Plastic Surgery Procedures

Breast Lift Complications

There are complications with any surgery. However, the risks increase with the complexity of the surgery, especially when tissue removal is required. Breast lift surgery is no exception. There are several risks you should be aware of when contemplating breast lift surgery.

Since surgery almost always involves anesthesia, there will always be a risk involved in with the use of such. Anesthesia could react with other medications you are currently taking or you could have an allergic reaction.

Breast lift surgery can leave you with numbness or loss of sensitivity. This is usually temporary and occurs because the nerve endings at the surgery site are severed. Once they regenerate, you will gain normal sensation. However, permanent loss of sensation can take place in the nipple or areola.

Scarring is another risk. You will most likely have some scarring, although minimal, at the incision sites. However, irregular scarring can occur if you smoke or have irregular collagen formation. Your doctor can advise you on how to treat the scarred area after surgery to minimize scarring.

Wound separation is another risk of surgery. If this occurs, you must keep the area clean and contact your doctor right away. You may or may not need revision surgery. You may be required to wear wet bandages as this will help heal the affected area. Additional surgery may be needed to resuture the area. Wound separation prolongs healing time.

It is possible your breast will be asymmetrical after surgery. Your doctor will attempt to make your breasts the same size and shape. However, this can be difficult as each patient heals differently. You should look at as many before and after photographs of previous surgeries performed by your surgeon to ensure that his or her work is satisfactory.

You may have hyperpigmentation or permanent bruising around the surgery site. Bruising will usually subside within a few weeks after surgery, however, some dark spots may remain. Although this is rare, there are treatments that can lessen the appearance of the dark spots. You can also use warm compresses to help the blood vessels constrict which will lessen the appearance of bruising.

Blood loss during and after breast lift surgery is rare, but it can happen. If this occurs, you must receive immediate medical attention. A blood transfusion may be required. You will also be instructed to cease taking aspirin or anticoagulants before surgery to reduce the risk of excessive blood loss.

Hematoma and seroma are also complications of breast lift surgery. A hematoma occurs when blood or other liquid collects in a certain area that causes pain and infection. A seroma is the watery part of the blood that collects in an area and can also cause pain and scar tissue. These conditions must be reported to your doctor immediately as they will require prompt medical attention.

Necrosis or dying fat tissue is a possible risk. This is when the underlying fat tissue begins to die. The dying tissue can turn orange and begin to drain from the incision site. It can also spread which can cause infection and other complications. Necrosis requires immediate medical attention. If it is left untreated, it can lead to gangrene.

Infection is a risk of any surgery. Symptoms of infection will often show up a few days after surgery. Your doctor will give you post-op care instructions in order to minimize the risk of infection. You will be required to wash with antibacterial soap before surgery to reduce the risk of infection after surgery.

Pulmonary thromboemboli is another potential risk. This occurs when a blood clot forms and travels to the lungs. This can cause serious complications and even death and requires immediate medical attention.


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