FAQ Breast:
Here you will find answers
to the most frequently asked questions

Do breast implants last a lifetime?

Breast implants generally have a limited lifespan, although the newer generation of implants made from high-quality materials are theoretically designed to last forever. We cannot say with certainty how long the implants currently used by individual manufacturers will last.
All relevant data will not be recorded in the nationwide implant register until mid-2024
Note: We could possibly SEO-link the relevant information from the Federal Ministry of Health here? We could also create an extra FAQ on this: “What is the implant register and the recording of breast implants all about?” or something similar.
Reasons for replacing breast implants can include wear and tear, ruptures (implants could burst or leak), physical changes due to e.g. weight changes, pregnancy or natural signs of ageing as well as complications such as capsular fibrosis or dissatisfaction with shape and size. In addition, technological advances in implant development could incentivise patients to replace their existing implants with more modern, improved models in a repeat breast operation.
In any case, regular medical examinations are important to monitor the condition of the implants and take action if necessary.

Why don't the results of breast surgery last forever?

The sustainability of the results of breast surgery depends largely on the elasticity of the skin and soft tissue mantle of the breast. It is important to note that the quality of the patient’s own tissue cannot be changed by surgery. A sagging skin and soft tissue mantle can develop in various ways, be it due to genetic predisposition, rapid breast growth during puberty, weight fluctuations, high breast weight, lack of bra support, breast implants that are too large and heavy or due to the natural ageing process.
It is therefore important that patients develop realistic expectations regarding the possible improvements that breast surgery can bring. The extent to which the initial findings can be positively influenced can only be predicted on the basis of experience.
For example, the tissue should not be overstretched with breast implants that are too large, as this significantly reduces the quality of the tissue over the years and often leads to multiple follow-up procedures in order to artificially achieve a visually firm effect.
The larger and heavier the breast implants are and the looser the skin-soft tissue mantle is, the higher the risk of the implants slipping downwards (so-called “bottoming out”).

What is meant by a "double inner bra"?

If a breast implant is placed under the muscle and a breast lift is also performed with the body’s own tissue for support (so-called “augmentation mastopexy”), we speak of a “double inner bra”.

How does the cost of a breast lift or breast reduction with an internal bra compare to other breast lift or breast reduction procedures?

The cost of a breast lift or breast reduction using the “inner bra” technique may vary compared to other methods. The “inner bra” techniques used as part of a breast lift or breast reduction are sometimes more expensive and may be added to the standard price for a breast lift and/or breast reduction.
If patients suffer from significant weight loss with loss of shape and sagging of the breast in combination with tissue sagging of the lateral chest wall, for example, we offer a special surgical technique. This involves not only tightening the lateral breast wall in the same breast operation, but also using the tissue thus obtained to rebuild, tighten and reshape the breast at the same time. This surgical technique is much more sustainable than a standard breast lift, but is also more complex and expensive.

How does the cost of breast augmentation with an internal bra differ from other breast augmentation methods?

Breast augmentation using the “inner bra” technique is a standard method at our clinic that does not involve any additional surgical costs. The operation time may be longer. However, it is important to note that this technique is not applicable or appropriate for all patients.

For whom is the "inner bra" technique suitable for a breast lift and breast reduction?

The use of an “internal bra” during breast surgery is particularly suitable for patients who have sagging skin and soft tissue. This can be genetic or caused by pregnancy, breastfeeding, previous breast implants, significant weight loss or the natural ageing process.
The looser the tissue is before breast surgery, the less stable the surgical result will be, as the breast may sag again due to gravity. In some cases, it may be necessary to tighten the breast at a later date. In general, it should be noted that breast surgery cannot fundamentally improve the quality of the tissue.
In order to achieve the most sustainable result possible for these patients, it can be useful to use the body’s own tissue to form a supportive “inner bra”. The Wolff&Edusei Practice Clinic uses various individualised surgical techniques for this purpose.
The “inner bra” can also be used to make the breast more beautiful and firmer without the need for a breast implant, which is known as “auto-augmentation”.

For whom is the "inner bra" technique suitable for breast augmentation?

