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Breast reduction surgery, or reduction mammoplasty, is a procedure that has gained popularity in recent years for various reasons, such as physical discomfort, emotional distress, or aesthetic reasons. But what are the breast reduction surgery risks?
Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors evaluates the safety of breast reduction surgery, discussing the surgical process, potential risks and complications, recovery and post-operative care. We will also touch upon clinical negligence and what patients should do if they suffer from it.
Breast reduction surgery is a surgical procedure designed to remove excess breast tissue, fat, and skin, often to achieve a breast size that is more proportionate to the patient's body.
Breast reduction procedures typically involve the following steps:
Knowing what to expect when undergoing breast reduction surgery will allow you to better understand the benefits and risks of the procedure, and you will be more prepared going in. Having knowledge of the procedure will also equip you to ask the right questions when looking for a surgeon.
Like any other surgical procedure, breast reduction carries some general risks, such as
However, there are also specific risks associated with breast reduction surgery, including:
There are a number of steps patients can take to minimise the risks associated with breast reduction surgery, including:
In some cases, patients can feel disappointed if the result of their surgery is not what they expected. This typically stems from cases where a patient has sought out surgery due to body image issues. For more information on how negative body image and subsequent cosmetic surgery procedures can lead to cosmetic surgery addiction and harm, read our guide here.
Recovery from breast reduction surgery typically takes several weeks, with most patients returning to work and daily activities within two to three weeks. Patients can expect some pain, swelling, and bruising during the recovery process, which is normal and usually subsides within a few weeks.
To ensure proper healing and minimise complications, patients should follow their surgeon's post-operative care instructions, which may include:
Most breast reduction patients report high satisfaction with their breast reduction surgery, with improved physical comfort, self-esteem, and overall quality of life.
While breast reduction surgery carries high success rates, it is essential that any patients looking to undergo the procedure are aware of the risks and whether they outweigh the benefits.
Each patient is unique, and factors such as overall health, age, and specific breast anatomy can affect the safety and outcomes of the surgery. It is essential to consult with a qualified surgeon to discuss individual factors and determine the best course of action.
Clinical negligence occurs when a healthcare professional's actions or omissions cause harm or injury to a patient due to a breach of their duty of care. All UK medical professionals must uphold the UK's standards for cosmetic surgery procedures. Failure to do so can leave them liable for any suffering caused to their patients.
Examples of clinical negligence in breast reduction surgery may include:
If you believe you have suffered from clinical negligence related to breast reduction surgery, you should take the following steps:
Breast reduction surgery is generally considered a safe procedure with high patient satisfaction rates. However, it carries potential risks and complications. It is crucial to consult with a qualified surgeon to evaluate individual factors and determine the best course of action. In cases of clinical negligence, patients should seek appropriate medical care and consult with a specialist solicitor to explore their legal rights and options.
If you have suffered due to the negligence of a breast reduction surgeon, leaving you with physical pain, emotional distress or financial loss as a result, call our expert team today for legal advice. We can help you to understand how a legal claim can help your recovery and we will support you throughout the entire process. Call us today on 0808 273 6662, or fill out our online contact form to request a call-back, and we will contact you at a time convenient for you.