Breast lift or breast plasty is performed, when due to gravitation and weakening of connective tissue, breasts become flabby or sagging, although the size is quite proportional to the rest of the body, or when they are out of shape.
In order to reach the desired effect, we usually use two operation methods: >The first method, the least invasive at the same time consists in filling of the empty mammary gland with suitable breast implant, which is going to give the desired shape at the same time. This technique is used especially in patients, who don’t care about reduction of breast. The second method – “upside down T letter” incision is performed and the flabby mammary gland is shaped from the inside. >The decision concerning this procedure is usually very hard, despite the psychical discomfort due to esthetic reasons or physical discomfort, due to back pain The most common concern of women, who are planning the operation is the fear of pain. Meanwhile, 95% of patients, who decided to lift their breasts in our Clinic say, that pain and other inconveniences attributed to this procedure are way exaggerated. Moreover, all of our patients claim, that if they only knew about the mild conduct of the operation and tender care of the clinic before, they wouldn’t hesitate to make this decision earlier. You can not erase those hears spent on inner dilemmas and thoughts… The decision concerning this procedure is usually very hard, despite the discomfort caused by uneven, shapeless breasts. The patients who decide to undergo this procedure are usually guided by esthetics. Moreover, it is worth to mention, that breast operations are one of the most common plastic surgeries worldwide – last year 600 000 of such operations were performed in USA. >Usually this kind of procedure has a good influence on patient’s psyche. Thanks to outstanding effects they feel more attractive and full of energy. Being aware of having new, shapely breasts is a source of joy for them, causes better self-esteem and increases of optimism..
Qualification for procedure
For persons coming from distant parts of the country or from abroad, pre-procedure consultation, which qualifies for the procedure, can be performed on the day of planned operation. During the consultation the patient should ask about all of the issues connected to the planned operation, about anything which bothered her or caused anxiety. The doctor, who is going to perform the procedure will explain the entire conduct of operation, choice of method, and inform about the possible dangers.
Preparation for operation
The persons coming from very distant parts of the country and Europe should come the day before the planned operation, so they can take a rest after the trip. After qualification all of the necessary blood tests will be carried out in our Clinic. Only the patients who are more than 50 years old should get their EKG and mammography done before coming to the clinic. You are not allowed to eat or drink anything on the day of operation. Your stomach should be perfectly empty. The patient should reduce cigarette smoking at least 4 weeks before the planned operation. Pain killers with acetylsalicylic acid or medications which contain aspirin should be stopped at least 14 days before the operation, because they have influence on blood clotting. You need to tell your plastic surgeon about all of the medications that you take. All kinds of allergies are also very important for your medical history. In case of any kind of change of the date of operation, for example due to sickness, please inform the Clinic, so we can arrange another date for you.
Procedure, anesthesia and staying in the Clinic
This procedure is performed in a general anesthesia. Thanks to the modern operation methods you will not have to stay in our Clinic more than 2-4days. During the procedure we remove the excess of skin and subcutaneous tissue. In order to do that we use the following techniques: vertical incision from the areola to the groove under the nipple, or – in very large breasts – “T letter” incision. The operation lasts about 3 hours.
All of our patients receive special, well-fitted bras which have to be worn constantly for several weeks. It is very important to pay special attention to the reactions of own organism. Although there is no pain, or other symptoms of operation, you shouldn’t physically overexert yourself. Reduction of activity and a lot of rest are recommended in order to allow fast healing. You need to avoid gymnastics, any kind of sports, house works (ironing, window washing), intensive work of pectoral muscles or sleeping on your belly. The same refers to sun tanning, extensive sun exposition and use of sauna. For the first three months you are recommended to massage your breasts intensively and use all kinds of creams and medications which reduce the scars. According to the recommendations of the plastic surgeon, you should remove the stitches after 7 days, and you can do it in any outpatients clinic or doctor’s office chosen by your family practitioner, the dressing is usually used for 10 days. Each of our patients will receive more individual information concerning further procedures at the discharge from Clinic.
Risk and possible complications
Just like for any other procedure, there is a risk of infection, bleeding, permanent tensions, creation of scars or haematomas. You won’t be able to breastfeed. There is a risk of necrosis of skin, nipple and areola. In case of any questions, ask our surgeon. Despite of theoretical possibility of occurrence of complications, none of the above has ever happened in our Clinic.
Post Operative Recommendation
- During the first two weeks after surgery you should take Vitamin C; 3x 1 tablet
- After 10 days from surgery you should massage your breast 3 times a day for 1 minute for the next 5 weeks (massage by kneading your breast with hand)
- For 10 days you should disinfect the wound
- Every second day change the dressing and clean the wound with salicylic spirit (alcohol) or perhydrol liquid and put the antibiotic ointment Betadine or Nitrofurazon
- In case of non-absorbable stitches, after 14 days you should cut one side of stitch’s tip inshor the skin and take off the second tip (remove the whole stitch)
- It is advised to change the dressing in sterile dispensary
- 3 weeks after surgery scarfs should be greased with Dermatix ointment (twice a day)
- During the first 6 weeks you have to wear the bra day and night and compression belt over the breast
- For 3 weeks from your surgery every (even simple) activity, that requires physical efford like: cleaning, vaccuming or washing is forbidden
- During the first 6 weeks you cannot do any exercises, e.g aerobic, fitness, swimming, etc.
- During the first 3 months: sun-bathing, solarium and sauna are forbidden
- Patient received a prescribtion for / Patient was given medication from Clinic:
- Painkiller medication: Ketonal (in case of pain)
- Ointment with antibiotic: BETADINE or NITROFURAZON
If you have any doubts you should immediately contact with the Clinic
Hereby we wish to inform that each patient is treated individually. The cases differ between each other, therefore this instructions may be somehow different than those that you will receive from your surgeon after the operation.