The firmness of your breasts often decreases due to, among other things, ageing, weight loss and pregnancy/pregnancies. The nipple can begin to hang under the breast fold, while the filling in the upper part of your breasts often disappears completely. With a breast lift, your nipple is moved upwards, an implant can possibly be placed, and your breasts become firmer again.
Before the procedure, the plastic surgeon marks the skin where the incisions are made and how the nipple will be placed. The treatment method will have been discussed with you. The excess skin is removed and the nipple is then moved upwards. If necessary, the shape of your nipple will also be corrected. After lifting your breast, the incisions are stitched and covered with plasters. Drains and a pressure bandage may be applied if necessary. You will stay in the hospital for the first night. The drain(s) will be removed the following day.
The breast lift is performed under general anaesthesia, so you won’t experience any pain. The wounds may become painful once the procedure has been completed and you may experience a sore feeling in the chest muscle. This post-pain is temporary and will continue to decrease in the days following the breast lift. You can handle the worst of the pain with a painkiller.
Scars after a breast lift are inevitable. The experienced plastic surgeon will accurately determine the locations of the incisions, so that the scars behind are almost inconspicuous. Scarring depends on the extent of the procedure and the technique used. During a consultation with the doctor, you will learn about what you can expect in the area of scarring.
The plastic surgeon removes excess breast tissue during the breast lift. Your breasts may be slightly smaller than before the procedure. Do you want more volume? The breast lift can then be combined with the placement of implants.
After the breast lift, you will not be able to cycle, lift, exercise or drive for a few weeks. Only after two weeks can you carefully begin to build up these and other tasks. You may then also be able to drive again. Physical exertion and heavy work are that time not permitted. If the surgical wounds have healed after 6 weeks, you can then resume your normal work and activities. All this depends on the nature of your work.
You must bear in mind that this will not always be the case. This depends on the treatment method and whether mammary gland tissue is also removed. Doctors recommend that you only have a breast lift if you no longer intend to breastfeed.
Small skin nerves may also be cut while the nipple is being moved. Often the feeling of the nipple is preserved and only occasionally is there a decrease in feeling. In a limited number of cases the nipple becomes hypersensitive due to the breast lift.
Smoking has a negative effect on the blood circulation in your skin. Optimal blood flow is important for recovery after a breast lift. The chance of complications and side effects is considerably higher with smokers than with non-smokers. It is advised to stop smoking at least 6 weeks before and 6 weeks after the planned breast lift.
A breast lift is a relatively safe procedure, with the same risks as any other operation. For example, there is a small chance of infections and post-bleeding. Allergic reactions, poor wound healing and a (temporarily) changed feeling in the nipples may occur. Most women who have a breast lift are not affected by these. Always follow the doctor’s instructions to help ensure a speedy recovery.
The results of the breast lift are long lasting. However, natural body ageing is not brought to a stop. Depending on your age, the breasts change as a result. An increase in weight, going through a pregnancy and surgery also influence the size and shape of your breasts. The results achieved with the breast lift are preserved for years and remain beautiful for a long time with sufficient exercise and a healthy, responsible diet.
It is advised to wear a sturdy, seamless, sports bra after a breast lift. Good support is important for the healing process. In the first weeks you will need to wear this bra 24 hours a day. After 4 weeks you can take off the bra while sleeping. When the first 6 weeks are over and the wounds heal, you can choose to use a normal, well-fitting bra.
At our Dutch Clinic you pay € 2,999 for a breast lift that is performed in Turkey. This amount includes, in addition to the procedure itself, costs for transfers, hotel, hospital, hospital supervision, consultation and aftercare in the Netherlands.
A breast lift usually has no medical indication, therefore falls under the so-called ‘cosmetic procedures’ and is not reimbursed by health insurers.
Medical expenses that you have paid yourself can be deducted from the tax return under certain conditions. You must be able to provide the necessary evidence and statements for this. Do not just deduct the costs, first have a tax consultant inform you. Rules and conditions change regularly at the Tax Authorities. Good advice in advance can prevent any unpleasant misunderstandings, and even a fine, afterwards.