Breast reduction plastic surgery

Women may have breast reduction to lessen back pain or improve how they see themselves.  Women who have breast reduction surgery AND gastric bypass surgery (not at the same time!) are more satisfied if they have the gastric bypass surgery first.

However, removing that amount of fatty tissue doesn’t produce other health benefits; neither does liposuction.   Now, a UPI article summarizes “The Impact of Obesity on Breast Surgery Complications” study published in the November issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  The study links obesity to an increased risk of breast plastic surgery complications.

obesity is a major risk factor for complications following elective breast procedures…based on our study, it increases the odds of experiencing any complication within a 30-day postoperative period by 11.8-fold.

I can confirm this data as well from my professional experience as an anesthesiologist. In my experience, the most common complication in this surgery is wound infection.

There are certainly some links between obesity and higher risks for certain surgeries and procedures.  Obesity also increases risks associated with child birth.

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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