The technique of the breast lift is largely identical to that of a breast reduction. The procedure takes about 2 hours and is performed under general anaesthesia. Normally, the stay at the clinic lasts 1 to 3 days.
During a breast reduction surgery, glandular tissue, fat and skin in the lower part of the breast are removed. In addition, the areola is reduced in size and moved upwards. This results in a smaller, lighter and firmer breast.
There are several surgical techniques. An incision is always made around the areola to move it upwards. Sensitivity and ability to breastfeed are maintained. An additional incision runs vertically downwards from the nipple, a horizontal one in the inframammary fold where the breast meets the ribcage.
The breast reduction takes about 4 hours and is performed under general anaesthesia. The procedure is usually performed with a hospitalization of 1 to 3 days.
MAIN FACTS ABOUT BREAST LIFT AND BREAST REDUCTION AT A GLANCE
- Surgery preparation: 14 days before the surgery avoid aspirin and other blood-thinning drugs. 2-3 weeks before and after the surgery, reduce alcohol consumption and smoking significantly due to possible wound healing disorders.
- Anaesthesia: general anaesthesia
- Hospitalization: 2 nights
- Follow-up check: 12-14 days after the surgery at the general practitioner
- Stitches: dissolvable
- Compression bra: should be worn for 8-10 weeks
- Scars: scars fade approx. after 1 year
- Fit for work: after 2-3 weeks, avoid physically demanding work
- Sport: earliest after 6-8 weeks
- Sun / solarium: avoid for at least 3 months; afterward cover up the scars and use a sunscreen with a high UV protection factor for at least 1 year
- Breastfeeding ability: remains unchanged
- Surgery result: visible after 4 months