Breast reduction and breast lift (Mastopexy)

breast reduction
Example of a female sagging breast, before (red) and after a breast lift (blue).

Reasons for this operation are the following: big breasts, sagging breasts, and asymmetry.

The operation

A breast reduction is meticulously planned by measuring the amount of reduction and outlining it on the skin. During the operation, breast tissue is removed to give the breast the desired shape, volume and firmness. Yet, scars are inevitable: one around the nipple-areola-complex, one down to the inframammary fold and one horizontal scar within the inframammary fold. The scar in the inframammary fold is an exception and results only after large resections. Regardless of the operative technique, it is not always possible to retain the ability to nurse.

For a breast lift, the same operative technique is applied, but only skin and no breast tissue is resected; the volume of the breast remains the same.


What you should keep in mind
Anaesthesia: general
Length of operation: 3 hours
Patient status:usually inpatient for 1 to 2 nights
Side effects:swelling and tension for 2 – 3 weeks, limited movements of the arms
Recovery:back to work: after 1 to 2 weeks
Result: lasting, certain degree of recurrent sagging inevitable