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Breast lift

Breast lift to make your breasts feel younger and firmer.

✓ 96% patient satisfaction
✓ less than 1% complications
✓ more than 7.000 breast surgeries performed

✓ from €3.800,-

A breast lift is a common procedure in cosmetic surgery. During the surgery, the breast is made to look younger and feel firmer. The surgery is called mastopexy and is performed on women whose breasts have started to hang. This is often the result of pregnancy, breastfeeding, old age and/or simply gravity! Pregnancy and an expansion of the breasts during breastfeeding causes the fibrous bonds that support the breasts to break off and stretch the skin.

Should you wish for more children, we advise you to postpone the surgery, as there could be risks for a future pregnancy.

Why choose for Essential Aesthetics?

Safety & quality mark
Your safety is crucial to us. Essential Aesthetics is therefore proud to have ISO-9001 and NEN-8009 quality marks. This means that we meet international requirements for quality, safety and care. In addition, this certification emphasises the importance of the wishes of our patients and of our commitment to continuous improvement.

Excellence is our norm
The combination of international surgeons and the sharing of knowledge and experience enables us to deliver a high level of aesthetic surgery. The team of Essential Aesthetics always strives for the highest achievable and shows this through great involvement and striving for excellent results. Our surgeons have a heart for people and for everyone’s personal and natural beauty.

Your trust is the heart of our clinic
The standard of Essential Aesthetics is that the most precious asset that you place in our hands is treated with respect and dedication. Our team understands that surgery is a big step that has not only a physical, but also an emotional impact. We therefore do our utmost to support you in this as well as possible.

Unlimited pre- and post care
Essential Aesthetics is known for excellent before and after care. During the consultations we take the time to listen carefully to your questions and wishes. Our personal attention and warm approach makes you feel at home. Even after the procedure, our medical team will offer you the necessary care.

What happens during a breast lift

This treatment is also carried out under general anesthesia. The procedure is most commonly performed by a keyhole incision. In this procedure, the incision is made in the skin around the areola with two diagonal downward incisions (i.e. in the form of a keyhole). The glandular tissue, fat and skin are all removed and the nipples repositioned. A mastopexy can also reduce the size of the areola (the brown skin around the nipple). The skin is then pulled down from both sides of the breast and around the areola, forming the new curve of the breast.

The breast tissue and skin are sutured together, usually with soluble sutures. The scars have the shape of an anchor with a circle around the areola, vertically up to the fold below the breast and extending horizontally along the fold below the breast. Should you wish your breasts to be fuller or to hang less, they can be filled during the surgery by inserting silicon breast implants.

Excellence through international cooperation

When you choose our clinic for your breast lift, you choose innovation and tried and tested advice. We work together with experienced Dutch surgeons, but also make use of international innovations and techniques. You will be supervised by certified and experienced experts and surgeons who have been trained abroad and are happy to offer their knowledge and skills in the Netherlands. As a result, Essential Aesthetics can help you get those nicer breasts, with the same techniques offered abroad, with expertise, knowledge and Dutch safety, but without the risks and long journeys.


What is GalaFLEX ®?

GalaFLEX® is a temporary, absorbable scaffold used to strengthen, stabilize and support weakened soft tissue. It was designed to provide support immediately after breast surgery, which allows your body to heal and create a healthy new tissue plane of primarily mature collagen.

GalaFLEX® scaffolds are made from a biologically derived polymer known as poly-4-hydroxybutyrate (P4HB™), which breaks downover time into CO2 and H2O, a process similar to absorbable stitches. This means that your body knows how to metabolize and completely absorb the scaffold safely and naturally.

GalaFLEX® scaffolds are offered in a variety of shapes for use in breast surgery procedures. Each GalaFLEX® scaffold is selected by your surgeon specific to your body’s shape and needs.

