There is a high complication rate with this procedure. Approximately forty individuals out of every hundred will develop some form of problem. However, the vast majority of these are only minor.
There will be permanent scarring where the incisions were made, which may take up to two years to fade and soften. Most, but not all people feel that the trade-off between having small breasts with scars versus large, uncomfortable breasts is well worth it.
Delayed healing frequently occurs and ranges from minor problems needing daily dressing changes for a while, to major issues that require further surgery. People with diabetes, smokers and people who are overweight are at increased risk of this complication. Sometimes, areas of fat and breast tissue form hard lumps and this can take a year or more to settle down.
Reduced nipple sensation is common and the ability for the nipple to go erect may also be affected, although this problem often resolves. Another complication relating to breast reduction surgery is nipple necrosis, with loss of part or the entire nipple, although this complication only occurs in about one out of every hundred people.
Whilst every effort is made to ensure that breasts are symmetrical after surgery, absolute symmetry cannot be guaranteed.
Other risks include bleeding, wound infection, chest infection and blood clots in the leg (known as a deep vein thrombosis), although these risks are uncommon.
The risks will be discussed in detail at your consultation.