Mastopexy Augmentation (Breast lift with implant)

A breast lift should lift and tighten the breasts, which may have changed because of breastfeeding and/or weight change or just normal ageing. Those who only have loose breasts often only need a breast lift without reduction or possibly combined with insertion of prostheses.

Breast size and the woman’s desire are important factors in determining whether the combination is appropriate. In case of doubt, a breast lift is performed first, and then a prosthesis is inserted. Breast lift is performed in a similar way to breast reduction but is normally less extensive. Usually only the superficial skin is removed, the nipple is moved, and the glandular tissue is shaped. The scars go around the nipple or around the nipple and down vertically, so the scars are smaller than with breast reduction.

Sometimes there is a need to insert the implant (prosthesis) at the same operation when there is not enough volume in the sagging breast.

The ability to breastfeed is not normally destroyed by the techniques we use. The feeling in the nipple can sometimes be lost or reduced, but it often returns. We usually close the wound with stitches that dissolve on its own. It may be necessary to insert a drain (tube) that removes blood and fluid from the wound area under the skin. These are usually removed after 1-2 days at the first check. The operation does not give grounds for sick leave.

About our implants

Oslo Plastikkirurgi clinic uses the renowned Mentor Memory Gel prostheses. They are available with smooth or textured surface and with moderate to ultra-high profile. You will, in consultation with the surgeon, decide which implant is right for you.

Mentor Memory Gel breast implants feel like natural breast tissue without compromising on reliability or safety.

Mentor has been one of the world’s leading manufacturers of quality implants for over 30 years and has been a trusted choice for millions of women worldwide. Founded in 1969, Mentor Worldwide LLC is a leading manufacturer and supplier of medical products for over 100 countries. Mentor’s activities include research, development, and production at several plants in Europe and the USA.

The prosthesis usually consists of silicone, but there are also other types of prostheses consisting of saline, or a combination with saline and silicone. The exterior of the prosthesis contains silicone. Regarding the shape, the prostheses may be round or drop-shaped, the latter giving in some women a more natural form of breast enlargement.

The implant consists of silicone, but it is also possible to use other type of implants such as saline and a combination of saline and silicone, when the outer part of the implant consists of saline. Your surgeon will explain all the options available to you in detail.

You can read more about Mentor implants here: http://www.breastimplantsbymentor.net/en-EMEA/

You also have choices about shape. You can select a round or anatomical shaped

implant, which look more natural. Sometimes we can combine a breast enlargement with a breast-uplift (Mastopexy), if the breast tissue has sagged. See more information about this procedure on the BREASTLIFT COMBINED WITH BREAST IMPLANT details.

To get the optimal results and avoid complications, we recommend your weight to be as normal as possible. If you are a smoker you must refrain from smoking at least 2 weeks before surgery and 2 weeks after surgery.

Breastfeeding will be possible after surgery and mammography screening. Reports of Silicone implants damaging general health, causing auto-immune disease to have not been scientifically proven despite many international studies being carried out in the past 20 years.

Pick-up and accommodation

If you live some distance from the clinic, we recommend that you spend one night in or near Oslo Plastic Surgery Clinic so that our caring staff are on hand to reassure you should any issue arise, that will cause you concern.

You must agree in advance with a person to pick you up at the clinic approx. 1 hour after the end of the operation, as you cannot drive, take public transport or taxi alone. You should also have someone with you the same day and the first night.

If you live far from the clinic, we recommend that you spend the night in Oslo, either with family / friends or at a hotel.

Hotels near Oslo Plastic Surgery.
-Frogner House Apartments, Bygdøy Allé 53. Website: https://frognerhouse.no (We have an agreement with Frogner House Apartments).

-Hotel Gabel’s Hus in Gabel gate 16. Website; www.nordicchoicehotels.no

During your initial consultation with your surgeon, you will discuss and decide in advance the size, form, and location of the implant you wish to use to achieve your desired result. We will find out what is to be corrected in relation to shape and volume.

