Breast augmentation was once one of the leading cosmetic surgeries in the United States. With breast size not as much of a beauty attribute as it once was, many women are turning to mastopexy, or breast lift, as a viable cosmetic surgery alterative. As way to surgical enhance the natural look of the breast tissue, many women believe mastopexy is a far safer procedure but, unfortunately, this may not be the case. If you are considering mastopexy surgery, it is important to become familiar with not only the outcome of the surgery in the long term but what short term surgical complications may arise.
Mastopexy is the medical term used to describe a cosmetic surgery in which the breasts are lifted to a position that is perceived to be more youthful and natural. Because women often experience sagging of the breasts with age, mastopexy is usually a reasonable surgical consideration in midlife when looking for ways to enhance physique. For some women, however, the breast lift surgery can lead to health complications and it is important, therefore, to be familiar with the risks of mastopexy prior to scheduling and paying for this cosmetic procedure.
Risks of mastopexy may include complications in direct response to the surgery itself. Such complications of cosmetic surgery may include an allergy to surgical tape, sutures, or even the products that are use to sterilize and inject into the skin. In addition, infection, swelling, redness and pain are all risks of the surgery and may develop in the hours, days and weeks after the mastopexy is complete.
In the months and years after mastopexy there are even more risks and complications that may develop. In some women who undergo breast lift, there is a risk for abnormal breast shape to develop, some fatty tissue around the breast may deteriorate and leave a lumpy appearance to the breasts, and then there are women that experience blood clots, loss of sensation and even scarring that is visibly noticeable.
When considering this cosmetic surgery, you will want to discuss these health risks with your surgeon. In many cases, risks of mastopexy can be mitigated with a few changes to surgical procedures but it is important to be realistic and to understand the long term complications that may arise. If you are seeking out a breast lift, discuss not only the benefits but also the short term and long term health risks. In doing so, you can have a more realistic expectation as to what your breasts will look like in the years following the surgery completion.
Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, 2008: 9: 15-19.+