Breast lift and breast reduction

Breast lift and breast reduction

Breast reduction's brief history

Breast lift's brief history

Breast lift and Breast reduction surgeries


Plastic surgery of the breast is performed for the following reasons:
• The natural enlargement of the breast may cause pains in the back and/or posture disorders (hypertrophy).
• Following breastfeeding or excessive loss of weight the skin and glands of the breast sag, and a considerable “hanging” develops.
• The breasts are of a different size and/or shape.
All three reasons listed may cause psychological complaints.

The operation
Plastic surgery of the breast is performed with full anaesthetic. The aim of the surgical intervention is to correct the position, size and shape of the breast. If the two breasts are of different size the solution is either the reduction of the size of the bigger breast or the enlargement of the smaller breast with an implant. The correction of the position or shape of the breast is carried out with the removal of the elongated skin and the consolidation of the glands according to their proper anatomical position. A crust remains on the skin after the operation, a diagonal one at the lower curve of the breasts and a perpendicular one between the halo of the nipples and the lower curve and a last one around the halo of the nipple. The incision at the lower curve may not be necessary in case of minor correction. Generally a small drain must be inserted for a few days after the operation.

Aftercare
The patient is advised not to get up during the day of the operation. One day later she can gradually make movements and get up, but is not permitted to lift or bend. Patients can leave the clinic 1-2 days after the operation. They get a flexible bandage which is to be worn for a few days. Later on it can be replaced with a sports bra which is to be worn for an additional one month. Following the monitoring period the patient is released in the company of an attendant. Homecare and the observation of instructions is the patient’s responsibility. After hospital release the patient is to be frequently checked and further instructions are given at these occasions.

Possible complications
Surgical interventions can entail complications, like post operational bleeding, inflammation, that owing to the improvement of medical techniques, can be easily treated and has grown more and more rare. Complications most regularly occurring are the result of the anaesthetic or of the operation. Depending on the patients’ different susceptibilities there is a chance for the development of crusts, thick hypertrophy or celoidic.

Perspectives of recovery
Local pain always develops during the first week therefore the patient may have to take painkillers, (Algopyrin, Cataflam, Donalgin). Hospitalisation lasts no longer than 1 or 2 days, although full recovery may take 4 to 6 weeks. Until the development of the final shape the patient has to wait a few months. The crusts are red in the beginning but gradually fade. This procedure takes about a year. The skin of the breasts and the nipples can be insensitive for a few months and feel tight during menstruation. We must remind you that with the passing of years the “lifted” breast may sag again, which may then need correction.

Breast reduction's brief history

Breast lift's brief history

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