Are you considering plastic surgery? You will find a clear explanation of the most common plastic surgeries on these pages, including the advantages, disadvantages and risks involved.
Book an appointment with our plastic surgeon to discuss your needs in greater detail. He will explain the limitations and complications of the procedures in all honesty. This will give you a very realistic view on the chosen treatment, which will in turn avoid disappointment in the future. If needed, you can always combine this with a visit to our dermatologist for additional advice.
Mediclinic prides itself on its vast experience in the treatment of esthetic skin conditions. After consultation with our dermatogist, you will be advised on the safest and most efficient treatment. All treatments are supervised by our dermatologist. Mediclinic has an arsenal of lasers, devices and technologies to ensure you get the best results.
You will find a short description of the most common esthetic skin conditions on this website, including the different treatment options available:
Whoever thinks of Mediclinic, thinks of plastic surgery, esthetic dermatology, laser treatments,...
Today we have added a new dimension. The professional medical wellness now offers very gentle, pleasant, calming or rejuvenating treatments, that provide excellent results. These treatments include facials, medical pedicures, manicures, permanent epilation, skin tightening, peelings, cryolipolysis, etc. You're most welcome to enjoy a moment of pure relaxation at our clinic.
These treatments can be booked on their own or in combination with our dermatological or surgical interventions. A relaxed body and mind will prepare you for the more stressfull treatments and will make sure you can can recover in the best possible circumstances.
Mediclinic prides itself on its extensive experience and ensures you will get the best treatments based on the most recent developments in the field.The wellness treatments are not performed by our doctors but by our paramedical staff. The treatments were developed and selected by our dermatologist.
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Breast lifting (mastopexy)
Many women suffer from sagging breasts after pregnancy, aging or slimming.
A breast lift can be considered when the breasts have sagged and/or when the positioning of the nipples is too low. The nipples will be repositioned to the correct height. This almost always results in a scar around the areola. A large nipple can be simultaneously reduced in size removing any excess skin under the nipple. A new technique can be employed whereby the pectoral muscle is used to reinforce the breasts. This gives a more permanent result and prevents new sagging. After surgery the breasts often appear larger because the gland has returned to its correct height and firmness.
There are different techniques, depending on the severity of the sag:
- Ultrasound breast lifting
- Mini breast lifting
- Breast lifting
- Breast lifting with muscle (GRAF lifting)
Ultrasound breast lifting
In case of minor sagging and sufficient volume at the top, an ultrasound breast lifting can be performed. An ultrasound cannula sends energy beneath the skin to create new tissue and make the chest firmer. The biggest advantage of this technique is that there is no scarring. This method "melts" some of the fat resulting in firmer breast tissue. If all the glandular tissue is located at the bottom, or if the patient does not want the breast volume to be reduced, this method should be combined with the placement of an implant or another technique.
Mini breast lifting
The minilift procedure is possible if the positioning of the nipples is just a little low (the measurement from the dimple in between the clavical bones to the nipples = 22 – 25 cm). The procedure can be performed under local anaesthesia and results in a small scar around the nipples. The sensation in the nipple is preserved, as well as the possibility to breastfeed. With the development of a new technique using very supple permanent sutures, we are able to reduce the occurence of folds and broad scars to a minimum.
In case of severe sagging, the ultrasound breast lift or the mini breast lift are no longer sufficient. If the nipples are clearly positioned below the fold under the breast, or if the distance from the nipple to the clavicle is more than 24 cm, a full breast lift is the only option to obtain a good result. During this procedure the nipple is moved upward, leaving a scar behind. Excess skin is also removed under the breast. This creates a scar from the areola downwards. The breast tissue itself is folded for a tight result. A lot of people think that the nipple is removed and subsequently put back. This is not quite the case. The nipple remains attached to the mammary gland, blood vessels and nerves. In fact, only the superficial skin around the areola is detached to move the nipple. Breastfeeding is still possible in most cases, and sensations and blood supply are also left intact.
Breast lifting with muscle (GRAF lifting)
If only a lifting effect is necessary, and the breast volume is good, a lifting technique may be employed which uses the pectoralis major muscle as a permanent internal bra. This allows the mammary gland to remain higher and firmer for a longer-term effect.
Combination breast lifting and enlargement
A slight lifting effect can be also obtained by enlarging the breasts. However, when the nipple is positioned too low, a combination of both procedures is necessary.
A breast lifting is usually less painful than a breast enlargement. Discomfort is therefore usually limited to a few days.
Because of the limited discomfort, light activities and office work can usually be resumed fairly quickly. Sports and more strenuous activities may be resumed after 4 weeks, swimming and sauna only after 6 weeks.
Risks are similar to other surgical procedures - such as infection, poor scar healing, poor absorption of subcutaneous sutures.
After a breast lift, a sterile pad is put in place and needs to be changed every two days, which can be done by a district nurse. After two weeks, the dressing can be removed and a healing cream used. A sports bra is best worn for 4 weeks night and day.