Breast Lift Risks And SafetyPosted on March 2, 2018
Breast lift cosmetic surgery is generally a low risk procedure. However, certain risks are associated with all kinds of surgeries, including breast lift. It is important to choose a skilled an experienced surgeon to reduce these risks as well as follow the surgeon’s guidelines before and after the surgery.
The patient should share her medical history with the surgeon and adhere to the care instructions for the preparation and recovery phase. Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery, led by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Kim, provides breast lift to patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and surrounding locations.
With a focus on hygiene and cleanliness standards, the risk of infection after a surgery can be reduced significantly. However, there still exists some risk of infection after a breast lift. Some key indications of an infection are:
- Significant or worsening inflammation
- Skin that feels warm when touched
- Severe pain
Hematoma and Bleeding
In certain unusual cases, the patient may bleed uncontrollably during or after a breast lift plastic surgery procedure. In a majority of the cases, this occurs due to an underlying medical condition or certain blood thinning medications that the patient may be taking.
Sometimes the blood lost in the course of the surgery collects under the skin, which is known as hematoma. Though this risk exists in almost every major surgery, a surgeon can address it with a narrow drain place just beneath the skin.
Poor Reaction to Anesthesia
A few patients do not respond well anesthesia or sedation. An anesthesiologist will closely observe the patient’s reaction to the anesthetic drug during the surgery. They can also alter the anesthesia levels during the procedure to ensure that the patient remains safe and comfortable.
At times, both sides of an incision may not heal simultaneously causing the tissues on either side to die. This risk commonly occurs in patients who choose conventional anchor breast lift technique or those who smoke. To correct this complication, the surgeon will trim the dead tissue and place sutures on either side of the incision again.
Loss of Sensation
The surgeon will reposition the areola and nipple during the surgery. This creates a small possibility that the patient will experience a loss of sensation in these sites. This complication is quite rare as the surgeon does not detach the tissues from the nerves beneath.
The loss of sensation in the breasts right after the surgery is not cause for concern as temporary numbness is a known side effect of a breast lift surgery.
Undesirable Aesthetic Outcome
Most patients are happy with the outcome of a breast lift surgery. But in a few cases, the breasts may appear uneven after the breast lift. Some patients may also be unsatisfied with the reshaped areolas. In most of these cases, surgeons address the issue with a revision surgery.
However, when patients choose a highly skilled and experienced surgeon, the risk of poor aesthetic results is minimized. Experienced cosmetic surgeon Dr. David Kim receives patients from Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and nearby areas across the landscape for breast lift surgery.
For more information on the surgical and non-surgical procedures and treatments by Board Certified Cosmetic Plastic Surgeons Dr. David Kim and Dr. Eugene Kim, contact us (310) 271-6996 at or click here.
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