What are the risks of breast lift surgery?
All procedures carry some risk. Having your procedure done in an accredited hospital minimises your risk during a procedure. The best way to categorise risks is to divide them into the risks of having a general anaesthetic, things that can go wrong during the procedure, things that might happen in the first few weeks and things that might happen further down the track.
Generally speaking, patients undergoing elective surgery have very minimal risk, but it is a doctor’s duty to inform patients of all their material risks. Our consent package details these risks, but the following is a quick list.
Risks of having a general anaesthetic
• Areas of lung collapse and pneumonia
• Clots in the legs (DVT) which can move to the lungs (Pulmonary Embolism)
• Death (risk in Australia is about one in a million, you are at more risk driving to and from the hospital)
Things that can go wrong in the operation
• Damage to surrounding structures
Things that might happen in the first few weeks
• Collections of fluid or blood within your breast
• Sensation changes to the breast or nipple
• Delayed healing
• Irritation from dressings
• Partial or complete loss of the nipple
Things that might happen long term
• Poor scars
• Changes in size and shape with age & weight fluctuations
During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will explain all these risks, what they do to avoid and treat them, and the rates at which they occur.