This is discussed with your surgeon directly and if desired also one of our nurses. We at Oslo Plastikkirurgi clinic always want to create a safe environment around consultation and examinations.

Furthermore, the breasts are photographed, and we measure important distance measurements to assess the possibility of an implant. You then get to test with a special bra with prostheses in different sizes and shapes. We show several before and after pictures so that you can get a picture of the result. If desired, we can show 3D animation of the result.

Feel free to tell us about this before the consultation so that we can calculate extra time.

In some cases, you can also put the patient’s own fat in addition to the implant to further improve the contour of the breast and increase the volume, which gives a more natural result, so-called hybrid procedure. See own related information in the breast treatment menu.

The scar will normally be positioned under the breast in the natural fall of the breast or around the nipple and is around 3 to 4 cm long. Your incision is closed with dissolvable sutures which mean that we do not have to remove stitches. Normally we do not insert drain after the surgery. In some rare cases we use drains to discharge fluid build-up from the cavity around the implant and then removed the following day.

Implant insertion methods

The first method; a pocket is prepared under the mammary gland, another method is under the pectoral muscle, and a third and often better alternative is to place the implant under the membrane of the pectoral muscle. We then protect the implant with the fascia itself (the strong membrane around the muscle) and at the same time avoid using the muscle itself.

A silicone prosthesis is inserted into the pocket of a size and type that has been chosen in collaboration with the patient before the operation. The scar is placed either under the breast (most commonly) so called sub mammary fold, around the nipple or at the armpit. Ripples (wrinkles) of the skin could be avoided if the implant is placed under the muscle or under the fascia. The choice is based on what suits the patient’s anatomy and will give the best aesthetic result.

The surgery does not give right to a sick leave. You should restrain with physical training for at least 4 weeks after surgery. In the beginning the scar will be red, itchy, and hard. In time it will lighten and soften. The scar can be hidden under a bra or a bathing-suit and will not be visible when wearing low neck clothes. We recommend you tape the scars for a couple of months after surgery.

Pre-Operation preparations

To get optimal results and avoid complications

Avoid stress, stay out of the sun, eat healthily, keep your weight within a normal BMI range, exercise regularly, and refrain from alcohol for 2 days prior to surgery and 2 weeks after surgery. Please refrain from smoking/snoozing for at least 2 weeks before surgery and a minimum of 2 weeks after surgery as smoking can interfere with the result.

Before surgery

You must ensure your personal health on the day of surgery. Please contact us as soon as possible if you are in doubt, as we may have to postpone your surgery therefore saving you a journey to our clinic.

Prior to surgery you will have received a prescription for antibiotics, pain killers and Hibiscrub 40 mg/ml which are all available from your local pharmacy. The day before surgery you must shower using the Hibiscrub and again on the day of the procedure immediately before surgery. Use a clean towel for drying and put on clean clothes when you leave home and change the sheets on your bed.

YOU MUST NOT EAT ANYTHING 6 HOURS BEFORE SURGERY, but you may drink water and light juice (not milk) and chew gum up to 4 hours prior to your surgery. You may take necessary medication/s with a sip of water on the morning of the operation.

Please decide for an adult friend to pick you up after surgery, as you will not be able to drive or take a cab alone. We also advise you to have a responsible adult person staying with you during the first 24 hours.

Taking medications prior to surgery:

It is very important that you stop using the following medications 2 weeks before surgery: Acetylsalisyre, Albyl, Albyl-E and other medications that cause extended bleeding as Ibux, Alka-Seltzer, Antineuralgica, Asacol, Artrizin Alka, Brufen, Butazolidin Alka, Codacetyl, Confortid, Dispril, Dispril med kodein, Doloxene Forte, Denobid, Felden, Fenylbutazon, Gamaquil Comp, Globentyl, Globoid, Indocin, Kodein-Magnyl, Kodifen, Licyl, Magnyl, Magnyl-Koffein, Mundisal, Napren, Naprosyn, Novid, Novid with koffein, Paraflex Comp., Tanderil, Vitamin E, and Selen, Tricycliske antidepressiva.