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The use of the “inner bra” technique for breast augmentation is particularly beneficial for very slim patients who generally have less skin and tissue coverage. In addition, this method appears to be associated with a statistically lower rate of capsular fibrosis (thickening and hardening of the tissue around breast implants) overall.

What are the advantages of using an "inner bra" for breast augmentation?

By creating an implant site that is surrounded by the four pectoral muscles, the edges of the breast implant become less visible and noticeable, especially in very slim patients. It also reduces the risk of the implant sagging downwards after the operation, which is known as “bottoming out”.

What is "breast augmentation with an internal bra" and how does it work?

In a breast augmentation with an “internal bra”, the implant can be placed either under the mammary gland or under the pectoralis major muscle. If the implant is placed under the muscle, the pectoral muscles act as a kind of “inner bra” that surrounds and supports the implant site.

What is an "inner bra"?

The term “internal bra” is a marketing term that summarises several modern surgical techniques. The underlying idea is that the surgeon uses part of the breast tissue to create a permanently supportive “inner bra” from the body’s own tissue, similar to an outer bra.
The shaping of an inner bra can be used in various procedures such as breast augmentation, breast reduction and breast lift.

Are the results of surgical correction of tubular breast deformity permanent?

The results of surgical procedures to correct tubular breast deformity can be long-lasting. Of course, they are subject to the natural ageing process and other factors (e.g. individual circumstances, pregnancies, health factors). For optimal results, it is also important to follow the surgeon’s recommendations for aftercare and care of the breasts.

When is the best time to correct a tube breast?

The best time to correct a tube breast is after the completion of breast development at the earliest, typically after the completion of puberty. This allows for a better assessment of the anatomical conditions. In any case, an individual consultation with experienced specialists is crucial to determine the optimal time for breast surgery and to recommend the most appropriate method for correcting the tubular breast deformity.

Can a tubular breast deformity be corrected surgically?

Yes, a tubular breast deformity can be corrected by surgery. The choice of the best surgical method depends on the individual characteristics of the tubular breast. Breast surgery with breast implants, breast augmentation with autologous fat, a breast lift or a combination of these surgical techniques can be used to treat the tubular breast deformity. Our specialists for plastic and aesthetic surgery, Dr Andrea Wolff and Dr Isabel Edusei, will be happy to advise you personally and discreetly about the treatment options for tubular breast deformity. You can conveniently book your consultation appointment for this online.

What are the causes of a tubular breast deformity?

The causes of a tubular breast deformity lie in a genetic disorder in which the connective tissue of the breast restricts the normal development of the mammary gland. This results in the mammary gland not being able to fully develop in the lower area, while the upper area is often normally developed. In some cases, all four quadrants of the breast are affected. This insufficient development of the breast tissue is due to stuck structures in the connective tissue. During fetal development, the sprouting, growth and spread of the mammary ducts (milk ducts) does not occur properly into the lower parts of the breast, which later leads to inhibition of breast growth during puberty. The resulting upper glandular volume cannot be adequately maintained and bulges forward through the areola. In addition, reinforced ligamentous structures inside the breast may deficiently inhibit skin development, which also promotes tubular breast deformity.

What does a tubular breast look like? What are the characteristics of a tubular breast deformity?

Tubular breasts can be characterised by several features, including a narrow base, a pointed or conical shape of the breast, an excessively high inframammary fold, large areolae and a large space between the breasts. These features can vary and occur to different degrees.

What is a tubular breast deformity?

A tubular breast deformity is a congenital or early developmental breast abnormality that, unlike other breast malformations, occurs only in females. In medical terminology, the term “tubular breast” refers to a congenital maldevelopment or malformation of the female breast that may be unilateral or bilateral and may vary in degree. Typically, the breasts in a tubular breast deformity are elongated and have a conical or tubular shape that deviates from the familiar breast shape. It is therefore also called a tubular breast, trunk breast or cone breast.

When can I go back to the solarium after breast surgery?

In the first 3 months after breast surgery (breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, breast adjustment, nipple correction, etc.), intensive UV radiation and thus visits to the solarium should be avoided.
Similar to direct and excessive sun exposure, the UV radiation of the solarium could lead to hyperpigmentation or discoloration of the affected scar area. Moreover, the heat in the solarium may cause swelling in the scar area. Even after the recommended 3 months of abstaining from direct sun and UV radiation after breast surgery (breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, breast adjustment, nipple correction, etc.), it is advisable to continue to ensure sufficient sun protection in the form of sunscreen with a high sun protection factor.

