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Wound separation after breast lift surgery

26th Apr 2018

Introduction

While plastic surgery interventions are performed on a daily basis in most countries around the world, it is also true that any surgical procedure can entail risks and possible complications.

If a plastic surgeon tells you that the procedure he performs has no risks, choose another surgeon as he is definitely not telling you all the truth. Of course, there are plastic surgery interventions that have a higher risk to develop complications, while others are minimally invasive. However, all surgical procedures can be associated with the risk of developing an infection, accumulation of blood and fluids on the incision site, as well as swelling and bruising.

Some complications are specific to a certain procedure while others are general and can occur not only after aesthetic interventions but also with other types of surgical procedures performed for health reasons.

The breast lift surgery is one of the most complex plastic surgery interventions. Depending on the amount of skin tissue to be removed and the stage of breast ptosis, the plastic surgeon might need to perform up to three incisions. The length of the incisions is significance, hence it will take longer for them to heal.

The complications after the breast lift surgery can be caused by different factors such as the characteristics of the breast tissue, genetics, and the body’s ability to heal. Some of them can’t be avoided, despite the talent and experience of the plastic surgeon. Skin tears after breast lift surgery is a complication that rarely occurs after the procedure and in most cases is caused by poor would healing.

Most common complications after breast lift surgery

Because the breast lift is an intervention performed for aesthetic purposes, your plastic surgeon will try his best to avoid complications or to reduce their negative effects. Keep in mind that there is at least one treatment option for any potential complication and the only thing you should do is report to the plastic surgeon as soon as you notice something abnormal.

Bleeding is one of the most common side effects after a breast lift surgery. During the first 24 hours and in rare cases up to the end of the first week, bleeding can occur. If the bleeding is persistent and not stopping, contact your plastic surgeon immediately so he can assess the condition and recommend a suitable treatment plan.

After any surgical intervention that requires big incisions, there is always a risk of developing an infection. The operated area can get infected during or after the surgery. In the case of an infection, the patient will have a high fever, swelling, pain, and pus on the incision site. Infections usually have bacterial causes. To prevent an infection, the plastic surgeon will administer a broad range antibiotic during the surgery and also prescribe antibiotics to be taken during the recovery period. Untreated infections can become life-threatening conditions. Moreover, they can also alter the results of your plastic surgery as they lead to wound dehiscence and poor wound healing.

Skin separation after breast lift surgery can occur if an infection is present. The pus collected at the incision site when an infection is present can make the edges of the incisions unable to sutured properly. Skin tears can also occur.

If these complications arise, the treatment options that your plastic surgeon might suggest include an antibiotic treatment. If the antibiotic treatment is not working, the plastic surgeon might need to perform an additional intervention to clean the incision sites.

Wound separation after breast lift surgery

There are patients who complain of an intense pain, usually on the vertical scar when a small tear occurs above it. In these cases the patient usually wants to know what to do and if more stitches are required to seal the incision even better.

It is important to know that incision opening or delayed wound healing are potential complications after the breast lift intervention. Most patients confronted with these issues won’t require additional surgical intervention—just patience and a proper hygiene routine to avoid infection. In extraordinary situations, additional wound closure might be required to seal the tears.

If the wound dehiscence occurs shortly after the procedure is performed, it needs to be monitored at all times to make sure it doesn’t get infected. Re-suturing the wound is not usually the first treatment option despite what some patients think, as it can actually increase the risk of developing an infection.

The skin separation tends to occur more often in cases when the breast lift surgery is performed in combination with a breast augmentation or a breast reduction procedure.

The age is also a factor that has an influence on wound healing. The tissue of the breast gets older, stretches, and gets thinner with time. This means that wound dehiscence can occur more frequently for older patients or for patients with a poor skin quality. Smoking is another aspect that you need to properly consider if you want to avoid skin tears after the breast lift surgery. Smoking has a negative impact on the oxygen levels in the blood, and if the skin doesn’t get the required amount of oxygen, complications can be triggered.

Conclusion

There are several potential complications that can occur after the breast lift surgery. Bleeding and infection are common complications that can occur after any type of surgical intervention. Skin tears can develop after the breast lift surgery as a result of poor wound healing. In most cases, the patient is required simply to change the wound dressings according to the doctor’s recommendations. However in some cases, an additional intervention might be required to re-suture the wound.

If the wound dehiscence occurs shortly after the procedure is performed, the patient should be careful and monitor it as there is a higher risk of developing infections. Get in touch with your plastic surgeon as soon as you notice anything abnormal with your breasts.

 

 


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