How does GalaFlex work?
During surgery, your surgeon will place the GalaFLEX® scaffold internal bra under your tissue.
The unique knit pattern of the scaffold encourages rapid cellular infiltration and the formation of new collagen which is a key component of healthy skin tissue. This newly formed tissue is pliable yet provides strength, support and stability to the elevated tissue.
After 18-24 months, the scaffold is essentially completely absorbed and eliminated from the body as water and carbon dioxide through natural physiologic pathways. No polymer metabolites remain after the degradation process is complete. The collagen tissue that remains is 3-4 times the original tissue strength.

The GalaFLEX® Family of Scaffolds are used in patients who need additional support because of weakened or deficient soft tissue, in breast surgery procedures. The GalaFLEX® Family of Scaffolds are used in breast procedures such as reduction mammoplasty, augmentation and revision surgeries.
Patients seeking to strengthen and stabilize weakened tissue during breast surgery may be a candidate for GalaFLEX® scaffold.

GalaFLEX® Scaffold Integration

1 Month – Healthy cells grow into the scaffold.
7 Months – Mature collagen is prevalent and provides reinforcement to the elevated tissue.
1 Year – A new healthy tissue plane 3-4 times stronger than the original tissue remains as the scaffold absorbs.
1,5-2Years – The scaffold absorption process is essentially complete.

Actual results may vary

The Issue With Tissue
As we age so does our skin. After the age of 20, our skin loses about 1% of its collagen each year. This gradual loss of collagen is what causes skin to become thinner and less elastic, resulting in natural sagging and wrinkles.

There are many factors that can accelerate this effect, including:

Gravity Smoking
Weight loss Sun & UV exposure
Menopause (Causing an annual decrease of over 1% of skin thickness and 2% of collagen)
Previous surgery (Scars only heal to 80% of their initial strength)

In most breast surgery procedures, compromised and/or weakened soft tissue is tightened. Unfortunately, the tissue itself will not be stronger and gravity may once again cause tissue to droop or sag. This is why many surgeons choose to use a soft tissue support scaffold like GalaFLEX®. Not only does it provide internal breast support to newly lifted and tightened tissue immediately after surgery, but it also allows soft tissue to heal stronger.

Why Soft Tissue Support Matters
Clinical studies show that within 10 years following surgery, between 32% – 48% of patients undergo a second surgery to revise their initial surgical results. The most frequent reason for revisionary surgery among aesthetic implant patients was the development of ptosis (42%) or sagging of the tissue.

How Do I Know If GalaFLEX® Is Right For Me?
Patients seeking to strengthen and stabilize weakened tissue during breast surgery may be a candidate for GalaFLEX® scaffold. Please consult your surgeon to discuss if GalaFLEX® scaffold may be right for you.

Here are some questions you may want to discuss with your surgeon:

  • How would you describe the quality of my breast tissue?
  • Do I have risk factors for weakened breast tissue?
  • Will my tissue alone provide enough strength and support?
  • Does my tissue need additional soft tissue support?
  • Do I need a GalaFLEX® Internal Bra™?


GalaFLEX® scaffold is designed to lift, reinforce and repair soft tissue where weakness exists in breast surgery. GalaFLEX® scaffold internal bra provides soft tissue support for cosmetic breast procedures.

Clinically proven

  • Comprehensive portfolio of biocompatibility testing reviewed by FDA and Notified Body during regulatory approval process for P4HB products.
  • Produced by a safe biological fermentation process, standard in pharmaceutical production. Not of animal origin, Not synthetic.
  • P4HB devices implanted in more than 3 million patients worldwide.
  • P4HB extensively researched with more than 60 clinical and scientific publications.
  • GalaFLEX® does not interfere with diagnostic mammograms or ultrasound techniques.

