abnormal scarring, loss of sensation, inability to breast-feed, breast asymmetry, necrosis of tissue or skin, unsatisfactory cosmetic results, unpredictability of exact cup size, recurrence of the breast hypertrophy, the potential for further surgery, venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, pneumonia and death (very rare). ...Read more

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Dr. Tom Pousti
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Breast Reduction Surgery (Definition)

Reducing breast tissue mass and elevating the breasts on the chest wall tend to improve or alleviate many of the symptoms associated with disproportionately large breasts. It tends to be one of the most patient pleasing ...Read more


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What is a breast reduction procedure like?

What is a breast reduction procedure like?

High Satisfaction: The most satisfying procedure plastic surgeons offer nationwide is breast reduction. If your bust is so large that it causes functional problems, reduction will invariably please you. The only takeaway of reduction is that a scar is necessary on the breast. The type of scar depends on the breast shape and size. ...Read more

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Who should consider a breast reduction procedure?

Who should consider a breast reduction procedure?

Heavy breast symptom: Almost all breast reductions are done for symptoms caused by heavy large breasts: upper back and neck pain, shoulder grooving from the bra straps, and repeated fungal infections in the folds under the breasts. This is generally not a cosmetic procedure, because of the scarring it leaves. Sometimes, it is covered by medical insurance. ...Read more

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Can a women have a breast reduction procedure and body liposuction done together?

Can a women have a breast reduction procedure and  body liposuction done together?

Yes: The two procedures can be performed at the same operation, however, this will increase anesthesia time and will increase overall discomfort after surgery. You will want to discuss with your surgeon if she or he feels it may be safest to stay overnight in the hospital following the procedure. ...Read more

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How painful is a breast reduction procedure?

Not very painful: Most of the breast reduction patients I have treated describe chest wall soreness postop, kind of like having done too many pushups. The pain from this procedure should be easily controllable with medications such as vicodin and should only last for 3-7 days. ...Read more

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How longt does it take to schedule a breast reduction procedure?

Depends: This depends upon the surgeon's schedule and whether or not you need any preparatory work such as medical clearance from your doctor. It can also depend on the surgery center schedule. In my practice this can take a few weeks at times. ...Read more

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How old does one have to be to have a breast reduction procedure?

How old does one have to be to have a breast reduction procedure?

No specific age: The youngest breast reduction patient I have treated was 15. She had so much neck pain that her pediatrician had obtained an mri, concerned that her symptoms were caused by a ruptured cervical disc. In fact, they were from the weight of her huge breasts. This, however, is unusual. Most breast reduction patients are in their mid 20s at the youngest. ...Read more

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Will you experience loss of sensation in a breast reduction procedure?

It is possible: Any surgery can lead to temporary loss of sensation but most commonly there is complete return to normal although it may take months or even years. With breast reduction the vast majority of patients will have some temporary numbness but the majority will also regain full sensation within 2 years. ...Read more

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Can a breast reduction procedure remove only fat and not milk ducts?

Maybe...: Depending on the technique used, there may be enough breast tissue left (that produces milk), as well as intact breast ducts and the nipple, such that nursing will be possible. This is what i tell my breast reduction patients: that they may be able to nurse after a reduction, but i cannot guarantee it. ...Read more

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Can you get a breast reduction procedure which removes only fat and not milk ducts?

Can you get a breast reduction procedure which removes only fat and not milk ducts?

Yes: Liposuction can remove only fat from a breast and nothing else. However, not everyone is a candidate for liposuction reduction. While breasts feel fatty, they may be mostly glandular tissue which doesn't suction; this is more true in younger women. Also ls doesn't tighten tissue so fold irritation can continue. Many woman can breast feed after regular reduction if the nipples are left attached. ...Read more

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