As with almost all surgical procedures the most common complications after breast reconstruction are delayed wound healing and inflammation. However, the main reasons for not meeting patient’s expectations are aesthetic complications due to asymmetry and malposition of the reconstructed breast.
Early complications (occurring during or just after the procedure)
Late complications (occurring weeks or months after surgery)
Flap related complications
Fat transfer related complications
Depending on the patient and technique some of the complications are quite common (up to 20 or 30% of cases), while most of them are infrequent. Most of the listed complications can also influence the reconstruction outcome and its end-result. You must be aware that additional surgical procedures might be necessary for solving those complications or their consequences. Since the list is long and it might discourage you from the reconstruction, we recommend each patient has an individual discussion with the plastic surgeon performing the reconstruction. He/She will explain the possible complications and the likelihood of them occurring.