Intended Use

  • The GalaFLEX® Family of Scaffolds is intended for use, as an adjunct to sutures, for the reinforcement and repair of soft tissue where weakness exists and where the addition of a reinforcing material is needed to obtain the desired surgical result in patients undergoing breast surgery.
  • The GalaFLEX® Family of Scaffolds is designed to be used in patients undergoing soft tissue repair and reinforcement in medically necessary breast surgery procedures where the existing soft tissue is deficient to support the surgical repair.
    Examples of such breast surgery applications include reduction mammoplasty and breast revision surgery to correct a medical condition.
  • The GalaFLEX® Family of Scaffolds may also be used in cosmetic breast procedures.

The result

We advise you to remain realistic and not expect perfection. Your surgeon should take a number of factors into account when assessing your mastopexy or breast reduction, such as:

  • Your existing breasts;
  • The position of your nipples;
  • Your age;
  • Skin texture;
  • Your own anatomy;
  • Healing properties and your general health.

These will influence the outcome of your breast surgery.
Breast lift is a reliable and safe procedure. The result is immediately visible after the procedure. But keep in mind that your breasts will be wrapped in compressive bandages after the surgery, so you won’t be able to see your new breasts immediately. Your breasts will also be swollen at first. The end result is visible around 6 months later. The scars will have discolored after a year and will barely be noticeable anymore.

Recovery after breast lift

Depending on the extent of the surgery, you may need a drain through the skin, but this can usually be removed within 24 hours. There will be a number of support bands or tape on the breasts, which can be replaced by a sports or surgical bra.

We expect you – depending on your job – to be able to resume your normal activities within two to four weeks. Please bear in mind that some occupations, for example physically demanding tasks, require a longer recovery period. If you are unable to stop working during the required period of recovery, you should postpone your surgery to a more suitable time. This also applies to patients with strenuous hobbies (e.g. horse riding, gymnastics). Should there be complications, the period to refrain from such activities will be extended until you have fully recovered.

Normal things that can happen after a surgery:

  • Bruises, especially around the scars
  • Temporary numbness
  • Swelling, which will gradually decrease
  • Mild pain, for which pain relief is prescribed

Safety through precautionary measures

The breasts will be firmly bandaged after the surgery. The bandage can be removed after 48 hours. You will wear a special postoperative bra immediately after the surgery. This bra resembles a sports bra and gives your breasts the support they need. Wear this bra for as long as necessary.

Pain is moderate and can be easily controlled with pain medication. Sometimes drains are also inserted to drain wound fluid. For the first six weeks after the surgery it is not recommended to lift your arms higher than your shoulders. Lifting and exercising are also not recommended. After those six weeks you can slowly start moving normally. However, make sure that your breasts are well supported.

Risks and complications

Like all surgeries, breast lifts involve risks and there is a risk of complications. The risks and complications include:

  • Unsightly scarring
  • Bleeding (haematoma)
  • Infection
  • Poor wound healing
  • Changes in (the sensation of) the nipple, temporarily or permanently

The personal consultation

The first step to more beautiful breasts is a consultation with our plastic surgeon. This involves no obligation. You don’t have to decide right away, but you can. The surgeon will listen to your wishes and expectations and then look at the possibilities with you. Each body is different which is why it is important in order for the surgeon to give you the best advice, to see your upper body. Keep this in mind and wear comfortable clothing to your consultation. If you have photos or pictures of the breasts you want, take them with you and show them to the surgeon. Based on your wishes and the photos, the surgeon can also assess whether your expectations are realistic. The surgeon will guide you in choosing the best procedure for you.

The surgeon will ask you about your health, but also about your medical history. Share as much as you can, the details can be important for your own safety and for achieving the best results. The surgeon will tell you honestly whether he or she thinks it is wise to perform the desired procedure and will go through it with you. After this conversation and possible examinations, the surgeon may decide that it is not in your best interest to have the surgery. The surgeon will then look at other possibilities with you. Take this opportunity to ask about other treatments or wishes you have. Our surgeons can give you important information about all our treatments.

Feel free to do some follow-up and research of your own on the internet.

Once you have decided which treatments you want, a care team member will give you a price quotation based on the doctor’s advice. It is often possible to make an appointment for the procedure immediately after the consultation. If you decide to take the next step on your journey to a more beautiful you, you will receive all important information in a patient information document.

