Dr Ballieux is a specialist in cosmetic surgery and a graduate in breast surgery from the Breast Academy. Dr Ballieux brings all her experience in breast surgery to help you regain a firm and high breast. Following pregnancy or weight loss, many women experience changes in their breasts and sagging. This is called breast ptosis.
Dr Ballieux, a specialist in plastic surgery, can inform you about all the techniques concerning mastopexy and breast lifting in Belgium.
The breast often sags as a result of a loosening of the skin envelope and becomes ptotic. This is defined as a loosening of the mammary gland and the surrounding skin. This phenomenon can occur in all women, but often occurs after breastfeeding or after significant weight loss. If the breast is empty, it is called isolated ptosis or pure ptosis. This can also be associated with a degree of breast hypertrophy that is reducible on demand. This is called breast reduction.
The aim of this operation is to return the nipple and areola to their original position. It also allows the removal of excess skin and the lifting of the gland in order to obtain a harmonious breast again. The majority of the tissue is retained, with the aim of keeping a maximum volume while lifting the breast. In the case of a breast reduction, the size of the breast is also reduced according to your needs.
This operation is performed under general anaesthesia and requires a pre-operative mammogram.
There are three different techniques which vary according to the severity of the breast ptosis such as
This technique is used in cases of very moderate ptosis and therefore gives only one scar around the areola.
It is mainly used for patients with moderate ptosis and therefore gives a scar around the areola and a vertical scar. However, it does not require an incision in the sub mammary fold. You can see the before and after pictures with Dr Ballieux to see how discreet this small scar is.
This technique is the most recommended in case of very important ptosis. The scar is shaped like an inverted T with three components: peri-areolar around the areola, vertical and horizontal in the sub mammary fold. The horizontal scar is defined by the amount of ptosis.
This method is often used for women who have damaged tissue on their breast implants, or for breasts that are distended by breastfeeding or are too large. The implant site is reinforced by adding an internal bra.
Dr Ballieux decides, depending on your case and the aspect of your tissues, either to move the pocket of your implant with a notched suture or to reinforce this pocket with a Galaflex type tissue matrix. This matrix is installed between the patient’s skin and the breast tissue. It then becomes its own internal support.
It is also important to know that a breast lift does not increase the size of your breasts. If you wish, Dr Ballieux recommends that you combine this lift with a breast implant, which will increase the volume of your breasts. This operation is performed under general anaesthesia and requires a pre-operative mammogram.
First of all, before any operation, Dr Ballieux will receive you and give you all the information about the operation, its risks, its complications and the possible scars. At the end of this first interview, the doctor gives you a breast ultrasound examination form
The operation takes place under general anaesthetic. Dr Ballieux will make the preoperative drawings, before the anaesthesia.
First of all, the Doctor will receive you in her office in Brussels so that you can express your expectations.
Following this interview, you have a minimum reflection period of 15 days before you can give your decision to the Doctor. The reflection period can of course be much longer.
If you wish to continue the process, Dr Ballieux will propose an operating date and the operation will take place under general anaesthetic on an outpatient basis.
Dr Ballieux will receive you in her office for all your post-operative follow-ups. You will see her 1 week and 6 weeks after the operation and then 3 months, 6 months and 1 year later.
For a breast lift, or any other operation (breast prosthesis, breast reduction or breast augmentation) trust Dr Ballieux. You can now make an appointment with an expert in aesthetic and plastic surgery in Belgium.
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