When can I go to the sauna again after breast surgery?

During the first 3 months after breast surgery (breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, breast augmentation, nipple correction, etc.), you should refrain from visiting the sauna.
The heat in the sauna could cause swelling in the scar region, leading to complications or a prolonged healing process. It could also trigger infections. For the same reasons, a visit to the steam bath or spa should also be avoided in the first 3 months after breast surgery (breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, breast adjustment, nipple correction, etc.).

When can I go out in the sun again after breast surgery?

During the first 3 months after breast surgery (breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, breast adjustment, nipple correction, etc.), extensive sunbathing or intense UV radiation should be avoided.
In general, it is not advisable to expose the skin to the sun without protection, as this could accelerate the aging process of the skin, promote wrinkling and cause skin cancer. Even greater caution should be exercised with fresh scar tissue, as excessive UV radiation could cause hyperpigmentation or discoloration of the affected area. Even after the recommended period of rest of 3 months after a plastic-aesthetic procedure on the breast (breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, breast adjustment, nipple correction, etc.), the affected skin should not be directly exposed to the sun, i.e. sufficient sun protection in the form of sun cream with a high sun protection factor is still recommended. It is important that the sunscreen is also renewed regularly.

Which incisions can be used for breast augmentation with implants?

In a breast augmentation with implants, various different approaches can be selected. Not every kind of incision is suitable or feasible for every patient.
The incision currently in most common use is the one made in the inframammary fold (inframammary, submammary). This affords a very good overview of the site of the operation, especially in corrective surgery, and enables the glandular breast tissue to be conserved to a very large extent while the implant is being positioned in the breast. This is advantageous, both in terms of the general healing process and in terms of the patient’s subsequent ability to breastfeed. Ideally, moreover, the incision can be located in what will be the inframammary fold after the operation, so that the scar will hardly be visible at all. This type of incision for breast augmentation is mostly recommended for women with a small areola too.
Furthermore, the incision can be made in the vicinity of the nipple (periareolar). Especially if the patient has a breast deformity or a tubular breast, or if the inframammary fold is not clearly recognisable, perioareolar incision may make good sense for a breast augmentation with implants. In such cases, the incision is made in a semicircle and, ideally, exactly at the transition between the areola and the skin of the breast. Using this method, the nipple can also be lifted annularly and reduced in size.
If a breast lift is also planned alongside the augmentation, the implant can ideally be inserted near ​​the incision made for the (simultaneous) lifting operation.
There is also the possibility of making an armpit incision (axillary). For a variety of reasons, however, this kind of incision is not used in breast augmentations with implants at the practice clinic for plastic and aesthetic surgery Wolff & Edusei, for which reason there is no need for further explanation here.

How can I prepare for my breast operation?

If you’ve decided on a breast augmentation at our specialist practice for plastic and aesthetic surgery in Berlin, you’ll be given a checklist by our clinic staff to help you prepare for it. Go through this list again thoroughly and conscientiously in the period leading up to your breast operation. Items on the agenda might for example include: Have the results of my ultrasound examinations been handed in at the practice? Have I contacted the anaesthetist? Is there enough pain medication available in my home medicine box?
You will also need to pack your operation bag. If you’re likely to be looked after in our practice clinic for more than just a day or two after your breast operation, we recommend you to pack a toiletries bag, household medication if any, slippers / flip-flops to slip into and a pair of tracksuit trousers, a change of underwear, some warm socks, a cardigan and your valuables, e.g. mobile phone.
Please also make absolutely sure that you have your operation folder with you on the day!
Given that you and your body will need sufficient time to recover after your breast augmentation, it is advisable, ahead of the event, to organise the household and make sure the children are going to be looked after in such a way that you can come home relaxed and with a clear conscience. A well stocked fridge or someone who can do the shopping for you is also recommended.
On the day before your breast operation you should give your armpits a thorough shave. On the day itself, do not wear any jewellery – if applicable, replace piercings with temporary silicone substitutes – or make-up.

