Mo Salhab MD, MRCS, MS, PG Dip, FRCS
Oncoplastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Breast Surgeon
Breast uplift surgery aims to convert droopy breasts to better-shaped breasts which have more fullness in the upper aspects. There are many surgical techniques for breast uplift .that I perform.
The technique chosen for your breast uplift will depend on multiple factors such as your age, your breast size, shape/anatomy, skin quality, the amount of skin that will be removed and your desired results.
In principle, breast uplift involves moving the nipple and areola with its blood and nerve supply to a higher place on the breast mound and removal of excess breast skin Such surgery will result in different styles of scars mainly the inverted T scar or Wise pattern scar and the vertical scar. Occasionally an implant can be placed behind the uplifted breasts to give more fullness and bigger breasts.
Risks & Complications of Breast Uplift
During your consultation, I will discuss with you all the potential complications that could occur after breast uplift surgery.
Recognised risks are:
- Bleeding and haematoma formation (blood collection) rarely occurs. The patient will feel tightness and enlargement of the breast. This complication may require the patient to be returned to the theatre in order to stop the bleeding and evacuate the haematoma.
- Skin necrosis or delayed healing of the wounds. This occurs due to inadequate blood supply to edges of the skin. Previous history of smoking, diabetes, and radiotherapy to the breast are recognised risk factors. This complication is usually treated conservatively with antibiotics and regular dressing until the wound heals.
- Infection is also a rare complication and usually associates with skin necrosis. It is treated with a course of antibiotics
- Scars: Breast uplift results in varying types of scars, the majority will fade away within a few months after surgery. However, some women develop thick unsightly scars called hypertrophic or keloid scars. Others may develop broad scars special treatments that can be attempted to improve the appearance of unsightly scars.
- Nipple sensation change or loss: Breast uplift involves cutting through the breast tissue, This occasionally causes damage to the sensory nerves that supply the nipple, Nipple sensation and sensitivity may take a few months to return but some women may experience permanent nipple sensation change or loss.
- Nipple necrosis: This is a rare complication and occurs due to loss of blood supply to the nipple. Ex-smokers are at higher risk of developing this complication. Nipple necrosis likely affects a part of the nipple. But rarely, it can affect the entire nipple resulting in nipple loss.
- Fat necrosis means part of the breast fatty tissue losses blood supply resulting in hard lumps. This condition is harmless and usually settles with time
- Asymmetry: This means in some patients the breasts may feel or look slightly different depending on the many factors. This will be discussed with you in detail if applicable.
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