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- Height: 5'8"
- Age: 33
- Gender: Female
- Ethnicity: African American
- Weight: 150
Why do some patients who have breast reduction surgery end up with dead tissue and really awful wounds?
How can you prevent that? Is it the doctor’s fault? If the operation goes great and the patient follows the post operation treatment correctly, can still this happen?
Breast reduction surgery removes a large amount of tissue: anywhere from 1-4+ lbs of tissue per side. When the remaining tissue does not have adequate blood flow, healing problems can occur. These might range from a small area that is slow to heal, all the way up to losing a nipple. The major risk factors for healing problems are:
- Very large breast size
In the majority of patients after a breast reduction procedure, they usually experience an instant relief from the heavy weight off their chest, shoulder and back! Provided they adhere to the specific post op recovery guidelines from their surgeons, breast reduction is usually regarded as the most satisfying procedure from both patient and surgeon’s point of view. The associated recovery process can vary between patients due to factors discussed above, but overall it’s a truly liberating procedure from both functional and aesthetic perspectives for many of my breast reduction patients.