In most women’s lives, the moment comes when she looks with dissatisfaction at the changed shape of her breasts. After childbirth, due to the passage of time or thanks to individual attributes, the skin loses its elasticity and tone. Breasts that have lost their perkiness can be made firmer with a plastic surgery procedure called a breast lift.
When is a breast lift warranted?
No matter how flexible the female connective tissue is, the breasts may sag and lose their shape even at a young age due to genetics, breastfeeding or even slight weight loss. If the skin is so thoroughly stretched that the desired degree of breast augmentation can no longer be achieved by inserting an implant, a breast lift is required. Women who have undergone a breast lift can once again be proud of the most beautiful symbol of their femininity, their self-confidence increases, which, based on the feedback from our clientele, has a positive impact on all areas of their lives.
What happens at the first consultation?
Our plastic surgeon will examine you during a personal consultation and show you, based on their references, what your expected best outcome will be if you decide to have surgery. They will then discuss the options in a personalized way, explain the different surgical techniques and show you where the surgical scars will be located. It is important to know that in 50% of cases, to achieve the best possible, most aesthetically pleasing result, fitting breast implants may also be necessary. We currently use Mentor and Motiva branded implants in our clinic, which are FDA- and CE-certified products from leading American manufacturers. Mentor implants have a lifetime warranty, while Motiva products are made with a patented nanotechnology SilkSurface® exterior for even greater safety. Implants, in terms of shape, can be round or teardrop, with a textured surface, and provide the highest safety and best quality.
Preparing for surgery
As with all surgeries, before a breast lift you will need to undergo a full examination, which includes laboratory tests, ECG and x-rays if necessary, and ultrasound and mammography. In our private hospital, we perform all the necessary tests at the same time to save you time and make your preparations for surgery more convenient. You will then receive some lifestyle tips to help you prepare for surgery and to speed up your recovery. These include quitting smoking - at least temporarily - as nicotine slows the healing processes, consuming adequate amounts of fluids, vitamins and trace elements (vitamin C, selenium, zinc) and avoiding the use of aspirin, ginkgo biloba and other natural remedies, because these affect blood clotting.
What happens during surgery?
During a breast lift under anesthesia, our plastic surgeon makes the incision in the so-called inverted T-line, i.e. from the areola heading vertically in the direction of the inframammary fold beneath the breast, where it continues with a horizontal incision. Excess skin is then removed and our plastic surgeon fills out the mammary gland to form the desired shape, inserting the implant of the selected shape and size if necessary. The surgeon then fixes the nipples in the appropriate anatomical position. Absorbable sutures are used throughout, sparing you the inconvenience of later suture removal. The whole procedure takes 2-3 hours.
After a breast lift you will need to spend one night in our private hospital, where you can relax in pleasant and comfortable surroundings. The surgical site should not be exposed to water for one week. You will need to wear the special bra - which we provide for you - for eight weeks. During the first two weeks it is important to avoid all strenuous physical activity, then you can gradually resume your previous rhythm of life, and after three weeks light exercise is allowed. Neither the solarium, sunbathing, nor the sauna are advised for two months. Our plastic surgeon will call you back for a postoperative examination at specified intervals. The visible scars heal after approximately 6 months, while those under the skin heal within 2 years. Although we try to screen for all risk factors during preoperative breast lift examinations, unforeseen complications may occur. At the first consultation your plastic surgeon will inform you about these and how to avoid them.