A breast lift, also known as mastopexy, is a surgical procedure that aims to reshape and support the breasts by removing excess skin and tightening the surrounding tissue. This procedure is often performed on women who have sagging breasts due to factors such as pregnancy, significant weight loss, or aging.
In many cases, the upper portion of the breasts loses its fullness, resulting in a deep breast crease and the nipples often sitting lower than the breast fold. A breast lift addresses these issues by moving the nipple upward, creating a more youthful appearance.
Additionally, some individuals may opt to include the placement of an implant during their breast lift procedure if they desire increased volume. This can further enhance the shape, contour, and firmness of the breasts, leading to an improved overall aesthetic.
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The treatment process
What is the treatment process for a breast lift?
60 – 120 minutes
2 – 3 days
During the initial consultation, you will discuss all aspects related to the breast lift procedure with your designated plastic surgeon. This discussion will help determine the most suitable method for you, provide an understanding of the expected outcome, potential complications, and appropriate post-operative care. You can always expect honest advice and clear information about the breast lift procedure and the recovery process.
In this consultation, the plastic surgeon will also assess whether you are a suitable candidate for a breast lift. The surgeon will inquire about your health status, medical history, and any medication use. If you are currently taking any medications, it’s crucial to inform the plastic surgeon. In some cases, you may need to stop taking certain medications prior to the procedure.
We recommend adhering to the following guidelines:
- Discontinue use of blood-thinning medications starting two weeks before surgery.
- Cease smoking at least six weeks in advance. Smoking constricts blood vessels, which can potentially interfere with wound healing.
Please note that there is a consultation fee of 100 euros. This amount will be deducted from the final price of the treatment.
Before initiating the breast lift procedure, the plastic surgeon will mark your breasts to indicate where the incisions will be made and where the nipple will be repositioned. There are typically three methods for performing a breast lift:
- The first involves an incision around the areola for minor lifts of up to two centimeters.
- The second method involves an incision around the areola and another one straight down to the inframammary fold in cases of moderate sagging or laxity.
- The third method involves an anchor-shaped incision, which is typically used when the breasts are significantly sagging or drooping.
Following the incisions, the excess skin is removed, and the nipple is moved to a higher position. If necessary, we also adjust the shape of the nipple. Once the breast has been lifted, we suture the incisions closed and secure them with adhesive bandages.
The procedure typically takes between an hour and a half to two hours and is performed under general anesthesia. After undergoing a breast lift, you will be required to stay overnight in the hospital for observation.
Immediately following your surgery, a nurse will provide you with a sports bra. Unless directed otherwise, this bra should be worn both day and night for a period of six weeks. If desired, you may purchase an additional sports bra without an underwire for your personal use.
For optimal recovery, it’s crucial that you rest as much as possible during the first two weeks post-surgery. During this time, vigorous activities such as sports or heavy physical labor should be avoided.
The healing process for the surgical wound typically takes around two weeks. During this time, you may notice that your breasts are swollen and have a fiery red color – this is a normal part of the healing process.
After approximately two weeks, you may gradually resume light duties. However, please note that sports and heavy physical work should still be avoided until around six weeks post-surgery, or until your healthcare provider gives you clearance to resume these activities.
Any surgery always carries risks. A breast elevator is no exception, but complications are very rare. The complications that can occur are:
- Wound infection
- Divergence of the skin edges at the scar
- Wrinkling of the skin around the scar
- Allergic reaction
- Numbness of the nipples
- The formation of severely thickened scars
- Dissatisfaction with the aesthetic result
If glandular tissue under the nipple has been removed or the nipple has been moved, breastfeeding is often no longer possible. Always ask your plastic surgeon if this is the case for you.
Scars are red and swollen at first, but this usually lessens after six weeks. Keep in mind that a scar takes about a year to a year and a half to reach a final stage. Keep scars out of the sun and care for them with a scar cream. At our clinic, we use Staudt scar cream.
Stop smoking at least six weeks before to six weeks after treatment. Smoking constricts blood vessels, which can cause problems with wound healing. The risk of subsequent bleeding is reduced once you stop smoking.
What does a breast lift cost?
At Blooming Plastic Surgery, we understand that the cost of a breast elevator is an important part of your decision to undergo this treatment. That’s why we offer breast elevator at a reasonable price, with a focus on delivering high-quality results and excellent patient care.
The cost of a breast elevator at Blooming Plastic Surgery starts from €1.000. This includes all costs associated with treatment, such as consultations, the surgical team, anesthesia and aftercare. The exact amount may vary depending on the complexity of the procedure and your individual needs.