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How Much Is Breast Lift In Kenya

Patients who undergo breast lift surgery in Kenya frequently are seeking help as their breasts started sagging unnaturally (breast ptosis, droopiness). Breast lift usually can solve these problems by improving the size and shape of your breasts. Following breast lift, your breasts will be more proportional to the rest of your body, and clothes will fit you better, and you will see a more natural and youthful projection of your breasts.

In this article we”ll consider non surgical breast lift and breast surgery cost in kenya.

A Breast Lift (Mastopexy) is a cosmetic procedure that elevates the breast by removing excess skin, reshaping it, and contouring the surrounding tissues like a push-up bra. Many women experience deflation of the breasts or a downward movement of the nipple and areola after pregnancy and breastfeeding or after weight loss. A breast lift helps restore the shape of the breasts after these changes.

A breast lift does not change the breast volume. It tightens the tissues around the breast tissue to lift it and contour the breast tissues into a better shape. During your consultation with AJ Plastic Surgery Centre, we will discuss different lift types with their scars.

We will also discuss the difference between breast lift alone vs. breast lift with implants. Patients that are unhappy with a previous breast lift surgery performed by another surgeon, may be interested in a breast revision procedure instead.

How Much Is Breast Lift In Kenya

In your consultation, we will determine what skin incision will be best to accomplish your desired result. We will help diagram the breast lift surgery and show you what your final scars will be. In general, most patients’ scars fade over time resulting in more youthful, better-shaped breasts. Most AJ Plastic Surgery Centre patients are EXTREMELY happy with the results of their mastopexy. It is a joy for us to hear how our patients no longer feel embarrassed when out of their push-up bras.

The breast lift raises and tightens the breast tissue and lifts and reshapes and resizes the nipple and areola. The breast implant will increase volume and fullness. The type of lift and the type of lift scar will depend on your anatomy, especially the degree to which your breasts need to be lifted as well as the implant you choose. As a general rule, the more skin and more lift you need, the longer the scar. Breast lifting is also associated with breast reduction procedures.

These are small pieces of medical-grade silicone that are used to enhance the structure and harmony of the face and provide greater facial contouring.

These are used as a procedure to create volume and reshape the face and body. In addition, Injectable fillers can be used for patients who desire a non-surgical option for popular cosmetic procedures like chin implant and rhinoplasty.

This is a cosmetic procedure that aims to correct deformities or abnormalities of the eyelids.

Summary

  • General anaesthesia
  • Operating time about 2 hours
  • Daycase or hospital stay 1 night
  • Back to work within 1 week
  • Compression support bra for 6 – 12 weeks
  • Full exercise after 4 – 6 weeks

Am I a good candidate for breast lift?

Breast lift can be performed at any age. Commonly you might have experienced a life-long struggle with all the problems associated with oversized breasts, and now you feel it is time to do something about it. Ideally, you should have stabilized your weight.

Sometimes ptotic breasts cause problems from an early age, but we usually recommend waiting with surgery until breast development has been completed.The size and shape of your breasts can change dramatically and unexpectedly during pregnancy and breastfeeding, and they may return to their pre-pregnancy size after you stop breastfeeding. Sometimes the size stays too large to be comfortable, at which stage breast reduction surgery can be performed concurrently with the lift. Nevertheless, many women decide to undergo breast lift before having children.

During the consultation, you will be asked about the results you would like to achieve from your breast lift surgery. This will help us to understand your expectations and determine whether they realistically can be achieved.

You may be a good candidate for breast lift if you have one or more of the following conditions:

  • large hanging breasts with nipples and areolas pointing downward (sagging or breast ptosis)
  • breast asymmetry: one breast is much larger than the other
  • backpain, neck or shoulder discomfort due to the weight of your breasts
  • skin irritation underneath your breasts
  • restriction of physical activity and exercise due to the size and weight of your
  • dissatisfaction or self-consciousness about the sagginess of your breasts

Breast lift – the operation

There are a number of different techniques used to perform a breast lift, depending on the size, amount of ptosis and your expectations of the results. In almost all cases of breast lift, a method is used to reduce the amount of scarring.

The minimal scar breast lift: vertical scar lift

The superomedial or vertical pedicle in breast lift; elevation of the areola; minimal scarring

Circumareolar lift for smaller lifts

Lipofilling or lipotransfer for more cleavage

Using the safest and aesthetically most pleasing method of the vertical lift with superomedial or vertical pedicle, the incisions and subsequent scars will run around your areola, and from there downwards, curving slightly outwards towards the under-breast fold. Using this type of incision, complications such as wound breakdown are reduced greatly. In much larger breasts, it is occasionally necessary to extend the incision into the fold underneath your breast (anchor- or small inverted T- incision).

