Is it safe to have cosmetic surgery 5 years after radiotherapy

In 2018, I had 4 weeks of radiotherapy and a booster after a lumpectomy and a few nodes out and I’ve been on tamoxifen ever since. Everything has been really smooth and I’m very much living in the here and now thankfully. I’ve been wanting to get a breast uplift and slight augmentation for a few years now just for cosmetic reasons and i just wondered if there was any reason it wouldn’t be advisable because of long term tissue damage after radiotherapy?

Hi Shoop765

Thanks for posting.

The effects of radiotherapy on the skin can sometimes affect further surgery to the breast including breast reconstruction or cosmetic surgery techniques. This is because radiotherapy reduces the elasticity and quality of the skin.

Your breast surgeon is best placed to give you advice on whether any cosmetic surgery you’d like to consider is possible in your personal situation.

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