Breast Reduction Hamburg, Germany
Many women suffer from large and heavy breasts. Often, they have back, shoulder and neck pain. Skin problems or even infections in the breast folds are common and sometimes have to be treated with antibiotics. Large, droopy breasts can also be a psychological burden, because fashionable tight clothes cannot be worn. Especially in the sauna or under the shower in the gym, heavy breasts may reduce your self-esteem and doing sports is very often more difficult as well.
In these cases, skin, fatty and glandular tissue can be removed and the breast reshaped by a breast reduction. Large areolas and the nipples themselves can also be reduced, if they are too large. In addition, the décolleté can be highlighted with an autologous fat transfer.
- Before Your Operation
- Operating Techniques
- Breast Reduction Results With Dr. Sattler
- After Your Operation
- Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Reductions:
- Can a breast reduction be combined with other procedures?
- Can a breast reduction be performed several times?
- How small are my breasts after a breast reduction?
1) Before Your Operation
Dr. Thorsten Sattler will consult and examine you personally before your surgical procedure. Due to the fact that each person is unique, he will create a personal treatment plan for you based on the latest methods and knowledge in Plastic Surgery. He will take photos and will explain the operation to you with the help of drawings and photos. Limitations, possible risks and alternative treatment options will also be discussed.
Before your surgery, it may be useful to perform an ultrasound of the breasts, in some cases a mammography or MRI can also be useful. Dr. Sattler is one of few Plastic Surgeons in Germany with the additional qualification “Breast Surgeon”.
The main goal of a breast reduction is to create smaller, lighter and more compact breasts with a youthful shape. Thus, fashionable clothes can be worn again and orthopedic complaints and skin problems will improve. Sporting activities become easier and the quality of your life will increase.
In order to obtain the best aesthetic result possible, a breast reduction may be combined with other procedures, such as liposuction to the sides of the chest, where some extra fat deposits can be found quite often. Additional liposuction to the abdomen and the waist is recommended for a more harmonious appearance. The harvested fat can be used for an autologous fat transfer, for example to the décolleté.
A well-balanced healthy diet including enough protein is very important for your wound healing. Dr. Sattler is not only a board-certified Plastic Surgeon, but also holds a degree in Nutritional Medicine. He will happily advise you with regard to supplements and healthy diets.
2) Operating Techniques
Only safe and modern surgical methods are used by Dr. Sattler. A breast reduction is performed under general anesthesia, a hospital stay for one night is recommended.
Many different techniques are known to perform a breast reduction. Dr. Sattler will choose the best and safest method for you, depending on your anatomy and your aims and desires.
In a classic breast reduction, the incisions are placed around the areoles and proceed vertically down to the lower breast fold in order to remove excess skin, fat and mammary gland tissue. In very pronounced cases, the excess tissue is folded in a special technique to increase the projection of the breasts.
Sometimes it is necessary to make further incisions along the lower breast folds in order to lift and reduce tissue from the sides of the breasts. Whenever possible, Dr. Sattler tries to hide scars in a way that they can be covered by bras and bikinis.
Dr. Sattler uses an electric scalpel which allows him to operate with extreme precision and with minimum blood loss. The wound is sutured with special absorbable threads and suture removal is not necessary. The wound is sealed with a special skin glue. This creates optimal conditions for wound healing and contamination of the wound by germs of the nearby axilla is prevented. At the end of the operation, the breasts are taped to stabilize the surgical result.
The areoles of heavy breasts are often quite large and distorted. Therefore, the areoles are usually reduced in a breast reduction and can be matched in shape and size. If the nipples are very large, they can also be made smaller.
A breast reduction can be combined with a liposuction to the waist, abdomen and sides of the chest to further optimize the female contours. The harvested fat can be used for an autologous fat transfer to the face, lips or décolleté. With this technique the female curves are more accentuated and facial aging, for example after weight loss, is counteracted.
Because there are many different techniques to perform a breast reduction, Dr. Sattler will choose the best and safest method for you, depending on your anatomy and your aims and desires. He works very carefully in order to obtain a harmonious and youthful body shape with the best aesthetic result possible and with minimal scarring.
3) Breast Reduction Results With Dr. Sattler
By German law, we are not allowed to show you before/after pictures online. However, during your personal consultation with Dr. Thorsten Sattler this will be possible.
4) After Your Operation
A hospital stay for one night is recommended after a breast reduction. A special bra must be worn for several weeks to support the wound healing. After the procedure, physical stress and sport should be avoided for a few weeks. In order to support the wound healing and to obtain the best result possible, you should follow a healthy and balanced diet and you should stay away from alcohol and nicotine, at least until wound healing is completed. A sport bra helps to keep the operated breasts in shape for a long time.
5) Frequently Asked Questions About Breast Reductions:
a) Can a breast reduction be combined with other procedures?
A breast reduction can be combined with a liposuction to achieve the best aesthetic result possible. In particular, fat deposits on the waist, abdomen and the side walls of the chest can be liposucked in order to accentuate the re-shaped breasts. The harvested fat can be used for an autologous fat transfer to the décolleté to accentuate the upper breast pole.
b) Can a breast reduction be performed several times?
Usually, breast reductions can be performed several times. It is advisable to find out, where the deep incisions were placed in the first operation and which blood vessels got sacrificed. Therefore, the old operation note should be brought to the consultation.
If the breasts were already lifted, a breast reduction with further lifting can be performed. In particular, stretched areoles can be tightened again and adjusted in symmetry. Scar corrections of previous interventions are also possible.
An autologous fat transfer to the décolleté can be repeated several times, even after a breast lift or a breast reduction. Asymmetries of the breasts can also be adjusted nicely by an autologous fat transfer.
c) How small are my breasts after a breast reduction?
A breast reduction makes the breasts more compact, smaller and lighter. Also, the total volume of your breasts will decrease, because excess skin, mammary and adipose tissue are removed. The breasts are smaller, but have a better shape and possibly more projection. Together with Dr. Sattler you will definite your target size before your surgery. Please keep in mind that many women with large breasts also have lush curves. For a balanced appearance, it makes no sense to reduce the breasts aggressively, if the abdomen, legs, buttocks and hips are very pronounced. An unbalanced body contour would be the result. However, dramatic reductions of the breasts are possible if this is your aim. Smaller and lighter breasts are a relief for many women. Physical complaints decrease, fashionable tight clothing can be worn again, and sport is easier to perform resulting a better quality of life.