Facts on breast lifting
|Treatment methods:||Minimal scarring, with T, J or L-shaped incisions|
|Treatment duration:||from 3 hours|
|Post-treatment:||No drains required, only adhesive bandages and bra; check-ups after 10–12 days, 6 weeks, 6 months, 1 year|
|Removal of sutures:||Absorbable sutures used|
|Costs:||From 8,000 EUR|
As the years go by, the female bust undergoes countless changes. Pregnancy and significant weight chances can cause tissues to become slack over time, which can result in a drooping breast that is often deeply troubling for the woman in question. Genetic reasons can also cause the bust to appear unappealing and less femininely shaped.
Many women suffer greatly as a result of drooping breasts: they feel as though they have lost their femininity. Exercise also rarely resolves the situation. Slackened glandular tissue can no longer be tautened by physical activities alone, and it’s rare for excess skin to form back into shape on its own – meaning that, in such cases, breast lifting is often the only effective solution.
In surgical breast lifting, we remove excess skin and shift the drooping tissue upwards to restore an attractive, feminine shape to the bust. The procedure creates a harmonic body silhouette that radiates femininity and helps the patient to regain their self-esteem. Here at Central Aesthetics, we would be happy to consult you personally on how you can achieve your desired results through professional breast lifting.
Frequently asked questions on breast lifting
At Central Aesthetics, we use two different breast lifting methods: the low-scarring technique and the so-called T-technique. In the low-scarring technique, we make an incision around the areola and, from there, make a second incision vertically downwards. This allows us to keep the subsequent surgical scars to a minimum.
In the T-technique, an additional incision is made in the crease beneath the breast. This combines with the vertical incision to create a T-shaped scar. Further variations are possible, and the vertical incision can be extended to the left or right. Such procedures do not create a T-shaped incision, but instead result in a smaller L-shaped incision.
In the second stage of breast lifting, the glandular tissue within the breast is shifted to a new location; this allows us to move the breast to a higher position with a more rounded shape. To ensure that the tissue doesn’t simply droop again with time, we use the large chest muscle as an anchorage point. The breast is lifted up, and is afforded a more attractive, aesthetic form.
Yes, a breast lifting procedure can also be carried out on patients with existing implants. We particularly recommend this method if the breast’s glandular tissue has slipped over an implant that is sitting too high. This situation is often referred to as the ‘waterfall effect’. In breast lifting surgery, we remove excess tissue and tauten what remains. We also return the areola to its correct position, higher on the breast. It’s often possible to carry out this procedure in a way that avoids creating additional scarring – though this depends, above all, on how far the tissue has sunk.
Whether breast lifting is a good idea after breast implants have been removed depends on various individual factors. The breasts may form back of their own accord to a certain extent, depending on the condition of their tissue. If it can be assumed that the breast tissue won’t reduce in size on its own, in some circumstances breast lifting treatment could become an option.
Of course, if a patient wishes to have breast lifting treatment directly after implants have been removed, we can accommodate this. In most cases, the two steps can easily be combined in a single procedure.
The location of any scarring following breast lifting surgery depends on the surgical method used – and, of course, scars will change over time. They are rather inconspicuous at first before taking on a reddish colour that becomes lighter over the course of around 18 months. After a few years, the scars are barely visible.
At Central Aesthetics, we always opt to make incisions that result in the least possible scarring. Most patients worry above all about the vertical scar leading down from the areola. However, this scar fades considerably over time, so much that it is no longer noticeable. The incision around the areola, on the other hand, can alter the colour gradient between the lighter breast skin and the darker pigment of the areola. As a result, the border between the two areas does appear more marked after the breast lift. However, if you feel uncomfortable with the result or find it intrusive, it can be masked effectively with permanent make-up.
Breast lifting surgery generally allows us to achieve lasting results. Studies into the technique we use have shown that the results can last for more than 10 years. Of course, how long the results last varies for each patient depending on individual factors, including the condition of their glandular and skin tissues. The proportion of glandular and fat tissues are different for every woman’s breast. The firmness of the mammary gland can also impact on how long the results last.
How long a patient should wait to start exercising again after surgery depends on the sport in question. After two weeks, they can resume gentle cycling and leg training; after four weeks, they can also start general strength training. Patients should avoid all contact sports and team sports for at least 6–8 weeks after the procedure as the risk of injury in such sports is particularly high.
Before the breast lift, your doctor will provide you with precise information on how to prepare for the surgery. We recommend avoiding smoking for a few weeks beforehand, or at least severely restricting your consumption. You should also temporarily stop taking any medication that affects blood coagulation.
Then, after the surgery, you should avoid exercise for several weeks. You can resume gentle everyday activities such as shopping, showering and driving straight away. The time you’ll need to take off from work depends on the activities you carry out – though long periods of absence are usually not required.
Breast lifting surgery can make the breasts appear smaller as tissues are shifted into a higher position. However, no breast tissue is removed – only excess skin. As a result, the breast essentially remains the same size. The majority of patients can continue to wear the same bra size following breast lifting surgery.
Pregnancy, weight changes and genetic factors can all cause breasts to slacken prematurely. In breast lifting surgery, we remove excess skin and restore an attractive, feminine shape to the bust. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have, and can explain specific details of this procedure in a one-to-one consultation. You can reach us via our contact form or by telephone at +49 (0)69 902 871 13. We look forward to consulting you!