Hello, I realize I am on a website dedicated to answering patient medical questions and concerns; which I am truely thankful for. My question relates to the odds of a woman having complications with a breast lift and Saline Implants. I, as with every other woman attempting this procedure, only want sucess and will do everything my surgeon asks me to do. Does anyone know what the stats are regarding uneventful breast lifts with saline implant insertion versus the same procedure with issues?
Odd of Complications from Breast Lift and Saline Implant Surgery?
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Risks and possible complications following breast augmentation with a vertical lift
Combining a vertical lift with an implant (staged or non-staged) will inevitably result in another lift sooner than later. The reason for this is that the vertical incision inherently weakens the lift. Every woman knows that skin is simply not enough to hold the weight of a breast. Why then, would you add the weight of an implant on top of that?? Think about it, why would you place a cut at the point of maximum tension? It doesn't make sense. Just because most PS do this, does not make it right. There is a new series of techniques that do not utilize a vertical scar regardless of size or ptosis (degree of sagginess). The Ultimate Breast Lift or the Mini Ultimate Breast Lift have revolutionized and greatly improved the dynamics of breast lifting techniques. Do your research. This is a great start.
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Odds of complications with breast lift and saline implant surgery.
Somewhere the odds of either one alone except for the fact of cutting of the skin does put more pressure on the incision line, which may lead to greater incidences of dishiscence of the skin but with good subcutaneous closure, this usually does not happen.
Complications increase when a lift and an augmentation are done at the same time.
Julie, While the complication rates of either a lift or a augmentation by themselves are small, when combined it increases the risks markedly. As noted, the lift is tightening the skin and the augmentation is stretching the skin, so 2 very different forces are at work and can lead to poor wound healing due to tension on the skin closure. I do not combine them but offer a lift 1st, to produce a perkier, better shaped breast and then will do the augmentation later after the lift has had a chance to soften, settle and mature. This approach is safe and reduces complications and possible need for revision surgery.
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Complications from Breast Lift and Saline Implant Surgery
Combining a breast lift with an implant increases the risk of complications.The reason for this is that the breast lift tightens the breast skin,while the implant stretches the breast skin.Therefore two opposing forces are created.
One option is to use an adjustable saline implant .The implant can be placed underfilled initially ,and then filled to the desired volume once healing has taken place
Vertical lift and infection
It is rare to have a breast infection after a vertical lift iwth implants. The risk is probably about 1-2 % if that high during the initial post-op period.
Complications from breast lift are few
The real risk of a complication from a breast lift with or without implants is very small. Risks such as infection or a bleed, capsular contracture, is fairly low. If you consider dissatisfation with the result a risk, Realself notes that satisfaction is 85% with a worth it rating. All of us want success so choose your surgeon and 'look' carefully.
Lift and Complications
There is no standard answer to your question as there are many factors that will influence the outcome. Various factors such as the vertical distance lifted,the size of the implant,type of implant,patient health ,ethnicity,technique used to name a few will all play a role in the final result.