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Breast Lift Risks

2022-03-03 22:38:58

Dr. Fariba Azadikhah
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Dr. Fariba Azadikhah

The medical term for a breast lift is mastopexy. A cosmetic surgeon lifts and helps to shape your breasts to make an attractive appearance in this operation. Excess skin around your breast is removed, and the size of the areola — the colorful area around your nipple — is reduced. This technique does, without a doubt, have some hazards. In this essay, we'll talk about the risks it poses.

Your breasts will probably lose flexibility and firmness as you age. This process can be accelerated by lactation, pregnancy and weight gain or decrease. If your breasts had also begun to sag or droop, you may benefit from this procedure. Breast augmentation can be performed with mastopexy if you want to increase the volume of your breasts.


What are the complications of a breast lift?

The decision to have cosmetic surgery is incredibly personal, and you must choose whether the benefits will help you accomplish your goals while also weighing the dangers and potential problems of breast lift surgery.

You'll be required to sign consent paperwork to confirm that you understand the treatment and any risks or complications that may arise. Nonetheless, before agreeing to cosmetic surgery, make sure you're well-informed about the potential hazards. Whether it's a breast lift, breast implant surgery, body contouring, liposuction, or rhinoplasty.

The following are some of the risks associated with a breast lift:

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Anesthesia risks about breast lift

Once it comes to General Anesthesia, some persons are at risk. It's critical not to disregard this fact; risks are real, and surgery is a serious procedure. It is, however, advisable not to focus on it excessively.

A rare adverse reaction to a general anesthetic and even a local anesthetic can occur in certain patients. The important fact to notice is that while it is possible, it is usually extremely unusual.

Furthermore, a professional anesthetist would frequently examine their patients for any foreseeable characteristics that may make one patient more vulnerable to dangers or allergic reactions than some others.

When questioned what they worry about anesthesia, most patients have two main concerns:

To begin with, they will not awaken.

Second, they will not be "put to sleep completely," but will be conscious but paralyzed while surgery is being done, first of all, both of these instances are highly rare. In fact, the chances of a deadly reaction while under anesthesia are less than one in 100,000.

Other risks associated with anesthetics include, but are not limited to:

Anesthetic Side Effects:

  • Temporary memory loss and/or confusion.
  • Urinary incontinence (difficulty passing urine)
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • The IV drip may cause bruising or pain.
  • I'm shivering and freezing.

Don't put yourself at risk by smoking. Some patients are not candid about their smoking habits, which we cannot emphasize enough. Don't let this happen to you. Smoking not only increases nearly all surgical risks but also affects healing and can contribute to subpar results.

Also, tell your surgeon and anesthesiologist if you smoke, even if it's only a little.

Other important safety considerations for general anesthesia include the fact that about 60,000 people worldwide endure general anesthesia every day without issues. In addition, while you're unconscious, the anesthesiologist checks and monitors your vital signs to keep track of any changes and prevent complications.


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Hematoma development or bleeding after breast lift

When a blood vessel begins to leak into the gap formed for the breast implant, bleeding might develop. Within 5 to 10 minutes, this difficulty will become apparent. If you notice any symptoms of a hematoma, contact The Ermateb Center right away. Do not eat or drink anything until the diagnosis has been made and the plan of treatment has been determined.



Changes in breast or nipple sensitivity

One of the most common concerns of breast lift applicants is whether or not they will end up losing nipple sensitivity after surgery. Any alteration in nipple feeling is nearly always transitory and normally resolves between 6 to 8 weeks after the breast lift treatment.

Since the nerve supply to the nipple can be interrupted during the operation, nipple sensitivity may be compromised. This can happen if the nerve is cut or if an implant is used, the nerve is stretched.

Certain signals, such as itching, tingling, or an intermittent "shooting" sensation, can occur when the nerves regenerate. Some patients may notice a decrease in sensation, while others may notice an increase.


Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

DVT is an abbreviation for deep venous thrombosis. It happens when a blood clot forms in a vein, most commonly in the leg or pelvis. Untreated blood clots may dislodge and spread towards the heart and lungs in 50% of cases. A pulmonary embolus occurs when a blood clot plugs an artery leading to the lungs. More than 900,000 people get a DVT every year, and 100,000 of these die from a pulmonary embolus. A DVT can recur in up to one-third of people who have already had one.

According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, up to 20,000 plastic surgery patients develop a DVT each year. DVT is more likely to occur when general anesthesia is given for longer periods of time.



Deep under the skin, fatty tissue may perish (fat necrosis)

Fat necrosis could be the source of a lump in your breast. Fat necrosis is a mass of dead or injured breast tissue that can develop after surgical treatment, radiation, or another traumatic event. Fat necrosis is not harmful and does not raise the risk of cancer. It isn't normally bothersome, but it can make you feel anxious.

Any lumps in your breast should be reported to your doctor. They can examine you and do any tests necessary to determine whether the lump is fat necrosis or malignant. The majority of fat necrosis resolves on its own, although the pain caused by the necrosis can indeed be managed.


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Fluid accumulation

A breast seroma is an accumulation of serous fluid that can form as a result of damage to the breast or operations including breast surgery. A translucent, pale yellow fluid containing protein but no blood cells or infection is known as serous fluid. Seromas are usually absorbed into the body over several weeks, however fine needle drainage may be required to eliminate the fluid.



Antibiotics are frequently used before, during, and after surgery to prevent these problems. After breast lifts, however, there is indeed a small risk of infection. Redness (particularly if the infection is growing), inflammation, fever, pain that worsens a few days after the surgery, pus pouring from the site, and skin that is slightly warm are all signs of infection. Wound infection is a dangerous consequence that requires quick attention. Additional surgery to remove affected materials and stronger medications to stop the infection may be necessary.

Antibiotics following a breast lift come with their own set of dangers, as some people are allergic to antibiotics like penicillin. If you experience breathing difficulties, rashes, wheezing, inflammation in your mouth or throat, confusion, fainting, or a fast or slow pulse after using an antibiotic, call the emergency services right once. These signs and symptoms could suggest a life-threatening response.


Possible need of revisional breast lift surgery

Every year, a large number of women elect to have breast lift surgery to reposition their breasts to a more raised, shapelier condition on the chest. When symptoms of stretching and sagging emerge, Ermateb also offers revision breast lift surgery to keep those outcomes. The revision surgery for a breast lift is very similar to the original treatment. Our experts in Ermateb will elevate and sculpt the breast tissues to increase contour and firmness, usually using the same incision path as the first surgery. Depending on the individual, less invasive surgery may be possible in some circumstances.

Changes in the breast might take anywhere between six months to a year after the first breast lift. While the alterations are not as noticeable as the original sagging and drooping of the breasts, some patients believe that revision surgery is required.

These and other risks will be thoroughly explored at Ermateb before taking your consent. It's critical that you ask your plastic surgeon every one of your questions directly.


Breast augmentation and breast lift

In combination with the breast lift, some ladies may choose to consider a breast implant.

Improved upper breast volume or exposure can be achieved with an implant. Depending on the surgeon's view, implants might be inserted at the same time or even as a separate treatment.

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