Breast Lift

Duration of the procedure:

2 – 3 hours depending on the preoperative findings

Type of anaesthesia:

general anaesthetic

Outpatient treatment

with medical supervision during the first night, in-patient treatment in more severe cases and for patients at particular risk

Indication

Pregnancy, weight loss or aging can lead to sagging and a loss of elasticity in the breast tissue. When the breasts droop the position of the nipples also changes. 
In cases of great volume loss, it is advisable to insert an implant as well in order to ensure a beautiful, lasting contour.

Operation

Ideally the height of the nipple position should be at approximately the middle of the upper arms. Before the operation, patient and doctor plan the optimal size of the breasts according to the patient’s wishes, taking into consideration the original shape and size of the breasts.

During the breast lift the saggy breast tissue is remodelled and raised together with the nipples. The areola, which is usually over-sized as well, must normally be reduced to about 4 cm in diameter. The method of breast-lift chosen varies depending on the preoperative findings.

The foremost objective is to create symmetrical, round, firm breasts by means of an incision that will produce minimally visible scars. For relatively small breasts the incision merely runs around the areola. (Benelli technique), for relatively large breasts the incision runs around the areola and then vertically down the midline of the breast to the inframammary fold (Lejour technique). For really large breasts Professor Pallua has developed an L-form technique that ensures an unscarred cleavage. (See the section above).

For patients without sufficient breast tissue a breast enlargement is performed out using a silicone implant.

After the operation

  • Sutures are removed after 2 weeks
  • Wear a support bra for 3 months
  • Post-surgical wound care (with scar massage und possibly self-adhesive silicone pads) begins after suture removal
  • Avoid physical strain (especially raising your arms) for 3 weeks
  • Avoid sports involving the use of your arms for 2 – 3 months
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