Clinique du Lac » Your questions
Q : Correction of mammary ptosis (drooping breasts)
R : The breast lift operation is performed on an outpatient basis, which means that you are admitted to the clinic in the morning and you return home at the end of the afternoon.
During your first consultation the surgeon will examine you to determine the extent of the cutaneous slackening of the breasts. He can then determine the surgical technique to be adopted to achieve the best possible result. At the end of this first appointment he will send you a detailed estimate of the cost of the operation.
The operation will be performed at least 15 days after the first appointment, which constitutes the statutory cooling-off period. After the operation the surgeon will arrange with you check-up visits in the first year.
The price of the mammary ptosis correction operation is up to 4500 Euros, depending on the operating procedures adopted.
The price includes:
–> The fees of the clinic.
–> The fees of the surgeon.
–> The breast implants.
–> The postoperative follow-up lasting a year.
Q : is the cost of a rhinoplasty reimbursed?
R : no, it is a cosmetic procedure, unless the deformation is the consequence of a trauma.
Q : can the result be simulated on a computer?
R : this is not desirable because the computer cannot reproduce the surgical procedure and the healing processes.
Q : is it really possible to remove the bags without a scar?
R : when the bags under the lower eyelids are isolated, without excess skin, the incision may be conjunctival to the inside of the eyelid and the scar will be invisible.
Q : can a lift be performed without altering the facial features?
R : only the mask lift, an operation which is rarely performed at depth in contact with the bone, will alter the facial features. The sub-adipose cervico-facial lift respects the features of the face.
Q : at what age can a lift be performed?
R : There is really no particular age at which a lift can be performed; it depends mainly on how early ageing begins and the desire of the patients to regain their freshness.
Q : where can the graft be taken from?
R : the stomach, the thighs or hips, and from the knees, as in the case of liposuction.
Q : how long does the graft remain?
R : The graft remains for a long time, even permanently.
Q : my stomach is fat, with a skin fold, will I be reimbursed?
R : Cover for this is possible if the stomach skin partially or totally covers the pubic area, or if a hernia of the muscular wall is present. In these cases the surgeon will draw up a prior agreement which will be addressed to the medical insurance company. You will be called in by the medical adviser, who will examine you.
Q : are these what are called barbed sutures or gold sutures?
R : no, these having to do with this operation. They are cone suspension sutures which have been used in reconstructive and cosmetic surgery in the United States for over 7 years. The gold sutures are ineffective and the barbed sutures are responsible for tears.
Q : do I have to lose weight before the operation?
R : it is preferable not to be too overweight. If you are still a little overweight and there are large areas of fat such as on the stomach and hips, for example, liposuction is performed which will eliminate these unsightly bulges and allow the patient to slim more easily.
Q : does it hurt?
R : As a comparison the fitting of a dental implant is much less painful than a tooth extraction.
Q : when can sexual intercourse resume after the surgery?
R : around 3 weeks of sexual abstinence must be observed.
Q : what product do you use?
R : Restylane from laboratoires Q Med has proved satisfactory for a number of years.
Q : can I have microdermabrasion and photorejuvenation done?
R : Microdermabrasion is often performed as a supplement, even a potentialiser for photorejuvenation. By eliminating the cellular debris and rendering the layer of tissue uniform, microdermabrasion allows a more uniform penetration of the light energy.
Q : do I really have to prepare my skin beforehand?
R : preparation of the skin by applying suitable creams beforehand is essential for the safety and outcome of the treatment.
Q : do I have to undergo frequent treatment?
R : Every four to six months. Regular treatment is recommended in order to preserve the effect obtained.
Q : is this treatment covered by my insurance?
R : no, it is a cosmetic indication. Only an angioma would justify reimbursement.
Q : how many sessions are necessary?
R : this varies according to your hair distribution, the area concerned, the texture and colour of your hair and the colour of your skin. The answers to these questions will be given during the prior interview.
Q : is it possible to be operated on discretely without staying the night?
R : most cosmetic surgery operations can be performed in the outpatient department. The surgeon will establish this during the consultation. But the consequences are not always discrete (bruises, swelling).
Q : is it possible to pay in instalments?
R : cosmetic surgery is not a business and because the clinic is subject to the rules of deontology it does not offer any payment facilities. You must examine any credit problem you have with your bank.
Q : is the cost of the consultation deducted from that of the operation?
R : no, because the consultation is a separate medical procedure which is subject to the payment of fees.