Dr. Stasch has published a paper on using the scar-sparing breast lift even in very large and very droopy breasts (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20179473).

In all lifts, the nipple-areola complex (NAC) is repositioned upwards to the original position and the breast skin is drawn around the areola to define your new breast contour. Usually in a breast lift, breast tissue does not need to be excised in order to tighten and mold the breast into a new and natural shape. The areola, which in large ptotic breasts usually has been stretched, is also reduced in size. The amount skin removed will depend on the final breast shape that you have agreed with us. We usually recommend a size and shape that will fit the proportions of your body.

After the breast lift – Your recovery

  • You will be admitted on the day of surgery, and your length of stay depends on your recovery. Usually, you will stay in the hospital for a day only or for 1 night.
  • You will have tape dressings applied to stabilize your breasts. A small drain (plastic tube attached to a suction bottle) will have been placed to drain excess wound fluid and blood from each side. The drains will usually be removed after 1 day. Most people do not find breast lift surgery to be painful.
  • On the day following surgery, we will encourage you to mobilize gently. You will also be fitted with a special support bra to gently support your breasts. You will be encouraged to wear this for 6 – 12 weeks following the operation.
  • You will be mobile from day one and should be back to full exercise within six weeks. Stitches will NOT be as they are absorbable. Most people have a few days off work following a breast lift procedure, depending on the type of work you do. It is important in the first 4 weeks to avoid any strenuous activities which can cause stretching to the incisions and disturbance of the new shape.

We will keep a close eye on you after your surgery and would normally see you for your follow-up appointments at regular dressing clinics every 2-3 days, and 3 weeks and then 6 weeks following surgery, at which point your post-operative photographs will be taken.

Results after breast lift

Breast lift often makes a dramatic change in your appearance. Most women feel very pleased with the results of surgery, they often start to exercise again and enjoy new hobbies. Of all plastic surgical procedures, the level of patient satisfaction resulting from breast lift is among the highest. However, your breasts may require some time to assume a more natural shape – this might take as long as 3 months for the final result to become apparent.

A breast lift operation is considered a permanent solution to reshape droopy breasts. Unless you gain or lose a significant amount of weight or become pregnant, your breast size should remain fairly constant. However, gravity and the effects of aging will eventually alter the size and shape of virtually every woman’s breasts over the years. You may choose to undergo a breast „lifting“ procedure to restore their more youthful contour at that stage but this might not be necessary.

The incisions from your breast lift surgery will heal and fade over time. It is important to realize, however, that the incision lines will be permanently visible, more so in some individuals than others. Ideally, the scars will heal well over time and will then be well concealed. Any scar goes through a maturation process, which takes a year to complete.

What complications can occur?

Whilst these operations are generally safe in the hands of a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon and regarded to be highly successful, there are, as with any operation, risks involved and the possibility of complications that patients need to consider.

Finding postoperative pain will vary from person to person, but this is generally not considered as a painful procedure.

Most patients are delighted with the physical and cosmetic improvements that breast lift brings. It is impossible to guarantee that a particular cup size will result. There will be minor asymmetries between your breasts and the scars. Occasionally patients will bleed immediately after the operation and need to go back to the operating room for this to be dealt with. Wound healing problems can occur, particularly in the anchor scar procedure where the horizontal and vertical scars meet. All breast lifts result in some scarring although the nature of the scars will depend on the technique that has been used. Most patients will form good quality scars over time, but occasionally and unpredictably some patients will get lumpy scars that do not improve unless treated. Especially in African skin, hypertrophic or keloid scarring can occur, in which case appropriate treatment will be initiated.

Most wound problems are minor and can be managed with simple dressings. However, more major wound problems can arise such as infections, skin loss, wound separation and delayed healing. Wound problems, if they occur, can delay your recovery and result in worse scarring. You may notice that you feel less sensation in the nipple and areola areas. This usually is temporary. It may, however, take weeks, months or even more than a year before sensation returns to normal. Using the scar-sparing breast lift techniques it will still be possible to breast-feed, but this ability might occasionally be lost.

Smokers are strongly advised to discontinue smoking several weeks prior to surgery and after the operation, as smoking increases the risks of complications and delays wound healing by altering blood circulation in the skin. You can reduce your risks of complications by closely following our instructions before and after the surgery.

Breast lift cost​

The cost of breast lift surgery depends on your circumstances and the technique we will perform.

For more information on breast lift costs, we invite you to book a consultation session with Dr Stasch. During this confidential appointment, we can discover more about what you would like to achieve and find out if breast lift surgery is right for you.

Non Surgical Breast Lift

With breast augmentation surgery being one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery in the world these days, it should come as no surprise that people are looking for an easy, less invasive, way to achieve similar results.

