Skin discoloration after mastopexy

Skin discoloration after mastopexy

30th Mar 2021

The recovery process after each plastic surgery procedure can take a while, depending on the health condition of the patient and also the type of procedure performed. When it comes to the breast lift, the recovery process often lasts no longer than two weeks, during which patients can resume most of their daily activities and even work.

Skin discoloration after mastopexy is a complication that can occur in rare cases, provided that the patient is following the instructions of the plastic surgeon to the letter.

When the breast lift is performed, the plastic surgeon might decide to perform one and up to three incisions on each breast to correct the sagginess. The main incision is localized around the edge of the areola, and the location of the other incisions are dependent on the technique used by the plastic surgeon. Because of the periareolar incision, there might be areas with necrosis after the procedure. If these areas are small, they often heal without additional treatment. But until they heal completely, the appearance and color of the areola and nipple might be different. If you notice skin hyperpigmentation or discoloration during the initial stages of the recovery period, make sure to contact your plastic surgeon and pay him a visit so he can assess the cicatrization process. 

Among the most important recommendations that you will get from the plastic surgeon after undergoing mastopexy is one about avoiding sun exposure. For patients living in areas where it is sunny most of the year, this can be a struggle; however, it is important to follow instructions. In other words, you will need to put bandages on the surgical incisions and cover the breasts from the sun for a minimum of six months post-op (preferably a year), if possible. While the patient might be tempted to go out to the beach or show her new perky breasts as soon as possible, it is important to resist the temptation. 

Skin discoloration can occur as a result of exposing the breasts to the sun too early in the recovery process. The patient should allow the cicatrization process to run its course before getting sun exposure on the breasts. Moreover, patients are also advised to apply sunscreen each time they leave the house, even if the upper part of the body is covered with clothes. Again, this recommendation is for the patients living in a sunny area where it is impossible to avoid the sun.

Skin discoloration after mastopexy is not a severe complication, and in case it occurs, the plastic surgeon might recommend procedures to make the skin look better. However, prevention is the recommended path rather than trying to correct the appearance of the breasts later on.

To avoid most complications associated with getting a breast lift, make sure to select a board-certified, experienced plastic surgeon. 

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