Excessive bleeding after breast reduction

Excessive bleeding after breast reduction

29th Sep 2019


Just like any other surgery, there are risks and potential complications associated with breast reduction. These risks and complications should be discussed in detail with the plastic surgeon during the pre-operative consultation because it is very important for the patient to know exactly what can be expected after the procedure.

During this consultation, the plastic surgeon will assess your candidacy for the procedure and will ask about your current health condition, medication, allergies, and lifestyle choices. Things like smoking or taking certain medications need to be addressed before undergoing a plastic surgery procedure as complex as breast reduction. 

Patients who want to get a fast and smooth recovery period and good results are advised to make sure to discuss their complete medical history with the plastic surgeon. Certain pre-existing health conditions can be contraindications such as blood coagulation issues and heart and lung conditions, but in a vast majority of cases, patients with less severe conditions can undergo the procedure with a little preparation in advance and care after the surgery.

The procedure entails long incisions positioned in different areas of the breasts, according to the surgical plan that will be suggested by the plastic surgeon and discussed during the consultation. This means that after this procedure there is a risk of the patient developing an infection and also the risk of excessive bleeding. 

Excessive bleeding after breast reduction is a rare complication that can occur, especially in patients who don’t follow the pre- and post-operative instructions of the plastic surgeon. An important recommendation that is mandatory to be followed to the letter is to avoid anti-inflammatory medication and certain natural supplements for at least two weeks before the procedure. Failing to follow this recommendation can lead to excessive bleeding after breast reduction. If the patient happened to take anti-inflammatory medication before the procedure, it is important to call the plastic surgeon and let him know as he might decide to reschedule the procedure. 

Excessive bleeding after breast reduction surgery can also be triggered by performing intense physical activities too soon after the procedure. Many patients believe that intense activities would mean going to the gym, running, lifting weights, and so on, but in many cases, it can be something as simple as lifting a grocery bag from the floor or lifting children in your arms. An experienced plastic surgeon will advise you to avoid lifting anything that is over 1-2 kg for at least two weeks post-op or depending on the doctor’s advice. 

Sleeping on the tummy is another factor that could trigger excessive bleeding, especially if it occurs in the first week post-op. The recommendation is to sleep on the back for a minimum of three weeks post-op. 

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