26 doctors weighed in:
Can a breast reduction procedure kill you?
26 doctors weighed in

Dr. Tom Pousti
Surgery - Plastics
14 doctors agree
In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Tom Pousti
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Dr. Michael Beckenstein
Surgery - Plastics
9 doctors agree
In brief: Very small chance
The risk of death, in healthy individuals, for this surgery is less than 1 in50, 000.
Choosing a board certified pastic surgeon with a lot of experience, who uses safe facilities and safe anesthesiologists will truly minimize this risk.

In brief: Very small chance
The risk of death, in healthy individuals, for this surgery is less than 1 in50, 000.
Choosing a board certified pastic surgeon with a lot of experience, who uses safe facilities and safe anesthesiologists will truly minimize this risk.
Dr. Michael Beckenstein
Dr. Michael Beckenstein
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Dr. Otto Placik
Any surgery can kill you. This procedure is unlikely to kill you. The risk of death is more likely related to your overall health and ability to tolerate surgery.
Dr. Michael Matthew
Surgery - Plastics
4 doctors agree
In brief: Unlikely
Death from breast reduction surgery would be extremely uncommon.
The risk of death would most likely be related to anesthesia or a large blood clot traveling to the heart. This is typically an outpatient surgery and well tolerated.

In brief: Unlikely
Death from breast reduction surgery would be extremely uncommon.
The risk of death would most likely be related to anesthesia or a large blood clot traveling to the heart. This is typically an outpatient surgery and well tolerated.
Dr. Michael Matthew
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Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Extremely Rarely
Breast reduction surgery is quite safe.
Every surgery carries common and unique risks, however, and the healthier you are, the lower your chances of experiencing a risk.

In brief: Extremely Rarely
Breast reduction surgery is quite safe.
Every surgery carries common and unique risks, however, and the healthier you are, the lower your chances of experiencing a risk.
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
Dr. Bryan McIntosh
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Dr. Timothy King
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
Any surgical procedure carries with it a risk of death.
That being said, in a healthy adult, the risk is low. Breast reduction surgery itself does not carry a higher risk of death than other surgical procedures.

In brief: Yes
Any surgical procedure carries with it a risk of death.
That being said, in a healthy adult, the risk is low. Breast reduction surgery itself does not carry a higher risk of death than other surgical procedures.
Dr. Timothy King
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Dr. Darryl Blinski
Surgery - Plastics
In brief: Surgical deaths
Though a very rare event ANY surgical procedure can have a serious side effect.

In brief: Surgical deaths
Though a very rare event ANY surgical procedure can have a serious side effect.
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