Potential risks and complications of breast lift (mastopexy)
All patients are advised not to take drugs containing aspirin, ibuprofen or gingko biloba for at least a week before their operation.
All operations carry potential complications and risks, and your consultant will ensure you are fully aware of all these before you commit to surgery.
All patients are advised not to take drugs containing aspirin, ibuprofen or gingko biloba for at least a week before their operation as these can cause bleeding. Smoking affects your skin blood vessels and makes both bleeding after the operation and the risk of skin dying more likely.
This procedure involves cutting into fat, which can then die. The dead fat either appears as a sterile abscess coming through the wound, or a tender lump under the skin. If this happens, dressings may be required. If the lump remains, calcium can be deposited into it, which can show up on an X-ray. Consequently, it is very important that if you have a mammogram performed in the future to tell the staff you have previously had breast surgery.
Breast lift patients are advised to stop taking any contraceptive or hormone pills containing oestrogen 6 weeks before the operation, and not to restart it until 2 weeks afterwards. Obviously you should use a different method of contraception during this time.
- The breast lift (mastopexy) procedure
- Breast lift (mastopexy) after care
- Potential complications & risks of breast lifts (mastopexy)