Risks Associated With Breast Lift Procedures
Are you considering having cosmetic surgery done, but want to know about the risks it may pose? Thousands of breast procedures are carried out each year with successful results; however, there are some that go wrong as a result of risks associated with the procedure. These risks include:
1. Scarring. It is normal to develop a certain amount of scarring that will last for about a year or two after the procedure. It’s possible to hide such scars through wearing bras and placing clothes strategically. Although rare, improper healing may cause thick and unsightly scars that do not fade.
2. Infection. Infection is a risk associated with any kind of surgery, and in this case, it is the most common complication. Symptoms of an infection will become visible anywhere between one and six weeks following the operation and will include swelling, fever, foul smell, redness, pain and discharge. The most common type of infection is staphylococcus (“staph”) which can be easily treated with the use of antibiotics as well as draining the wound.
3. Nipple or breast sensation may be altered. Some patients report normal feeling return within a few weeks after the procedure, while others report a total loss of sensation in the affected area. It’s important to note that erotic sensation is not normally affected. The risk of total loss of sensation is higher if the procedure involves repositioning of the nipple.
4. Changes in shape or size of breasts. Such alterations may occur during the healing process following a procedure. It’s also possible that surgery did not correct asymmetry that a patient had before the procedure.
5. Total or partial loss of the nipple. Although this is rare, it has occurred on a number of occasions and is as a result of damage to breast tissue during surgery. Loss of blood supply to the area may lead to a loss of the areola or nipple.
6. Difficulty in breastfeeding. For the most part, breastfeeding is not interrupted following surgery; however, some women report difficulty producing enough breast milk.
7. Adverse reactions to anaesthesia. Before surgery, general anaesthesia is administered to the patient through an injection or gas mask. Patients that develop reactions to the anaesthesia typically have underlying medical conditions, as this particular risk is not noted in healthy individuals. Symptoms of an adverse reaction include dizziness, nausea, shivering, vomiting and muscle pain.
8. Hematoma. This is a condition that refers to accumulation of blood at a trapped incision sight. If not dealt with, this condition can lead to formation of scar tissue, infection and pain. Small hematomas do not pose a risk as they are easily reabsorbed into the body. However, larger ones will require surgery to remove them.
9. If a breast lift procedure is combined with breast implants then there are other risks associated such as rippling, rupturing, contouring, pain, fluid accumulation and leakage.
The risks mentioned above should be discussed comprehensively with your surgeon, prior to your procedure. Through such consultation with your surgeon, you’ll have the chance to get further details on what to do to avoid any adverse side effects.