Non-surgical procedures have come a long way since the introduction of things like botox and injectable fillers, with various non-surgical options now available for skin tightening, hair loss treatments, and even fat reduction. However, breast augmentation has always been fairly limited to traditional surgical methods to achieve the results that most people want.

While a breast lift procedure is not the same as receiving breast implants, it still requires surgery in order to contour the breasts and remove excess skin in order to lift the breasts in a way that makes the patient happy.

CAN A BREAST LIFT BE PERFORMED NON-SURGICALLY

As was previously mentioned, technological advancements have made it possible for some non-surgical procedures to be much more effective than they once were. But this does not mean that we’re at the point where CoolSculpting or Thermi-Tight, or things of that nature, will give you the same results that you would get out of a surgical procedure.

When it comes to breast lift procedures, most patients come into the office looking to turn their sagging breasts into perkier, more rounded, breasts, which can’t really be accomplished with non-surgical procedures alone.

In some cases, where the sagging isn’t as severe, things like Thermi-Tight, which uses radio frequencies to help tighten the skin, can provide some benefit to sagging breasts. However, most patients that come through the door don’t just have a minor case of sagging breasts. Most patients are seeing the effects of weight fluctuation, either through pregnancy or lifestyle changes, as well as the effects of aging and gravity.

Once you’re breasts begin to sag and you start to get to the point where you want to correct them, it’s usually too late to see the results you want from a non-surgical procedure.

This doesn’t mean that it’s not possible to get some enhancement from these various types of skin tightening procedures, but in general, most patients that desire a breast lift are going to require a surgical procedure in order to achieve the results they want.

CAN A BREAST LIFT BE DONE WITHOUT SCARS?

One of the biggest reasons that women are looking for non-surgical breast lift options is that they don’t want to deal with scars.

Scars are an unfortunate side effect of any plastic surgery procedure, but skilled surgeons are able to perform these surgeries in a way that minimizes the visibility of these scars. There are ways to hide the scars in the folds of the breast or around the areola so that minimal scarring will be visible only when the breasts are exposed, and scars will be hidden when wearing things like a bikini.

Unfortunately, if a surgical breast lift is required, there are going to be scars. It’s just part of the process. A non-surgical breast lift would, in theory, allow for a breast lift to be performed without any visible scarring, but with the technology where it is right now, this just isn’t possible to the degree that most women need.

If you’re looking to repair or rejuvenate your sagging breasts, you will achieve the optimal results through a surgical breast lift procedure. Non-surgical breast enhancements are available in varying degrees, but cannot replicate what can be done surgically.

Skin tightening, PRP treatments, and collagen-stimulating procedures can definitely help with minor sagging, but will not give you that roundness along the top of the breast that most women are looking for.

If you’re looking into breast lift options, it’s always important to talk with your doctor about what you’re looking to get out of the procedure. Depending on the desired outcome, they can sit down and talk about both surgical and non-surgical options.

Breasts can change shape, size and appearance numerous times through the course of a woman’s life. Age and pregnancy are the common causes of breast droopiness, but breast lift surgery (mastopexy) can effectively treat this complaint. 

However, there are a number of non-surgical breast lift options, which involve no cuts or incisions, meaning you would not need to go under an anesthetic. As a result, recovery time is shorter than it would be after a surgical breast lift, and you can get back to work sooner. Although there are many non-surgical breast lift options out there, it’s important to remember that none of them can compare to the results you’d get from having actual breast tissue removed during surgery.

Cosmetic Surgery

Breast Lift (Mastopexy)

The size of a woman’s breasts is influenced by her genetics, her weight, and her hormones, among other things.

How To Lift Breasts Naturally?

There are a number of treatments that claim to lift breasts naturally.

Chest exercises: Targeted chest exercise is the best way to lift the breasts naturally. Although there is no muscle in the breast itself, the pectoral muscles can be toned which in turn will give the breasts a natural lift. Good exercises to try include push-ups and bench presses. Regular swimming also helps to work out these muscles.

But although chest exercises strengthen and tone the pectoral muscles giving breasts a lift, this will not be as effective as cosmetic surgery in treating drooping breasts.

Dermal fillers: Dermal fillers are quick injectable treatments used to plump out ageing skin that has lost volume as the collagen that previously helped to shape and support it has disappeared. They are mainly used on the face, including the lips and cheeks, and are also an effective treatment for ageing hands.  Some clinics offer dermal fillers as a non-invasive option to lift the breasts. However, due to a lack of long-term studies on their effectiveness, cosmetic fillers aren’t considered go-to treatments for the breasts.

