Possible Complications

Problems are rare, but all procedures have some risk. The doctor will go over problems that may happen, such as:

  • Infection
  • Numbness and loss of feeling
  • Breasts that do not match in size or shape
  • Anesthesia problems
  • Lymphedema—swelling of the arm caused by a build-up of fluid in the lymph nodes
  • Excess bleeding
  • Build-up of blood or fluid

Some things that may raise the risk of problems are:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking



This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.

Edits to original content made by Denver Health.