Breast augmentation - the first days after ...

One of the most frequently performed cosmetic operations is breast augmentation. The surgical procedures and products used at the practice clinic Wolff & Edusei meet the highest and most modern standards. However, given that breast surgery, inclusive of anaesthesia, is still a surgical intervention on your body, you should make sure that you have sufficient time to recover and relax after it. That also means that all movements should at first be made slowly and thoughtfully. Among other things, that means not moving your arms above shoulder height, subjecting your trunk to as little strain as possible, and sleeping on your back. Having said that, it’s important to get moving again on the day of the operation, and you should not under any circumstances adopt a cramped relief posture. After breast surgery the patient can shower from the midriff downwards right away on a daily basis. All the areas above that should just be given a quicker, more superficial wash. Apart from that, a compression bra and possibly also a compression bandage known as a ‘Stuttgarter Gürtel’ should be worn after a breast augmentation. Our specialists in plastic and aesthetic surgery Dr. Andrea Wolff and Dr. Isabel Edusei will give you personal and individual advice on that anyway. Even if there is no really dramatic pain to be expected after a breast operation, the way people perceive pain is a very individual matter. So we will give you some pain medication whatever happens, and you should take it in accordance with a carefully prepared therapy plan.
The first check-up takes place more or less straight away, on the first day after the operation, and the bandage will be changed for the first time. There will then be further check-ups and further changes of the bandage at regular intervals.

How soon after weaning is a breast augmentation possible?

Pregnancy and breastfeeding are associated with great joy, but also with significant changes in the female body. As a rule, the size of the breasts also increases significantly in the first three months of pregnancy. And the female breast produces milk as from the 22nd week. Directly before the birth everything is geared to breastfeeding – the breasts feel heavy, may be as much as 1.5 times their original size, and the nipples are usually larger and darker. After the birth of your child, your breasts will feel heavy and full too. Although you will still be able to breastfeed, your breasts will begin to lose fatty tissue quite markedly as from about 6 months after the birth. After weaning there should be at least 3 months until your first appointment at our practice for plastic and aesthetic surgery, because it is not until then that your breasts will have returned to the size they were before the baby was born. We recommend that the actual breast operation itself should not be performed until 6 months after weaning at the earliest, since the weaning and post-weaning processes are as a rule accompanied by hormonal changes and other changes in weight.

How soon after pregnancy is a breast augmentation possible?

During pregnancy, confinement and – if applicable – breastfeeding, your breasts will pass through various different stages, first gaining in volume and size, and then losing fatty tissue and decreasing in size again. So after pregnancy and breastfeeding, the shape and volume of the female breast may have changed markedly and that may greatly impair your self-assurance and the quality of your life. If you have decided in favour of a breast augmentation or other breast surgery, we recommend you not to come to our practice until after about 6 months after the birth of your child. The actual breast operation itself should not take place until at least 9 months after the birth. It is also important for the weaning process to have come to a complete end. See also the question “How soon after weaning is a breast augmentation possible?” For an optimum breast augmentation result, moreover, it will be an advantage if you have got back to the weight you felt happy with before the birth of your child.

How long will I be off sick after a breast augmentation?

Since a breast augmentation is, as a rule, a so-called beauty operation and thus not a medically indicated intervention, the costs will in most cases not be covered by your health insurance provider, nor will it be possible for you to be certified unfit for work. However, as with any other operation, your body will require sufficient time to regenerate after a breast augmentation. Depending on how much pressure you are under in your job or your private life – for example if there are young children in the family – you should plan for at least 2 weeks of absolute convalescence. If your work involves a lot of physical strain (e.g. caring or catering), you should plan for a considerably longer period of leave, at least for special activities. Our specialists in plastic and aesthetic surgery, Dr. Andrea Wolff and Dr. Isabel Edusei, and their staff at the practice, will be glad to advise you face to face as to how much recovery time is advisable in your own individual case.

What do I need to take with me to the practice clinic Wolff & Edusei for my breast operation?

