'I just wanted to thank you for taking such good care of me and for making such a huge difference to my life.'
This is what one of our Breform patients (a nurse) said to us about her Breform operation.
BREFORM is a special bra cup shaped internal surgical support, which is inserted under the skin of the breast after a breast uplift or reduction. The soft shaped support is made of polyester mesh, and is similar to surgical supports used for the repair of hernias. Polyester has been used for decades as a surgical material, and is bio-compatible. Polyester is not bio-degradeable and hence remains in the breast for life, providing a permanent support.
Many ladies will unfortunately develop further sagging of the breast some years after a normal breast uplift or reduction, due to the effect of gravity. The Breform mesh support prevents this subsequent sagging in the vast majority of cases. Although this is suitable for many women in addition to a breast uplift or reduction, it is not suitable for everyone. One would not normally consider this in ladies, who have not completed their family, or who have had breast previous implant surgery. However, age is not an exclusion, as we have looked after a 75 year old lady, who had an uplift with Breform.
This Breform internal bra was developed jointly by Dr Hans de Bruijn (Netherlands) and Dr Siegmund Johannes (South Africa). James Bristol, Charlie Chan and Fiona Court were all trained personally by Dr de Bruijn in Deventer, Netherlands.
We presented the first reported UK series of Breform patients in one of the Prize sessions at the Association of Breast Surgery Conference in Bournemouth in June 2015. If you would like to listen to this short talk, the talk is available on the Association of Breast Surgeons website, (click on Session 19 starting at slide 22).
For further information, please visit the Breform website.
Sample photographs of our Breform patients are shown below.
15 months Post-operative - 33 yr old Breform and breast reduction
Pre-operative photo - 75 yr old Breform and uplift (mastopexy)
Post-operative - 75 yr old Breform and uplift (mastopexy)
15 months post-operative - 35 yr old Breform and breast reduction
Please note: These patients have given written consent for the publication of these photos