What is the longest time after breast reduction surgery that the nipple and areola can die?

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What is the longest time after breast reduction surgery that the nipple and areola can die?

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Assuming you have undergone the procedure, your plastic surgeon will always be your best resource when it comes to specific information. 


Generally speaking, if there is a compromise in the blood supply to the nipple/areola complexes, it is usually evident within the first few days post op.   Often, the potential diminished blood supply is even evident during surgery. Usually, once a patient is passed the first week post breast reduction or lifting surgery,  and tissues appear to be healing normally, I am no longer concerned about the potential for necrosis.


 I hope this helps.

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