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Breast Lift Risks and Complications


                                        Breast Lift Risks and Complications

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Just like any surgical procedure, nothing is “risk-free”

Infection and bleeding are the most common risks with mastopexy, but it is also important to understand some of the other potential complications. Uneven aligned nipple/areola complex resulting in having the breasts not look symmetrical. There is the risk of a reaction to the anesthetic or sedative medication, as with any surgical procedure.



As with any surgical procedure, infection can occur during or after the breast implant operation. Infections with an implant present are sometimes harder to treat than infections in normal body tissues. If an infection does not respond to antibiotics, the implant may have to be removed.  Read more about the signs and symptoms of an infection.



Some patients might experience delayed wound healing time.  Find out what contributes to this.



A hematoma is a collection of blood inside a body cavity.



A seroma is a collection of the watery portion of the blood (in this case, around the implant or around the incision)



Necrosis is also known as "tissue death" is a risk that occurs when the tissue loses oxygen during the healing stages. This is one of the worst complications and not very common, however it can occur as a result of the procedure.



With a breast lift or augmentation, the tissue support at the bottom of the breast can weaken, allowing the breast tissue to move downward forcing the bottom crease lower on the chest.  Read more about how this complication can happen, view photos, and the surgical procedures needed to remedy. 



What to expect after surgery.  Losing sensation in the breast as a result of the procedure is something the patient might suffer immediately after the surgery – but the majority of patients do eventually regain their sensation again.  However, the risks are there that this could end up being permanent. Nerves that had become compromised during the surgery tend to regenerate at a very slow rate, but usually the feeling will return.  



Mondor's Cord is not really a complication, however something that can show up anywhere after surgery.  Mondor’s Cord are a superficial thrombophlebitis in which they appear with firm “cord-like” bands that form just under the skin near the breast. 



Breast Lift scars can be noticeable and of course is permanent, but like all scars eventually after a period of time the scars will become flatten and will lose the initial redness. 




Sometimes after any surgery done to the breast area, you may begin producing breast milk. This is more likely if you have previously lactated. The milk production often stops spontaneously or medication may be given to suppress milk production.  In rare cases, if the lactation does not stop, implant removal may be needed.






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