A breast lift / breast reduction, which can also be combined with a breast implant, will give you firmer, more youthful-looking breasts, resulting in a considerable improvement in your body proportions. If you have very large breasts, you will usually also find that your annoying backache disappears.
In principle, these operations can be performed at any age. However, it is important that your body has finished growing and that your breasts are fully developed.
What results can be achieved?
A breast reduction/lift will change the size and shape of your breasts permanently. Nonetheless, with the passing of the years, the shape of your breasts may be affected by changes in weight, pregnancy or the natural ageing process.
forms of anaesthesia and hospital stay
This procedure is usually performed under general anaesthetic (on request also under local anaesthetic) on an inpatient basis, and occasionally also on an outpatient basis. If you have a pre-existing condition or if you live a long way from the clinic, an inpatient stay is recommended.
How should I prepare for the operation?
Depending on your age and family history, a breast diagnosis (breast sonography, mammography) will be necessary before the operation.
You should not take any painkillers (such as e.g. aspirin) for a period of 14 days before the operation. We also prefer you not to consume alcohol for approx. 1 week before the operation.
You can improve circulation and have a positive impact on your skin's elasticity before the operation by applying skin care creams, massaging and rinsing off with cold water.
What happens during the operation?
An incision is made around the areola and from its lower edge to the inframammary fold.
During the operation, after removal of the excess tissue, the remaining mammary gland is reshaped and sutured in layers under tension.
The mammary gland is fastened to the muscle in a raised position. The wound is closed in multiple layers using extremely fine sutures. Drainage tubes ensure the unimpeded discharge of wound fluid. Immediately after the operation, a sterile bandage and a well-fitting support bra will be put on.
What happens after the operation?
We can completely eliminate any pain in the days following the operation with painkillers. In addition, as after any surgical intervention, varying degrees of swelling and bruising will occur, but this will subside within 14 days. Your nipples' sensitivity to touch may be affected for a few weeks or months following the surgery. Post-operative bleeding, problems with wound healing, inflammation, thrombosis and embolism are rare.
What complications can arise?
If you suffer from allergies (to medications or plasters) or other illnesses, it is imperative that you inform us of these before the operation. If you bruise easily or suffer persistent bleeding after minor injuries, we need to rule out the possibility of a clotting disorder. To reduce the risk of thrombosis, we ask you to stop taking the contraceptive pill 4 weeks before the surgery.
What follow-up treatment is required?
You will be back to feeling normal just a few days after the operation.
The drains will be removed after 24-48 hours. The use of absorbable sutures eliminates the need for sutures to be removed.
The minimal bandaging can be removed after just 7 days. We recommend avoiding sporting activities and refraining from heavy physical work for 4-6 weeks. You will need to wear a special support bra for a total of 6 weeks.