Risks of Breast Lift Surgery
A peri-areolar technique will result in scars and wrinkling of skin around the areola. It may take about 1-2 years for the wrinkles to smoothen out.
If an inverted "T" technique is used, the scars will be around the areola with a linear scar running down from the nipples and another linear scar along the infra-mammary fold.
The risks of breast lift surgery include:
- Unfavorable scarring
- Bleeding or hematoma
- poor healing of incisions
- Temporary or permanent changes in nipple or breast sensation
- Breast contour and shape irregularities
- Breast asymmetry
- Skin discoloration
- Permanent pigmentation changes
- Swelling and bruising
- Damage to deeper structures such as nerves
- Blood vessels and muscles tissue necrosis
- Fluid accumulation
- Excessive firmness of the breast
- Potential partial or total loss of nipple and areola
- Pain which may persist
- Possibility of revisional surgery and risks associated with anesthesia
A patient should be aware that breast lift surgery can interfere with diagnostic procedures. Also, breast lift surgery does not normally interfere with pregnancy, but the normal breast changes which accompany pregnancy and lactation may negate the results of surgery.
Because of the removal of some breast tissue, this procedure may also interfere with breast feeding.
A few weeks after surgery, sutures used to close the deeper layers may spontaneously surface through the skin. Although these are expected to be absorbed within 4-6 months following surgery, these are still material foreign to the body and may be "pushed outwards" as healing progresses.