Breast Lift (Mastopexy) short scar
Type of procedure - Surgery
Duration of the procedure:
2 to 3 hours
Type of anaesthesia:
Type of Stay:
Inpatient treatment for 1 to 2 nights
Pregnancy, weight loss or aging can lead to sagging and a loss of elasticity in the breast tissue. When the breasts droop the position of the nipples also changes.
In cases of great volume loss, it is advisable to insert an implant as well in order to ensure a beautiful, lasting contour.
Ideally the height of the nipple position should be at approximately the middle of the upper arms. Before the operation, patient and doctor plan the optimal size of the breasts according to the patient’s wishes, taking into consideration the original shape and size of the breasts.
During the breast lift the saggy breast tissue is remodelled and raised together with the nipples. The areola, which is usually over-sized as well, must normally be reduced to about 4 cm in diameter. The method of breast-lift chosen varies depending on the preoperative findings.
The foremost objective is to create symmetrical, round, firm breasts by means of an incision that will produce minimally visible scars. For relatively small breasts the incision merely runs around the areola. (Benelli technique), for relatively large breasts the incision runs around the areola and then vertically down the midline of the breast to the inframammary fold (Lejour technique). For really large breasts we use the technique developed by Professor Pallua that results in an L-form scar and ensures an unscarred cleavage.
For patients without sufficient breast tissue a breast enlargement (Augmentation Mastopexy) is performed using a silicone implant or autologous fat together with breast lift.
After the operation:
Sutures are removed after 2 weeks
Wear a support bra for 3 months
Post-surgical wound care (with scar massage und possibly self-adhesive silicone pads) begins after suture removal
Avoid physical strain (especially raising your arms) for 3 weeks
Avoid sports involving the use of your arms for 2 – 3 months