Allergy or rejecting Galaflex used in a Mastopexy?

Are there any cases of patients being allwrgic to, or rejecting, Galaflex used in Mastopexy? Do patients bodies ever reject it as they do absorbable sutures that "spit"?

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Are you referring to the biologic graft that is used to improve the appearance of your areola? if yes, these tissues are more prone to infection rather than an allergic reaction. Please contact your physician for follow up.

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Allergy or rejecting Galaflex used in a Mastopexy?

Any thing is a possibility! Best to discuss with your surgeon>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Allergy to implant material

Anyone can have a reaction to a foreign body and whether it is an allergic reaction or just a sensitivity is sometimes hard to determine.Any foreign object can likewise become infected in which case it may need to be removed.

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Although I havent seen any reports of spitting. Everything is possible as with other suture material .. My results so far, have been positive with this product

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