How to reduce risks of mastopexy

How to reduce risks of mastopexy

21st Dec 2020

Like any other surgical procedure, breast lift surgery has risks and potential complications that can occur during the operation, during the recovery period, or later on. Most of the risks associated with mastopexy are common to all surgical procedures, and by this, we mean the risk of developing an infection, the formation of a blood clot, seromas and hematomas, delayed wound healing, skin or fat tissue necrosis, and wound dehiscence. Aside from this, there are risks associated with the use of general anesthesia during the procedure and the risk of getting unsatisfactory results.

To reduce the risks of mastopexy, the patient is advised to choose an experienced, talented, board-certified plastic surgeon to play out the procedure and follow his recommendations to the letter. The plastic surgeon will assess your health condition during the pre-operative consultation and will also ask you to get some blood tests and other types of tests. Make sure to do this as it is essential to rule out potential contraindications and keep you safe during and after the procedure. 

To reduce the risks of anesthesia complications, patients are advised to not eat or drink for at least six to eight hours before the procedure. Also, make sure to avoid considerable caffeine and alcohol intake in the days before the surgery. Drugs are also to be avoided as they might interfere with the anesthesia.

When it comes to the risks associated with the formation of a blood clot after the surgery, it is important for patients to stop taking birth control medication, as well as other medication that could contribute to increasing this risk before the procedure. Birth control pills should be stopped a month before the procedure and patients are advised to use other contraceptive methods in the meantime.

Another risk associated with mastopexy is excessive blood loss. This is more likely to happen if the patient has blood coagulation issues or has taken anti-inflammatory medication in the weeks before the procedure. Even something as simple as a natural supplement can cause excessive bleeding if it has blood thinning effects. Make sure to discuss all your medication with the plastic surgeon before scheduling mastopexy and call him in case you took a pill that is from these categories. Your procedure might be rescheduled for your safety.

The risks of wound dehiscence and delayed wound healing can be avoided if the patient stays away from smoking before and after the procedure for a minimum of three weeks and also if she avoids lifting heavy objects for the first month post-op. Wound dehiscence can lead to infections and also other complications that could be avoided. 

The risk of getting unsatisfactory results can be reduced by choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon who plays out this procedure routinely and discussing all the details with him openly and honestly.

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