We also recommend you omit Garlic, evening primrose oil, Gingko Bilabo, Aspirin and any drug containing blood thinners.

The above products are known blood thinners therefore not beneficial when you are having surgery.

For Marivan we have individual arrangement. Please request this information on your consultation.

Day of Surgery

After a final discussion with your surgeon the planning process will begin. You will be photographed, and markings will be made on your surgical areas. At this stage you will have time and the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have forgotten so that your surgeon can reassure you that he fully understands your goals and expectations.

You will be introduced to your anesthetist (who will be happy to discuss any fears or issues you have regarding your anesthetization). You will also meet your theatre nurse.

The sedation which you are given in your arm is a quick and painless procedure and you will fall asleep very quickly.

You should be ready to go home within 1 hour following surgery and remember to arrange for someone to pick you up. You should have adult company with you for the next 24 hours to assist you with general tasks, so that you can relax and take it relatively easy.

We will provide you with the cell phone numbers to call us should you feel the need, but this is very rare. We just need to reassure you that we are there for you 24 hours a day.

After Surgery

We will require you to come to the clinic for a follow up check. WITH ALL SURGERY THIS IS IMPORTANT AS YOUR SURGEON NEEDS TO SEE HOW YOU ARE SETTLING.

We do not recommend you fly for 48 hours post-surgery. You may feel nauseous and tired in the hours following surgery. It is important to take your painkillers and drink enough fluids.

We close the wound with stitches that dissolve on their own. We do not usually insert the drain (tube), only in very few cases is it inserted to remove blood and fluid from the wound area under the chest. These are usually removed at the clinic 1-2 days after the operation.

You may experience dizziness if you get up quickly from a chair or perhaps when you are lying in bed, so be sensible, take it easy and move slowly. This is quite normal following surgery and should pass within a couple of days.

The first 2-5 days following your breast surgery you may feel stiff and sore in the chest region. You should be calm and lie as still as possible, with your upper body raised. For the next five days, you can move gently. If you have an active job, it is a good idea to stay home. After the operation, you get a special bandage that is removed after 2 days, the tape is kept on for 2 weeks. You will be required to wear a sports bra for approximately 6 weeks after surgery day and night and 6 more week at daytime. Your breasts may feel tight and sensitive to the touch and your skin may feel warm or itchy.

After the tape is removed (after 2 weeks) you can shower the area and put on new tape. It is recommended that you tape the scars with skin-friendly tape for at least 2 months. Surgical tape such as Micropore or Steri-Strip can be bought at the pharmacy, alternatively silicone tape.

Follow ups will be carried out at the clinic/alternatively through phone or video consultation:

1 day after surgery, after 1-2 weeks, after 3-6 months and finally after 1 year when our guarantee to you is completed.

Bleeding and infection are unusual and if they do occur, they may need to be treated with a small operation and/or an antibiotic.  Asymmetry, incorrectly placed implants, or the formation of hard capsules” capsular contracture” can also occur. If corrections are needed, they will be scheduled free of charge within one year after your surgery. Anesthesia allergy is extremely rare.

If correction is necessary due to complications or unsatisfactory results, this is done free of charge within one year, if there is a medical indication and a clear potential for improvement. This is our warranty period.

Heavy physical exercise and strenuous body movement or lifting must not be undertaken for a minimum of 4 weeks following the surgery.

The results will emerge between 3 to 6 months following surgery.

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Dr. Amin Kalaaji

The responsible physician is Dr. Amin Kalaaji, senior physician MD, specialist in plastic surgery and head of clinic at Oslo Plastic Surgery, and head of the Norwegian Association for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (NFEP) 2018-2020.

Dr. Kalaaji holds many positions and gives lectures and training around the world. This benefits all our patients as he is always up to date on the latest and most advanced treatments and surgical techniques.