Anti-ageing injectables: Just like dermal fillers, anti-ageing injectables (such as Botox) are injected into the skin, but work by relaxing the muscles under the skin. Some clinics use anti-ageing injectables in the pectoral area to prevent slouching shoulders, which can impact on the appearance of the breasts. But this is not recognised as an effective way to tackle drooping breasts. The results are minor and short-lived, lasting between three and six months. We would not recommend this as a non surgical breast lift option.

Laser treatments: There are certain lasers that can tighten the skin and can help you get a breast lift without surgery. However if a woman requires a significant breast lift, then laser treatment will not be sufficient to achieve any meaningful lift.

Vampire breast lift: This treatment uses platelet-rich plasma from the patient’s own blood. Although it can temporarily lift the bust slightly, it will not treat sagging breasts, and is also not a treatment recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, or women with a history of breast cancer.

Aptos threading: This treatment uses small barbed Aptos threads to pull the skin of the breasts upwards. However just like other noninvasive treatments, it is only a temporary solution to the problem of drooping breasts and is no substitute for breast lift surgery.

Caci bust treatment: Electrical pulses are delivered to the muscles surrounding the breasts, with the intention of toning up the chest muscles, which lifts the breasts as a result, in a similar way to chest exercises. However repeated treatments would be needed in order to see any meaningful result. 

Thermage: Radio waves are used to stimulate collagen production to tighten the skin. This treatment may temporarily help with mild sagging, but women who are experiencing moderate to severe drooping would not see much benefit, if any, from this particular treatment.

Creams, lotions and natural remedies: There are plenty of treatments and remedies on the market which purport to lift the breasts. Some of these can be very expensive. But as many of these are unproven or do not provide noticeable long-term results, the Cadogan Clinic does not recommend investing in a cream, lotion or any other non-surgical solution.

Breast Surgery Cost In Kenya

Generally, choosing an ISAPS certified Plastic Surgeon like Dr Stasch, will be the safest way to give you the results you are looking for. Quality has its price so understanding that this kind of surgery is usually not covered by insurance, you will have to plan carefully to be able to save up the money needed for the procedures you plan to undergo.

We will always give you a full quotation after the consultation with our Specialists. Because of anatomy, individual requirements and additional procedures you might request, final quotes may be different from ballpark figures given below. The figures provided are totals for the surgery and include clinic and theatre fees, implants or special instruments where necessary, materials, compression garments, anaesthetist fees where routinely used, and the surgeon´s fee, as well as all follow up visits and check ups which are usually free of charge.
Certain support wear, antibiotics and other medication, pre-op investigations, treatment of complications, items / services not listed and unforeseen events are not included in the prices. Such items and services, if required, will be additional to the fees. We try to minimize any additional and unforeseen fees as much as possible. Hospital fees might be higher due to extended duration of surgery. Fees do not cover extended stay, intensive care, or additional theatre time as a result of complications during surgery which are extremely rare. The figures apply to primary surgery, in other words you have not had surgery to that particular part before. Revision surgery or secondary surgery is more complex and may carry an additional cost. In general, straight forward revisions will not vary much in cost from the ballpark prices. The prices indicated on the pricelist are intended as a guide only and are in no way binding.  Provided prices which you can request below will be ballpark total figures for primary surgery performed by Dr. Stasch. A final quote for surgery will only ever be provided at consultation.

PAYMENT for Plastic Surgery

A non-refundable deposit of KES 150,000 must be paid when booking your surgery to allow us reserve the slot while full payment for procedures should be made at least 1 week prior to the procedure. Terms and conditions apply. Without exception, all fees for surgery are payable in advance, prior to surgery. Payment is in KES or USD. Accepted forms of payment include online transfer, cash, cheque, credit card and Mpesa.

DISCOUNTS for Plastic Surgery

Combined procedures, for example breast surgery plus liposuction in another area – there will usually be a 20% reduction on the second (less expensive) procedure. Kindly note, we do not offer surgery on credit or payment plans – unless you decide to pay in instalments upfront.. Our focus is on providing specialized care, giving you safety, transparency and a personal follow up after high value surgery at your convenience, not budget surgery. Plastic Surgery at a budget can be dangerous and will often not give you the good results that you are striving for. 

MEDICAL INSURANCE for Plastic Surgery

MEDICAL INSURANCES in Kenya do not cover cosmetic surgery except for cases such as: Gigantomastia (very large breasts), abdominal or umbilical hernia, post bariatric / weight reduction surgery, cancer reconstruction, reconstruction after trauma, breast reconstruction, Hand Surgery, Burns Surgery, Facial acne or Rosacea etc.
Please check with your insurance if you are covered for certain procedures that can be categorized as medical and not cosmetic. We will provide you with a medical report, should our team find during your consult that your case warrants being categorized as medical. This will have to be backed up with special investigations, and sometimes a second opinion from another medical specialist.

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