Breast lift is a very safe cosmetic surgery procedure with a low complication rate. However, as with any surgery, some degree of risk is always there. With an experienced surgeon, it is possible to minimize the risks. Patient’s cooperation is equally important in improving safety and mitigating risk.
Dr. Farah Naz Khan is a board certified female plastic surgeon providing breast lift and various other procedures for the breast, body, and face. Dr. Khan provides these procedures to patients in Dallas, Texas and surrounding locations.
The patient should be aware of the following potential risks that may be associated with breast lift cosmetic surgery:
The risk of infection can be minimized when the breast lift surgery is performed at a surgical center with high standards of hygiene. The surgeon may also prescribe advanced antibiotics for a few days to cut down the risk of infection.
Signs of infection include persistent pain, redness, increasing swelling, pus, fever or skin that feels warm to the touch. If the patient experiences any of these symptoms, she should get in touch with the surgeon immediately.
In a rare situation, the patient may experience uncontrolled bleeding following breast lift. This risk can be minimized when the surgeon is thorough with the patient’s medical history and current medications and supplements, and the patient is forthcoming with all the relevant information.
During the pre-operative consultation, the surgeon will provide detailed guidance about what medications to avoid, and evaluate the health conditions that could pose the risk of hematoma.
Poor Reaction to Anesthesia
Anesthesia will typically cause mild nausea or dizziness, but in rare cases, the patient may experience an adverse reaction to anesthesia. An extreme reaction may occur mostly only when the patient has an underlying health condition. An experienced anesthesiologist will be able to identify the patient’s response early and minimize the risk of poor reaction.
In a few cases, the post-operative healing may be delayed because the two sides of the incision may not heal together or the tissue on either side may die. Smokers usually face the risk of slow healing, and among breast lift patients, it is more common among patients who undergo an anchor lift technique. In such situations, the surgeon will trim away the dead tissue and re-suture both sides of the incision.
Loss of Sensation
Temporary numbness or loss of sensation may occur in the area around the nipple and areola due to their repositioning. In rare cases, the loss of sensation may be permanent. Temporary numbness in the treated areas is a common side effect, and not a cause for alarm. Board certified female plastic surgeon Dr. Khan receives patients from Dallas, Texas and nearby areas for breast lift.
Unsatisfactory Aesthetic Outcome
Results with breast lift are generally highly satisfactory for most patients. However, in an exceptional case, the breasts may appear uneven after mastopexy. In some cases, the patient may be unhappy with the new shape of the areolas. These concerns can usually be addressed with revision surgery.