Breast Lift Risks and Safety Information
While breast lift cosmetic surgery is a relatively safe procedure, it still involves a certain level of risk like any other surgical procedure. The risks can be minimized by the choosing an experienced surgeon and following the surgeon’s instructions diligently.
Dr. Wright Jones is a double board certified plastic surgeon providing breast lift and other surgical and non-surgical aesthetic procedures. Patients in Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and surrounding locations have an opportunity to receive breast lift from Dr. Jones.
During the initial consultation, the surgeon will discuss all aspects of breast lift plastic surgery, including its potential risks:
Infection risks are inherent to any surgical procedure, but it is possible to minimize the risk when the surgical center maintains high standards of hygiene. Antibiotics may be prescribed to the patient after the breast lift surgery to minimize the infection risk.
Pronounced redness, continuous pain, abnormal swelling, fever, pus, and warm skin are some of the common signs of infection. If the patient experiences one or more of these symptoms, she should contact the surgeon promptly.
Uncontrolled bleeding or hematoma may occur in rare cases following breast lift. If the surgeon is fully aware of the patient’s medical history and her current medications and supplements, they will be prepared for such risk and will provide the right guidelines to the patient to minimize this risk before surgery. Patients should be forthcoming about their medical history, current medications, and smoking habit to help the surgeon make the right decisions.
While mild nausea, discomfort and dizziness are expected as an after-effect of anesthesia, an adverse reaction to anesthesia may occur in rare cases. If the patient has any underling medical condition, an extreme reaction may occur. An experienced anesthesiologist may be able to detect the poor reaction early and try to minimize its impact.
If both sides of the incisions do not heal together or the tissue on either dies, the post-operative healing may become slow or complicated. Smokers typically face the risk of delayed healing because smoking interferes with the blood flow. Women who undergo anchor breast lift technique are at a higher risk of slow healing. The surgeon will trim away the dead tissue and re-suture the two incision sides in such cases.
Numbness and Tingling Sensation
Tingling and loss of sensation in the areas around the areola and nipple may take place following breast lift due to the repositioning of the tissue. Temporary numbness is a common side effect, but in rare cases, the loss of sensation could be permanent. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jones receives patients from Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA, and nearby areas for breast lift.
Undesirable Cosmetic Results
Success rate with breast lift is fairly high, but in exceptional cases, the breasts may appear uneven after the procedure. A few patients may be dissatisfied with the new shape of the areola. A revision surgery may be needed to address these concerns. Poor scarring may also occur in rare situations.
See all plastic surgery procedures that Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Wright Jones performs of the face, nose, body, and breast in and around Atlanta, Buckhead, Stockbridge, Marietta, GA and surrounding areas.