Are you at more risk for infection and healing if your overweight with a breast reduction?
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Obesity Increases Surgical Complication Rates
Complications more likely if BMI more than 30
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Postoperative complications are increased in overweight/obese patients
The short answer is "yes"
While infection is rare with breast reduction, healing difficulties are relatively common. This is increased in women who are overweight. Other complications are also increased when you are overweight such blood clots in the legs; these can be serious even leading to death.While it is not crucial that you be at your ideal weight, it is best to have your weight under control before surgery. Both losing weight and breast reduction are great goals. Good luck on your journey.
Risk of infection if overweight and breast reduction.
Thank you for your question.Our research and experience say yes. Surgery that involve removing tissue or separating tissue planes in overweight patients carries higher risk of infection and wound healing complications. The risk increases with increasing weight. The best strategy to minimize risk is to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon. If overweight, make sensible diet and exercise changes to get as close to the ideal weight as possible. This can vary but "ideal weight is considered a BMI 20-25". Stop smoking or nicotine products. Follow your surgeons pre and post operative instructions. Unfortunately no procedure is without some risk of infection or wound healing issues but an experienced surgeon will be able to take care of these issues and ultimately the vast majority are considered will have no long term affect on the outcome.Best Dr. L
Alas, almost all complications of aesthetic surgery are more common in overweight patients. Ideally the cut off for 'safe' aesthetic surgery is a BMI of 30-32More than this and many doctors suggest that the risk profile of infections, poor wound healing, blood clots, urinary infections and generally a poor outcome is too high to justify a procedure for aesthetic reasons. For patients who find it impossible to lose weight then this doesn't mean the answer will always be no but a more frank discussion about the risk profile should form part of your pre op discussion. Hope that helps. Adam Goodwin
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