Complications are infrequent and usually minor. However, as with any surgery, there are risks.
- General complications of surgery include blood loss and possible transfusion, blood clots in the legs (Deep Vein Thrombosis or DVT) and chest (Pulmonary Embolism), chest infection and reactions to anesthesia.
- Poor healing which results in conspicuous scars may necessitate a second operation.
- Tissue loss along portions of the incision and infection which require antibiotic and in some cases hospitalization is possible.
- Accumulation of fluid under the skin may require additional outpatient visits.
- Patients may experience numbness after surgery that can occasionally be permanent.
Risks can be reduced by following the surgeon's instructions before and after surgery.