Breast Lift

Treatment information

A breast lift is a good solution against sagging breasts. During the operation, the breasts are lifted and reshaped. In some cases, insertion of breast implants combined with a breast lift will bring a better cosmetic result.

Generally about the treatment

As time passes, factors such as pregnancy, breastfeeding, weight changes, and gravity will affect women's breasts. When the skin looses its elasticity, the breasts will often loose their shape and firmness and start to sag. In this situation a breast lift can be a good solution.

A surgical procedure can lift and reshape sagging breasts. A breast lift is often combined with the insertion of breast implants, as this in some cases will improve the final cosmetic result.

Breast implants will add to the size and firmness of the breasts.

Suitability

Women above the age of 18 in good mental and physical health, with large or sagging breasts.

The procedure

Several techniques are available when performing a breast lift.

The most common procedure consists of making a so-called anchor shaped cut, meaning a cut around the areola (the dark area surrounding the nipple), a cut from the nipple down to the lower part of the breast, and then finally an arch shaped cut, which follows the natural contour of the breast.

The excess skin is then removed, and finally the nipple and the areola are moved further up on the breast.

Another, newer technique is the vertical method, also known as the Le Jour - or the lollipop -method, under which a cut is made around the areola and a vertical cut is made from the nipple and down to the lower part of the breast. From there the principle is the same as with the anchor method. The benefit of the vertical method is, that the horizontal cut is avoided, and the patient will therefore be left with one scar less per breast.

As a general rule, it can be assumed, that the bigger the breast is, and the more sagging it is, the bigger the scars will become.

The hospitals and surgery clinics don't always inform of the technique used. If you would like to know more about the technique used, you should contact the specific clinic and ask them.

A breast lift takes 2-4 hours, depending on the extent of the surgery.


Anaesthesia

A breast lift takes place on an outpatient basis or under hospitalisation, either in local or general anaesthesia, all depending on the extent and character of the operation.

Side-effects

Temporary contusion (bruising), swelling, discomfort, nausea, numbness and dry skin on the breasts. Permanent scars. Pain in the breasts for approximately 2 weeks.

Risk of complications

There is a risk of poor healing, which can result in big and unsightly scars. Infection, which can lead to the skin falling off. Asymmetric placement of the nipples. Permanent loss of feeling in the nipples.

There is a risk of side effects from the anaesthetic used, along with bleeding, poor wound healing, a poor cosmetic result, and blood accumulation.

No form of surgery is risk free, although severe complications are very rare.

Healing and recovery

Work can be resumed after 1-2 weeks. As a general rule it is advised, that the patient should sustain from heavy lifting, as well as intensive exercise, sports, and sex for up to 4 weeks. A few months will pass before the scars start to become less apparent.

Duration of the result

A breast lift does not bring a permanent result, but it will retain its effect for many years to come.

It is important to realise, that no form of surgery can put a permanent end to the effects of gravity.