The risks and complications for an augmentation mastopexy include:
- Delayed wound healing and possible wound infection
- Development of a post-operative collection of blood in the wound - this might require draining in the operating theatre
- The long term complications of having breast implants can include a thickening and tightening of the scar tissue around them, which is known as capsular contracture. In addition, implants have a lifespan, and "device failure" may occur over time. Both of these complications might require further surgery (at cost)
- As the nipples are being repositioned and the breast is being tightened, there is a small risk that the nipple can undergo necrosis (die), but fortunately this is rare. Other issues with nipples can include numbness and shape changes.
- There will inevitably be a degree of differences between your breasts - some breast asymmetry is normal
- Malposition of the implant can occur, when the implant settles into an "unaesthetic" position - this would require surgical revision if it occurs.
- All operations carry a risk of blood clots occurring the legs (DVTs) that can migrate to the lungs (PEs) which, whilst rare, are serious.
Revision surgery might be needed to make any adjustments in your result - rates can be around 20%