Are there any risks of breast cancer from breast reduction surgery?
No. In theory the occurrence of breast cancer is decreased by breast reduction surgery. This is because some breast glandular tissue, that could potentially become cancerous, is removed. A twin who has breast reduction surgery has less risk of breast cancer than the twin who did not have surgery.
Can I still have mammograms after breast reduction?
Mammography after breast reduction surgery is still as effective as before the procedure for the detection of breast cancer in these patients.
Can I breast feed after a breast reduction?
The majority of mothers can breastfeed following a breast reduction. Bear in mind that not all women can breast feed, and there is a small percentage of mothers that can’t breast feed. There is a slight reduction in the ability to breastfeed after breast reduction surgery, but most women still are able to.
The ability to breast feed is usually maintained because at the time of breast reduction surgery as the glandular breast tissue is left attached to the nipple/areola allowing the mother’s milk production to reach the nipple for breastfeeding.
Will I lose nipple sensation or nipple sensitivity after a breast reduction?
Modern techniques of breast reduction surgery preserve the nerves to the breast. The majority of people report no change in nipple sensation after surgery, though some will have a slight decrease in sensation. It is rare to have loss of sensation and some people report an increase in sensation as the dragging weight is taken off the nerves to the nipple.
Will there be breast reduction scars?
The best result is the best shaped breast with the best scars.
Scars are inevitable, as incisions heal. However most scars usually fade to a fine line, and the satisfaction of the result of breast reduction surgery far outweighs concern of the scarring.
The scar will depend on the breast reduction technique used, and the scar may only be around the nipple, around the nipple with a vertical scar know as the ‘lollipop scar”, or around the nipple with vertical scar and scar under the fold of the breast the “inverted T scar”.
It is important to remember the best result is the best shaped breast and scar will fade to a fine line over time.
The scars resulting from breast reduction surgery do fade with time, and the use of scar management techniques after the surgery will ensure the scars are as minimal as possible.