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    Breast Reduction Risks and Safety

    Breast Reduction Risks and SafetyBreast reduction plastic surgery is aimed at reducing excess breast tissue to create more proportionate breast appearance and address any physical discomfort arising from oversized breasts.

    If the procedure is performed by an experienced and board certified plastic surgeon, it will minimize the risk. However, it is still important for a patient to be aware of the potential risks and complications in breast reduction.

    During the pre-op consultation, the surgeon will discuss various aspects of breast reduction, and inform about the possible side effects and risks.

    The surgeon’s first concern would be to educate the patient about the risks and benefits of the procedure and help her make a considered decision. Profound and reliable cosmetic surgeon Dr. Gary Motykie provides breast reduction surgery to patients in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.


    Potential Complications

    Poor Reaction to Anesthesia

    Breast reduction surgery is typically performed with the patient under general anesthesia. Although the surgeon and the anesthesiologist will pre-determine the patient’s fitness for anesthesia, but in rare cases a patient may still have an adverse reaction. The anesthesiologist will remain present in the operating room to monitor the patient’s response and take early action to mitigate any developing concern.


    Blood Clotting

    Some patients may have a tendency of clot formation, which puts them at a higher risk. But even in case of other patients, there is potentially a risk of a blood clot occurring inside a blood vessel. This can obstruct the blood flow. In rare cases, the clot may travel to the lungs, heart or brain, which can pose a serious threat to the patient’s safety.



    Some degree of infection risk is inherent to any surgical procedure, including breast reduction plastic surgery. To minimize the risk, the surgeon will perform the procedure in a completely sterile surgical environment. Furthermore, the patient should be prepared to follow post-op care instructions diligently in order to reduce the chances of infection during early recovery. Antibiotics may be prescribed for a few days to further cut down the risk.


    Slow Healing

    It will usually take a few weeks for the tenderness, bruising and swelling to subside completely after a breast reduction procedure. But in some cases, the healing may be slow and the patient may continue to experience pain or discomfort beyond six weeks. The patient will be required to refrain from smoking and taking certain medications for a specified time period to minimize the risk.


    Unfavorable Scarring

    Some amount of scarring is unavoidable in any surgical procedure, including breast reduction. But it is possible to keep the scar appearance discreet by placing incisions in natural skin creases and breast folds. But in some cases, scars may still be more apparent than in others. Committed and poignant cosmetic surgeon Dr. Motykie receives patients from Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other towns and neighborhoods in this part of the southwest for breast reduction.

    Breast reduction is one of the major surgical procedures, and is often combined with other surgeries such as a tummy tuck or a mommy makeover. However, its rate of complications is lower than many other cosmetic surgeries.
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