With aging, the skin loses elasticity and as a result the breast, too, loses its shape. This effect is magnified after pregnancy or weight loss.
During a breast lift (mastopexy) the procedure is similar to that of a breast reduction, but only little or no breast tissue is removed. The breast is reshaped, and a firmer bust is created through skin removal.
How do I prepare?
Prior to the operation we discuss with you your concepts in an extensive counseling interview. Starting at 14 days prior to the operation, you should refrain from taking any pain medications that affect blood coagulation (e.g. aspirin). We also recommend that you avoid the consumption of nicotine two weeks before and after the operation.
How is the operation carried out?
The operation takes place in the context of a 1 to 2-day hospital stay, and is performed under general anesthesia. Prior to the intervention, markings are drawn on the patient's standing body. Depending on the patient's wishes, the areola of the breast is reduced and repositioned. Mammary gland tissue is reshaped and the skin is tightened.
The incision and thus the scars run around the nipple, and from the nipple vertically down to the inframammary fold. Sometimes another incision along the inframammary fold is also necessary.
What about follow-up care?
The day following the operation, we remove the drainage tubes for the wound secretions and the patient is fitted with a supportive sports brassiere. This should be worn day and night for six weeks. Around the nipple, the skin is sutured with fine surgical threads, which are removed after 10–14 days. The remaining sutures dissolve spontaneously. However, the definitive breast contour takes minimally three to six months to become apparent.
Are there complications?
As with breast reduction, ability to breastfeed may be limited after surgery, and sensory or perfusion deficits of the nipples can occur. There is with all operations a risk of postoperative hemorrhage, infection, impaired wound healing, or excess scar tissue formation.
Key points at a glance:
- Duration of surgery: one to two hours
- Anesthesia: general
- Hospital stay: two to three days
- Follow-up care:
- Sports brassiere without metallic content for six weeks
- No sports activity for six weeks
- Work disability: one to two weeks (depends on physical stress required for work)