Although we have to think about the breast reconstruction complications we have to admit that this procedure is beneficial for a lot of women.

This way they regain their sense of self and also their physical look.

However we have to consider that this is a complex procedure. If you are thinking about it, make sure that you discuss all your options with your doctor.

Short-term complications of breast reconstruction

Due to the advancements of technology, the risks during and right after the surgery are minimized. Still we have to note that these are possible and the patients should be aware of them before they agree to the procedure.


Reaction to the anesthesia

One of the breast reconstruction risks is that the patient may have a negative reaction to anesthesia. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia.

The patients with medical conditions, like problems with the heart, nervous system or circulation have higher risks of being affected by complications.

In order to minimize the breast reconstruction complications all patients should provide their doctors with their full medical history and they also have to be honest with the doctors. Also it is important to let your doctor know if you had any adverse reactions to the anesthesia.

The side effects and the risks of breast reconstruction include vomiting and nausea after the surgery is done, headache, blurred vision, dizziness and itching. Although it is pretty rare, it is also possible to have problems while urinating and to be affected by a chest infection.


Just as in case of any other kind of surgery, one of the possible breast reconstruction complications is having an infection. Usually the specialists use antibiotics to fight the infection. If the infection under the new implant persists, it may be necessary to remove the implant.

The signs of this kind of problems associated with breast reconstruction include redness or a change of color around the incision, discharge of pus or fluid from the incision and a high fever. If you see any of these signs, you should seek immediate medical help to prevent further damage.


In order to avoid this one of the breast reconstruction complications, the patients who are taking blood thinners should stop taking their medication so that their blood would clot normally. They should discontinue their medication two weeks prior to the procedure.

Long-term risks

When it comes to breast reconstruction and complications you should know that the short-term complications are quite common. Besides these there is also a unique set of other possible complications. These vary according to the kind of technique is used for the procedure.

Implant complications

The breast reconstruction complications in case implants are used are just the same as in the cases when women opt for implants for aesthetic reasons. In this case it is possible that the tissue around the implant will tighten. In this case the scar tissue or the implant could be removed. The implant that the doctors use could deflate or rupture, increasing the risks.