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Are there contraindications for getting a breast lift?

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Dr. Richard Baxter
Surgery - Plastics
9 doctors agree

In brief: Risks to consider

A breast lift typically involves removing some skin so there are scars that will be permanent.
Most patients consider it a good trade-off and the scars fade but you need to accept those. Many plastic surgeons will not do breast lifts on smokers due to the higher chances of healing problems. Overweight patients are also more likely to experience surgical complications.

In brief: Risks to consider

A breast lift typically involves removing some skin so there are scars that will be permanent.
Most patients consider it a good trade-off and the scars fade but you need to accept those. Many plastic surgeons will not do breast lifts on smokers due to the higher chances of healing problems. Overweight patients are also more likely to experience surgical complications.
Dr. Richard Baxter
Dr. Richard Baxter
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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
If you are pregnant/nursing you should not have elective breast surgery. Also if you have severe medical issues such as heart problems, your risks from the surgery may be too high. Your surgeon and your personal doctor can help you decide if you qualify or not.
Dr. Payman Danielpour
Surgery - Plastics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

I won't perform a breast lift on a pregnant or nursing patient.
I also refrain from any patients that smoke. Obviously any patient that is not a surgical candidate for an elective operation is also ruled out.

In brief: Yes

I won't perform a breast lift on a pregnant or nursing patient.
I also refrain from any patients that smoke. Obviously any patient that is not a surgical candidate for an elective operation is also ruled out.
Dr. Payman Danielpour
Dr. Payman Danielpour
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Poor health

smoking, diabetes, certain prior breast surgeries, chemotherapy, anything that impairs wound healing

In brief: Poor health

smoking, diabetes, certain prior breast surgeries, chemotherapy, anything that impairs wound healing
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: General health

No contraindications in generally healthy women.
Smoking, diabetes, hypertension, etc., will put you at higher risks for complications from any surgery including a lift.

In brief: General health

No contraindications in generally healthy women.
Smoking, diabetes, hypertension, etc., will put you at higher risks for complications from any surgery including a lift.
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
Dr. ELizabeth Kinsley
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Dr. Francisco Agullo
Surgery - Plastics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Few

The main contraindications is smoking, otherwise if you are healthy there should be none.

In brief: Few

The main contraindications is smoking, otherwise if you are healthy there should be none.
Dr. Francisco Agullo
Dr. Francisco Agullo
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Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Certain medical and skin diseases, infection, smoker, chemotherapy and certain other drugs.
Unrealistic expectations.

In brief: Yes

Certain medical and skin diseases, infection, smoker, chemotherapy and certain other drugs.
Unrealistic expectations.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Dr. Todd Sisto
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Dr. Otto Placik
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Complications

There are few contrindications but there are increased risks of complications with certain conditions such as smoking, diabetes, obesity, previous radiation, etc, .

In brief: Complications

There are few contrindications but there are increased risks of complications with certain conditions such as smoking, diabetes, obesity, previous radiation, etc, .
Dr. Otto Placik
Dr. Otto Placik
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Dr. Jon Perlman
Surgery - Plastics

In brief: Yes

There are many different types of breast lifts.
Many are accompanied by placement of saline or silicone breast implants. Heavy smoking, a history of infections and possibly a strong family history of breast cancer are each relative contraindications to a breast lift. Most of my patients have successfully breast fed after the procedure so a desire to breast feed is not a contraindication.

In brief: Yes

There are many different types of breast lifts.
Many are accompanied by placement of saline or silicone breast implants. Heavy smoking, a history of infections and possibly a strong family history of breast cancer are each relative contraindications to a breast lift. Most of my patients have successfully breast fed after the procedure so a desire to breast feed is not a contraindication.
Dr. Jon Perlman
Dr. Jon Perlman
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