Mastopexy, commonly known as breast lift cosmetic surgery, has a low complication rate as long as it is performed by an experienced surgeon. But just like any surgery, breast lift will have certain risks and complications associated with it. A dedicated surgeon will apprise the patient of the risks so that she can make a well-considered decision.
Dr. Hisham Seify is a board certified plastic surgeon providing breast lift and other surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Dr. Seify’s first concern is to educate his patients about the procedure and address all their questions and concerns about it. He provides breast to patients in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and surrounding communities.
It is possible to minimize the risk of infection during breast lift procedure when the surgery is performed at an accredited surgical center with top hygiene standards. The patient may be prescribed antibiotics for a few days before and after breast lift to further reduce the risk. Acute pain, abnormal swelling, pus in the incision areas, skin that feels warm to touch, or fever may be signs of infection, and the patient should promptly contact the surgeon.
Excess fluid or blood may collect in the skin underneath the incision areas, causing hematoma. The risk continues to exist for a few days after the surgery. Therefore, the cosmetic surgeon will usually place temporary drain tubes below the skin. The patient should measure the amount of fluid collected everyday and empty the drain as instructed. Drains are usually removed in about a week to 10 days after breast lift surgery.
Adverse Reaction to Anesthesia
Breast lift surgery may be performed with the patient under general anesthesia. In rare circumstances, the patient may have a poor reaction to anesthesia, especially if they suffer from an underlying medical condition. An anesthesiologist will be present during the surgery, and will usually be able to identify patient response early and minimize the risk of complication.
If the two sides of the incision have not healed together or the tissue on one of the sides is dead, full healing may be slowed down. Women who receive anchor lift technique may have a slightly higher risk of slow healing. Smokers are also at a higher risk of poor healing. The surgeon will typically trim away the dead tissue and re-suture both sides of the incision to expedite healing.
Numbness in the Nipple Area
Loss of sensation or temporary numbness in the nipple and areola may occur, if breast lift involves their repositioning. In most cases, the sensation will gradually return on its own. Dr. Seify receives patients from Newport Beach, Orange County, CA, and nearby areas for breast lift surgery.
Unsatisfactory Cosmetic Result
In rare cases, the patient may be unsatisfied with the aesthetic outcome of a breast lift. If the breasts appear uneven, or the new shape of areolas is not to the patient’s liking, the surgeon may address the issues with a revision procedure.