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Breast Reduction Risks

If you are considering a breast reduction, risks are something you should be aware of. Although they are uncommon, by making yourself aware of the complications that exist, you can take a proactive approach. This means working with your doctor to prevent problems from occurring, as well as being able to readily recognize them should they happen. Breast surgeon in Los Angeles, Dr. David Stoker will speak with you in detail about all aspects of your breast reduction, risks included. He will carefully assess your pre-operative physical condition and obtain a thorough medical history and any other information that may impact your readiness for surgery.

Dr. Stoker will be happy to meet with you in person. Call him today at (310) 300-1779 or schedule your consultation online.  

General Risks of Surgery:

  • Allergy to anesthetic
    Some people have allergic reactions to certain anesthetics; some of these reactions may be severe, so it is important to alert Dr. Stoker to any allergies you may have.
  • Scarring Irregularities
    Scars are a given after surgery, but there is a slight risk of excessive scar tissue formation. If you smoke, there is a higher risk of this.
  • Wound Separation
  • Infection
  • Blood Clots
  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma and Seroma
    Hematoma is the medical name for an accumulation of blood under the skin, which usually needs to be removed.  A seroma is the clear-fluid counterpart of a hematoma.

Breast Reduction Risks (Risks Pertaining to the Procedure):


  • Decrease in sensation or numbness
    A loss of sensation in the treated area is a common, but most often temporary, breast reduction risk. Regaining sensation can take several months; however, in rare cases, the loss of sensation may be permanent.
  • Breast Asymmetry
  • Change in Pigmentation of the Areola
  • Dead Fat or Tissue (Necrosis)
    Fat surrounding the breast area may die causing it to turn an orange-ish color and drain from the incision. Although this is a relatively rare complication, its treatment is straightforward with a second procedure.
  • General Dissatisfaction with Aesthetic Results


Breast Reduction Recovery


Patients of Dr. Stoker’s who undergo breast reduction recover quickly. A number of patients report that the day after the surgery they already feel relief from the procedure because a great weight – in this case – overly heavy and pendulous breasts – has been lifted off of their chests. Because breast reduction does not deal with the pectoral muscles, bones or internal organs, the recovery is quicker than with many other surgeries. Within a couple days, you should be able to return to work, although the incision will take about a month to heal.

Why Choose Dr. Stoker for Breast Reduction?

Dr. Stoker is widely recognized as an expert in many different types of cosmetic surgery – although, breast surgery is one of his most frequently requested and performed surgeries. His many years of practical surgical experience and technical knowledge allow him to produce beautiful results custom to each patient’s desires.

For further information:
Contact Dr. Stoker and his professional team at (310) 300-1779 or simply request a consultation online.