Breast Lift After Lumpectomy and Radiation?

Can a breast lift be done after a lumpectomy and radiation?

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Breast Lift After Lumpectomy and Radiation?

Yes it can be done, but requires the most careful judgement. It depends on the condition of the tissues, the amount and kind of lift required, the areas of scar and irradiation. 

Consulting with a surgeon with considerable experience is essential. All the best. 

Seattle Plastic Surgeon
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Breast Lift after Lumpectomy and Radiation

Yes, breast lift can be performed on a patient who has had a lumpectomy with radiation, however it needs to be done very carefully and conservatively. The lumpectomy and radiation have an adverse affect on the blood supply to nipple areola complex.

Scott Loessin, MD
Key West Plastic Surgeon
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Breast LIft afar Lumpectomy and Radiation

Without seeing you in person and knowing more about the procedures that you have already had, it is hard to give you specific advice.  However, after radiation, it is sometimes better to treat any defects with fat grafting, which can give a very natural look.


Good Luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Can a breast lift be done after breast cancer treatment with surgery and radiotherapy?

I would be very cautious about advising a breast lift following breast cancer surgery and radiotherapy. The key issue is the long term effect of the radiotherapy on your breast. 

Radiotherapy reduces blood supply and increases scarring. It is the blood supply that can potentially have devastating effects on further surgery to that breast. Your risk of wound healing complications and infection is significantly increased, as well as the risk to your nipple. 

Some people may still be candidates for this operation if they do not need a significant breast lift and the radiotherapy site is away from the nipple area of the breast. Therefore the best thing to do is to get an opinion (or two!) of plastic surgeons with a special interest in breast plastic surgery.

Good luck with your search


Marc Pacifico, MD, FRCS(Plast)
London Plastic Surgeon
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