What are the risks involved in a Breast Lift?
A breast lift is not a simple operation, but generally associated with low risks. However, as with all surgical procedures, complications cannot be completely ruled out and are not always foreseeable in individual cases. The possible complications are best discussed in a personal consultation between you and the surgeon.
As with any other operation, bruising and swelling may occur. These usually heal by themselves after a few days and only in rare cases do they have to be removed by surgery. Rare complications also include wound infections and wound healing disorders. If the edges of the sutures are separated, they can lead to a later widening of the scars. Mostly factors play a role that are discussed in detail in the conversation before the operation, such as delayed healing in diabetics, smokers and patients with blood coagulation disorders. The delayed healing of the sutures usually does not affect the new breast shape.
A possible widening of the scar can be compensated by a small scar correction at a later stage. Temporary numbness of the skin in the surgical area and the nipple may occur. Sensitivity generally returns during the healing process. In individual cases, it is possible that the numbness in the area of the breasts or nipples does not completely disappear and permanent sensory disturbances may occur.
All operations leave permanent, more or less visible scars. Scars will also remain after a breast lift. We will inform you about the course of the scars during the consultation. Both breasts are never completely symmetrical before and after an operation. The surgery is intended to create the best possible symmetry. If the shape and size of your breasts or the position of the nipples are noticeably different after surgery, a later corrective procedure may be necessary.
What exactly is the procedure for a breast lift in the practice of Dr von Isenburg &
1 The personal information
A breast lift represents an enormous change in the figure of our godmothers. That is why we take the discussions in advance very seriously and also a lot of time. It is always helpful for you if you write down your questions, worries and fears beforehand so that we can clarify them during the consultation. If necessary, you can also ask us by telephone at a later date or at a further preliminary meeting if there are still any uncertainties.
At the end of the preliminary consultation, you always sign the consent form. In addition to your personal data, this document includes the type of operation planned as well as comprehensive information about the potential risks. Your signature ensures that you have understood our explanations and explanations and that you agree to the operation with knowledge of the risks.
2 Preparation for treatment
Depending on your age and family risk, we may ask you to have a mammogram before surgery to rule out lumps in the breasts. You should be in as good overall health as possible before a scheduled surgical procedure.
Please limit alcohol and nicotine consumption to a minimum. Smoking has been proven to worsen the microcirculation of the surgical area. Smoking should therefore be avoided for at least two weeks before and two weeks after the operation. The intake of hormone-containing medications (birth control pills, hormone replacement preparations) should be temporarily discontinued if necessary. Under no circumstances should you take aspirin or medicines containing acetylsalicylic acid for at least 14 days before the operation.
3 Procedure of the operation
Directly before the operation, the planned incisions and the new position of the nipples are drawn on the skin, usually while sitting or standing. The procedure usually takes between one and a half to three and a half hours. The techniques can vary; for the most common method of breast lift, the reshaping of the sagging tissue is combined with an upward displacement of the nipple and possibly a reduction of the nipple.
If you also receive an implant, it is placed in a pocket on or below the chest muscles without additional incisions. Depending on the extent of the breast sagging, different techniques are used. You will notice these different techniques mainly in the different resulting scars. These can look as follows: