How Often Does Breast Reconstruction Fail?

Board-Certified Plastic Surgeons Serving Denver, Lone Tree, Colorado & Nationwide

Posted: February 7, 2022

Woman sitting outside thinkingMany women feel an overwhelming sense of closure after finishing their breast reconstruction. That is why the idea of encountering complications or needing more surgeries can be upsetting. 

If you are in this situation, it is important to realize that you are not alone. According to a study published in JAMA Surgery, one in three women develops a postoperative complication within two years. And five percent of patients experience failed breast reconstruction.

Risk Factors for Failed Breast Reconstruction

Several different factors increase the risk of complications and failed reconstruction, including:

Some factors have little to do with the patients themselves. Keep in mind that not all reconstructive surgeons and practices are created equal. Surgeons have different levels of experience and abilities. They may have completed different training as well. 

Practices also vary in terms of their surgical facilities. It is not very common for a practice to have a private and accredited surgical center. These differences can impact patient outcomes. 

Get Better Results Through Breast Reconstruction Revision

Failed breast reconstruction can seem impossible to overcome. Even complications, such as tightness, asymmetry, and unsightly scarring, often feel like problems that cannot be fixed.

Fortunately, breast reconstruction revision offers hope to women who are facing these struggles. Modern revision techniques can correct postoperative concerns and achieve better results.

Why Choose Our Surgeons?

Our board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons offer industry-leading outcomes. We have performed over 1,000 DIEP flap breast reconstruction procedures with a success rate of over 99 percent. And our patients experience a much lower rate of complications than average. 

Learn More During a Consultation in Lone Tree

Whether you want to set yourself up for success from the beginning or correct a failed reconstruction performed elsewhere, our team is here to meet your unique needs. Call 303-706-1100 to schedule your initial consultation with our breast reconstruction surgeons.

The Breast Center Park Meadows Cosmetic Surgery proudly serves women from the Denver and Lone Tree areas of Colorado as well as across the country. We look forward to meeting you.