More quality of life after a breast lift

Breast lift is a plastic surgery procedure that – although it is more invasive compared to other procedures such as breast augmentation performed less frequently is becoming more popular – and may be necessary – for women whose breasts have lost tone over the years. Women also undergo this operation in Dr. Bernard’s practice.

Especially After pregnancy and breastfeeding or severe weight loss the breast may droop or sag. This is due to the changed elasticity of the skin.

For many women, this is a problem. They feel less attractive and are afraid to show themselves naked in front of their partner. Surgery can help in this case and help to gain more self-confidence.
In the following sections we will explain what the prerequisites are for this, how the procedure works and what you need to bear in mind.

What requirements must you meet for such an intervention?

Severe weight fluctuations after the procedure can affect the surgical results. Therefore, if you want to undergo a breast lift, you must no longer be growing. This is the only way to ensure that the breasts are fully developed.

It is therefore also recommended that family planning is complete at the time of the procedure. In general, if you decide to undergo such a procedure, you should be in a good physical and psychological condition.

What preparations are necessary for a breast lift?

In preparation for the breast lift, Dr. Bernard’s practice holds a comprehensive consultation takes place. Here, the patient’s medical history is discussed and a physical examination is performed.

There are various factors, such as the size of the breasts or the age of the woman, which have an influence on the surgical result. It is important to find out what result should and can be achieved in the end, especially to clarify whether the surgery can meet the woman’s expectations. Furthermore, Dr. Bernard will explain the surgical procedure and inform about possible risks.

What is the procedure like?

Breast lift is performed under general anesthesia and takes about two to three hours. The operation is performed in two stages. On the one hand, excess skin tissue is removed, and on the other hand, the nipple is moved.

For this, Dr. Bernard usually makes two incisions: The first incision is made directly along the line below the areola of the nipple, the second immediately following it vertically downward to the crease of the breast. Excess skin tissue is now removed. The nipple is then moved to its intended position and the atrium is reduced in size.

The internal glandular tissue is tightened so that the breast regains its original round shape. Here, it is important that the nipple retains its connection to the underlying tissue so that its function is preserved. At the end, the sutures are closed and a stable bandage is applied.

Are there any risks associated with a breast lift?

As with any surgical procedure, there are certain risks associated with a breast lift. These are mainly associated with the general anesthesia and concern the cardiovascular system.

Also associated with the procedure itself are certain However, these are comparatively rare if the operation is properly prepared and performed by an experienced surgeon.

Possible consequences of a breast lift are bruising or swelling, especially in the first days after the operation. Furthermore, infections or worsened wound healing may occur. This can be more common in smokers or patients with diabetes. In individual cases, a temporary feeling of numbness may occur at the operated site, but this will disappear over time.

What happens after the operation?

About one to two days after surgery, the dressing and drains that collect wound secretions are removed. The patient must then wear a sports bra for six weeks. During this time, it is important to avoid excessive physical exertion. Going to the solarium and sauna should also be avoided.

During the first two weeks after the procedure, patients are usually on sick leave, and here it may also be necessary to take painkillers. After 14 days, the ends of the stitches are removed. Thanks to the self-dissolving suture material, it is not necessary to remove the sutures. The final result of the breast lift is usually only visible after several months. Until then, the scars are often still sensitive, so that especially the partner with the breast very must be handled with care.