Should you still have questions after the consultation, the care team will be happy to help you. You can ask your questions via e-mail, telephone or WhatsApp.

We are delighted to guide you on your journey to lifted, prettier or balanced breasts.


  • Breast lift/ Mastopexie from € 4.900
  • Postoperative scar treatment 125 euro per zone

Use the free (and obligation-free) consultation, to ask any questions you may have. The doctor will examine, together with you, the possibilities that best suit your body. Should you want another appointment after this one or need more information, we would be delighted to oblige. This is your body we are talking about, you deserve the best so make that appointment. Essential Aesthetics is proud to have already helped so many patients on their journey to a more beautiful body and is honored with a satisfaction score of no less than 96%. [Read the reviews here]

Now it is your turn! Book a free personal consultation with one of our care team specialists via 070 220 2222. Because you are essential to us.

The second consultation with your chosen surgeon costs € 50 and is then deducted from the cost of the surgery. Even if you do not go forward and book a treatment with us after the second consultation, you will still have received, for € 50, an extensive and medically sound consultation which will provide you with a lot of information, and a valuable basis for any subsequent steps.

You can also opt for a breast lift with implants, for more volume

About us

Pleasantly surprised by the care I received at Essential Aesthetics. Top doctors and staff are very kind and caring!  definitely recommend this clinic!


Essential Aesthetics is a special clinic with ISO-9001 and NEN-8009 certification, in a beautiful monumental building in The Hague. We are specialised in plastic surgery, injectables, weight loss and anti-ageing treatments. From our vision, Essential Aesthetics offers you as much guidance as possible in all disciplines necessary for a healthy lifestyle.
Our clinic was born from the passion of one woman. The passion for beauty and a deep sense of gratitude for all that our body gives us has led to the life work of the owner and founder: a clinic that encourages women to become more self-confident and empowered and to enjoy more of the gift of a beautiful and healthy body. And that’s what Essential Aesthetics does with a passionate team of Dutch, international doctors and experienced experts. Essential Aesthetics is a brand made by women, for women. It’s a lot to trust your body to someone else. We understand that and therefore offer you only the best and safety from our clinic.
You can come to our clinic for fillers, muscle relaxants treatments but also for plastic surgery: breast augmentation, buttock augmentation, facelifts, liposuction and more. What makes our clinic unique is that we will also be offering you professional DNA research, nutritional advice, connective tissue massage and sports guidance.

Meet our specialists

Our ISO-9001 and NEN-8009 certified clinic only works with experienced qualified specialists with passion for the profession, who care and have an eye for your needs and wishes as our patient, with respect for your natural beauty. Our business is built around fulfilling your wishes! We bring in the commitment to details, to the highest quality and safety requirements, to ensure the best result. Thanks to our international doctors active in the field and up to date with the latest trends and techniques, we can help you to get the best result possible. Our specialists are looking forward to working with you to see how we can make your dream come true. The Essential Aesthetics care team is there for you before, during and after the journey. From the intake to the aftercare. With us you are in capable, safe hands because you are essential to us.

Dr. Gabriel Jansen

Senior Dutch plastic surgeon

Cosmetic surgery requires a personal,
tailor-made approach, something that
Dr. Gabriel Jansen is always aware of.

Dr. Aniel Sewnaik

Medical director & Face surgeon

Dr. Sewnaik is a BIG-registered physician with years of experience in reconstructive surgery to the head and neck.

Dr. Luca Piombino

Italian plastic surgeon

Dr. Luca Piombino is an Italian trained and registered expert in plastic surgery.

Dr. Professor Philippe Levan

Renowned French plastic surgeon

Dr. Professor Levan is a leading French plastic surgeon with more than 27 years of experience in plastic surgery and a pioneer in the field of remodelling. He is an internationally recognized innovator in the field of buttock implants and the inventor of biconvex implants.

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