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What Are The Risks Involved In Breast Surgery?


December 17, 2020

Each year, millions of women look to have breast surgery to gain confidence, minimize pain, and achieve their body image goals. Whether you would like to get a breast augmentation, breast lift, or breast reduction surgery, you’re bound to be happy with the results. But, with any procedure, it’s essential to take the time and understand any and all possible risks. 

Though you are likely to have a worry-free procedure, these are the real risks that are associated with breast surgery, so that you can be prepared:


To ensure a safe and comfortable procedure, you will be placed under general anesthesia. While most people, even those with significant health conditions, can undergo general anesthesia without any complications. However, there is a rare risk for postoperative confusion, pneumonia, stroke, or heart attack once the anesthesia has worn off. There is always the possibility of being partially awake during the procedure if there are complications with the anesthesia. Still, pain can rarely be felt in this state.

Your doctor will ask you various questions before placing you under general anesthesia to assess any additional risks such as allergic reactions and breathing problems, to ensure you are safe at all times while asleep during the procedure.


Anytime you get an operation, there is a risk of developing an infection. The skin is the body’s best protection against infection and foreign invaders, so when the skin is cut open, that risk heavily increases. Your doctor will take every precaution possible to avoid this complication throughout and after your procedure.

Capsular Contraction

If you are getting breast implants, there is the possibility of having a reaction called capsular contraction. This term is used to describe the body’s inherent resistance to the addition of foreign implants. While it is normal for scar tissue to form around the implants, there is a risk of the tissue constricting the implants leading to pain and an uneven, distorted appearance. Depending on the severity, non-surgical and surgical methods can fix this problem.

Further Surgeries

If you decide to get breast implants, they wear out over time. Eventually, they will need to be replaced, but there isn’t a definitive timeline of when this will need to happen. Therefore, you should expect to need more surgeries in the future to replace and manage any complications with the implants.  If there are any other surgical complications, more surgeries may also be required to correct these problems.

Changes in Nipple and Breast Sensation

After your breast surgery, it’s possible that you experience a change in feeling and sensation around the breast and particularly at the nipples.

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