On the day of your breast operation, please be sure to bring your operation folder with all the most important documents to our practice clinic. We also recommend you to bring an operation bag with your toiletries, comfortable shoes you can just slip into (slippers, flip-flops or similar), some comfortable things to wear (tracksuit trousers, cardigan, change of underwear, warm socks) and your mobile phone.
See also: “How can I prepare for my breast operation?”

Will I have to wear a chest strap after a breast augmentation?

In certain cases of breast surgery, a chest strap or so-called ‘Stuttgarter Gürtel’ may help in the healing process. A Stuttgarter Gürtel is an elastic, stabilising bandage worn round the ribcage but, unlike a normal bra, in the upper region. After a breast augmentation with implants, the Stuttgarter Gürtel can help to ensure that the implants are held in their pockets and do not rotate or slide upward. Apart from that, the chest strap can help to relieve pain by the compressing effect that it has. As a rule, it can be discarded some 6 weeks after the operation.

How long do I need to take it easy after a breast augmentation?

As after any other surgical operation, your body will need a certain period of rest after a breast augmentation so that the wounds can heal and an optimum result can be achieved. Given that a breast operation is often a so-called beauty operation, i.e. one that is not medically indicated, patients do not usually qualify to be certified unfit for work by their health insurance provider. So at least two weeks’ holiday should be planned after breast surgery. Altogether, you should take things easy in the first 6-12 weeks after a breast augmentation with autologous fat, and even more so after a breast augmentation with implants, refraining from strenuous work and heavy lifting. Six weeks after the operation, a six-week build-up begins, in which you can demand a little bit more of your body and the results of the operation begin to show. About 3 months after a breast augmentation with implants or autologous fat, the healing process should have progressed to the point where your body can function at full capacity again. Please note that the periods quoted here are average periods. Our specialists in plastic and aesthetic surgery and our practice team will be happy to advise you on an individual basis and will be available to answer any questions at all times.

How long should I refrain from sport after a breast augmentation?

After a surgical breast augmentation, your body needs enough time for the inner and outer wounds to heal in the best possible way. For example, it is very important to refrain from sport in the first 3 weeks after breast surgery. When you have talked to our specialists in plastic and aesthetic surgery after 3 weeks, you’ll be able to do some gentle leg exercises without any vibration or tensing of the trunk muscles. In addition, it is generally advisable to take it easy physically in the first 6 weeks after breast surgery and not to do any heavy lifting, so as to avoid disturbing the healing process and possibly having a negative influence on the result of the operation. After about 6 weeks, you can begin a build-up phase with some light training, which can be increased step by step depending on your symptoms. Swimming is mostly all right some 8 weeks after a breast augmentation, and jogging as from about 10 weeks. 3 months after a breast augmentation, as a rule, the healing process should have progressed to the extent that your body can cope with a full load again. From then on, very strenuous sports such as weight training, climbing, rowing and boxing will be possible. Whatever happens, you should wear a supportive sports bra that fits well for all kinds of sport. It goes without saying that our specialists in plastic and aesthetic surgery, Dr. Andrea Wolff and Dr. Isabel Edusei, and the practice team, will advise you personally and individually at all times on the treatment and healing process following your breast operation.

Why must I not lift anything heavy after a breast augmentation?

After breast surgery, you must refrain from doing any heavy lifting for approx. 12 weeks so as not to disturb the healing process. Sudden or unfavourable movements may cause painful injuries and complications, disturbing the way the wounds heal or the way the scars form. After a breast augmentation with implants, heavy lifting and the tensing of the trunk muscles associated with it could lead to a shifting of the newly inserted breast implants and thus have a long-term negative effect on the result of the operation.

What kind of bra can I wear after a breast augmentation with autologous fat?

After a breast augmentation with autologous fat, a bra which fits well and gives you gentle support while not squeezing too much is recommended. That way, the healing process in the breast tissue and the growth of the transplanted fatty tissue can be given optimum support without having pressure exerted or the blood flow in the area disturbed by a bra that cuts in or constricts. You should thus refrain from wearing a sports bra, underwired bra or compression bra in the first 6 weeks after breast augmentation with autologous fat.
As an alternative to a bra, your surgeon can fit you with a medical compression bandage directly after your breast augmentation with autologous fat, and that can then be changed at regular intervals. One advantage of such a bandage is that you can keep it on when you’re showering.

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