Patient safety, high quality and individual treatment always weigh the most at Oslo Plastic Surgery.


Oslo Plastikkirurgi answers here frequently asked questions, and we hope that this will give you good information. We want to be helpful in the process before an operation. If you have more questions, just write or call us.

For those who have sagging breasts.

When you want bigger breasts and change shape.

When you have lost volume in your breasts

In case of volume difference on the breasts/breast asymmetry

All patients must have a consultation before the operation. The consultation is conducted by our experienced plastic surgeon who will confer with you and your medical condition and motivation for surgery. An examination is then performed, and the surgeon assesses a possible operation.

If you are suitable for the procedure, you will receive information about the procedure, precautions for the time before and after the procedure, and you will receive answers to your questions. We then photograph the breasts and take important distance measurements to assess the need for an implant. You then get to test a special bra prosthesis, both sizes and shapes. We show several before and after pictures and if desired we can make 3D animation of the result. Feel free to tell us about this before the consultation so that we can calculate well in time.

In a consultation you get a prescription for antibiotics, possibly painkillers and Hibiscrub solution 40 mg / ml which you can buy at the pharmacy.

You must be healthy on the day of surgery. If you are in doubt about whether you have a cold or the like, you must contact us. The operation is not performed when you have the flu and / or fever or cough or other infection in the body. Our staff will receive you and together complete you for the operation, the surgeon looks at you before the procedure and draws up the planned procedure, as well as answers your questions. Anesthesia staff also come to greet you and answer your questions. After the operation, you will be served food and plenty of drinks in the form of bread, yoghurt, and juice (tell us if you want another diet / have allergies).

In Norway, it is not allowed to show before and after pictures from cosmetic procedures during marketing or on the clinic’s website. However, we can show great pictures from previous patients when you come for a consultation with the surgeon. This can be very helpful when choosing the shape and size of the implant, and it can make it easier for you to imagine a result. We do not send photos.

The scars go around the nipple and vertically down and thus the scars are smaller with a breast lift than with a breast reduction. You will not get the so-called anchor-shaped scar. The scars are often red, itchy, and hard at first, but with time they fade and soften. However, the scars are hidden by bras or bathing suits, and will not be visible in low-cut dresses. In rare cases, the scars become wide and clearly visible as this depends on the patient’s own inherited characteristics.

We recommend that you tape the scars for a couple of months after the breast lift. If scar correction will be able to improve conditions, this is done for up to one year after the breast lift.

You can combine a breast lift with other interventions. Sometimes there is a need to insert prostheses during a breast lift operation when there is not enough volume in the sagging breasts, possibly fat transplantation. This is clarified in advance during a thorough consultation where the remaining breast volume and your wishes are taken into account.

Some pain may occur immediately after the operation, so it is important that you take painkillers as agreed. Discomfort and possible pain will normally last 2-3 days after the operation.
How long does it hurt after the procedure?

Some pain may occur immediately after the operation, so it is important that you take painkillers as agreed. Discomfort and possible pain will normally last 2-3 days after the operation.

After the operation, you get a special bandage which is removed after 3 days, the tape is kept on for 2 weeks. You must wear a sports bra for 6 weeks after the bandage is removed. After the tape is removed (after 2 weeks), you can shower and apply new tape. It is recommended that you tape the scars with surgical tape for 2 months of the type Micropore or Steri-Strips.

For the first 2 days, you must rest and lie as still as possible, with your upper body elevated. For the next 5 days, you can walk upstairs carefully. Physical training and hard physical work should be delayed for approx. 4 weeks after breast lift.

You can very well become pregnant after such an operation. Breast lift does not affect the ability to breastfeed with the techniques we use. You will be informed about this at the consultation with our surgeon prior to the operation.

We have a 1-year warranty. If correction is necessary due to complications or unsatisfactory results, this is done free of charge within one year if there is a medical indication and a clear potential for improvement. This is our one-year warranty agreement.