Breast augmentation, or enlargement, is, together with liposuction, the most frequently performed procedure in cosmetic surgery. It increases the volume of the breast while it simultaneously improves their shape too.
Differences in the size of the right and left breasts can sometimes be corrected by using implants with different shapes and sizes or by including mastopexy techniques. If sagging breasts are a problem, a lifting and firming procedure (mastopexy) can be combined with the breast enlargement.
MASTOPEXY / BREAST LIFT
A mastopexy is the medical term for the operation that lifts sagging or hanging breasts. The nipple of the breast is brought into a higher, more youthful position and the breast appears fuller. Not only can the form, firmness and size of the breast be improved but differences in the size and shape of the two breasts can also be improved for a more pleasing and more symmetrical look.
Frank uses modern techniques that reduce scarring to a minimum and make a breast lifting and enhancement possible in one operation. Depending on the patient’s desires and the actual condition of her breasts, various different surgical possibilities are available:
This technique is useful for smaller breast lifts and breast firming and leaves the least scarring. The scar runs around the outer edge of the nipple-areola area.
VERTICAL SCAR OR SHORT SCAR TECHNIQUE
With this technique the scar runs around the outer edge of the nipple area and down to the crease where the breast is joined to the chest. This is known as short scar technique or Lejour method. The advantages are that the scars are shorter and the breasts have a more natural shape after they have settled in their final shape.
With this method, the scars run vertically and horizontally in the crease under the breast with more scarring involved. Because of this, the technique is only used with very large, hypertrophic breasts or with skin that is very saggy so that a technique involving less scarring is not possible.