Breast Care

Breast Lift Risk and Side Effects


Like any other surgical procedure, undergoing breast lift surgery carries its own set of side effects & risks. The best way for a breast lift patient to avoid the side effects & risks associated with breast lift mastopexy surgery is to have a board certified, highly qualified plastic surgeon that is experienced in performing this surgical procedure. The consultation stage is an essential portion of any plastic surgery process as the quality of your breast lift results will vary depending on the quality of your plastic surgeon.

When women age and their breasts start to sag, some of them may turn to a breast lift to correct the condition. There are many options to make their sagging breasts firmer and shape them better, to make their breasts more attractive.

Risk And Side Effects Of Breast Lift Surgery

This correction procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic. Most breast lifts take as little as two to four hours, while some can be longer. The procedure involves making three incisions – one goes around areola, the second goes vertically down from nipple to crease beneath the breast and the third follows the natural curve of the breast.

Following these incisions, the unwanted skin is removed and the areola is moved to a new position in order to give a new shape to the breast.  After the surgery with the incisions closed using small fine stitches, some surgeons may put a drainage tube under the skin to drain blood and fluids. The incisions are then covered with gauze bandages, and then covered with a surgical bra or an elastic bandage.

Complications Of Breast Lift Surgery

  • Infection
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Severe pain
  • Bad reaction to anaesthesia
  • Undersensitive or oversensitive nipples
  • Internal bruising or haematoma
  • Protracted healing
  • Slight risk of deep vein thrombosis

Taking Time to Heal

It is important for those who have opted for this surgery to be patient to reap the full benefits of it. Breast lifts take time to heal. The lingering discomfort and bruising may be a source of distress for some. Remember to wear a good support bra, which should be free of underwire for a few months, so as to protect the post-operative breast tissues.

No surgery is without risks; hence, it is advisable to be educated on all aspects of the procedure or consult your cosmetic or plastic surgeon carefully before you decide on undertaking a breast firming surgery. There are risks involved, no matter how small they may be. You should be aware of all possible risks and how they can affect you.

The First Few Eeeks

In follow up visits, especially during the first week following surgery, the drainage tubes and bandages are removed. However, clients still need to wear a support bra for several weeks. Most patients experience swelling and bruising from the surgery, which can last for a few weeks, while the discomfort and pain from the procedure can last for a week or more. Most surgeons prescribe pain relieving medication to manage the discomfort.


The most common problem associated with breast lift surgery is scarring. Unfortunately any surgery that utilizes incisions will leave scars. Although all plastic surgeons are conscious of the appearance of scars and work towards leaving the smallest scar possible, the presence of permanent scars is unavoidable.

Subsequent Weeks

Within a week or two, the stitches are removed and the patients are generally allowed to return to work two weeks after their surgery. Many patients, however, have stated that they don’t feel ready to return to work at this time, until they feel completely recovered. During this period, many are instructed to limit their exercise periods, to prevent harming the already damaged tissues at the breast and chest areas.


Asymmetry Because each patient heals differently, some women will experience small differences in the size or shape of breasts after breast lift surgery. Asymmetrical nipple placement may also be apparent after surgery. Breast asymmetry is one of the most common risks of breast lift surgery and in most cases, is minor.

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