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Breform mastopexy - the internal bra

Breform mastopexy - the internal bra

Postby PS.CE » Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:32 pm

Due to sagging of the breasts from aging and weight loss, I desired a breast lift procedure. As I researched the topic of mastopexy, I read more and more about the unfortunate limitations of this surgery:
> Lack of durability of mastopexy results with recurrent ptosis
> Difficulty to achieve lasting upper pole fullness of the breast via mastopexy

It was because of these findings that I eventually sought out Breform and had a mastopexy with Breform in 2011. Breform is not approved for sale in the U.S. My surgery was performed by one of the most experienced Breform practitioners in the world.

If you are a potential patient considering Breform, there are a few things I hope to share with you based on my experience:

1. Post-op pain
I had been informed that the Breform procedure would cause more post-operative pain compared to a traditional mastopexy. However, what was never discussed was the nature or intensity of the pain. I have a high-pain tolerance – and I had never experienced pain like this. The most apt way to describe this particular pain is like a “charley-horse of the breast.” However, unlike usually limited-duration leg cramps, these “breast cramps” went on hour after hour after hour... It was an excruciating cramping of the muscles in the upper portion of the breast. The pain was so intense that I couldn’t think straight so I could barely work or function. The pain would start and it would make me break out into a sweat and literally bring me to my knees. When it occurred at night the pain prevented sleep, or would wake me from deep sleep. This pain went on for at least two months. The post-op pain was the least of my problems with Breform…

2. Deformed looking breasts and hard palpable areas of fibrotic tissue
I was warned that it would take months for my breasts to look “normal” after Breform. Yes, immediately after surgery they looked very “Frankenstein-ish.” I patiently waited, and waited… After several months the appearance of my breasts had stabilized and it was clear that they looked deformed. Each breast looked different and both were strangely shaped due to the loose and tight mesh and my tissues attached to the mesh. It looked the very worst when I lifted my arms and could actually see where the Breform mesh had fused to my breast tissue.

In addition, around the edges of the mesh I could feel hard areas where my tissue had formed fibrotic growths around thee mesh.

My original surgeon told me to keep waiting. As per his instruction, I waited an entire year. At the end of a year, there was no improvement.

3. Revision surgery
One year after my Breform mastopexy, I was no longer in the country where the Breform was originally inserted. I went to a surgeon who is widely recognized as one of the top breast surgeons in the U.S. My surgeon planned to perform a revision surgery to improve the deformed shape of my breasts.

I had a normal length revision surgery of a few hours planned. Once the surgery started, the surgeon was surprised by how much my tissue had grown incorporated into the Breform mesh. This made the surgery very challenging. It took 12-hours for my surgeon to painstakingly extract, millimeter by millimeter, my tissue from the mesh to reshape my breasts into a more normal shape. I will need an additional procedure if I am to pursue adequate improvement. The cost of the surgery, due to the unexpected length, was staggering: 15,000 GBP; $24,000 USD; 210,167 ZAR; 18,481 EUR. This does not include the cost of my original Breform mastopexy surgery.

4. Breform corporate response to my complaint
I reported my experience with Breform to Chantell Lauryssen, Director of Breform Limited. Here is an excerpt from what I emailed:

“The manufacturer web site states that the Breform material is not palpable, that there have not been any serious complications only “minor complications have resolved spontaneously,” and that the mesh can be removed if needed. In my case, I could feel hardened tissue around the mesh prior to my revision surgery. My revision surgeon had to surgically remove multiple areas of hardened fibrotic breast tissue that had formed around the mesh. There is no mention on breform.com of any patients with the complication of misshaped breasts that required revision surgery. The mesh was absolutely not “removable” in my case as my revision surgeon said that it would inadvisable to ever attempt to have the Breform removed since it would cause a significant trauma as my tissue has grown through the mesh…”

I received this response from the Director of Breform Limited:

“The conclusion after the investigation was that there was no error in terms of the product.” Attached to the email I received was a document containing a case report of one patient who had Breform removed. In this single-patient case report the removal was completed without incident.

The Director of Breform Limited went on to conclude that the actual problem that I had was that I did not return to my original Breform surgeon for a revision surgery.

Here is an excerpt from my response:

“My problem with Breform product “error” was completely prior to and independent of whether I later had revision surgery with one surgeon or another. To suggest otherwise is illogical, unscientific, and shows a total disregard of my experience of suffering aesthetic, medical, and financial.

Why was I forced to undergo revision surgery if not for product error?

…perhaps your company would like to start over with addressing my experience with Breform from a logical and scientific and good-business perspective. Please let me know either way.”


I never received a reply back from Breform Limited.

I wish I had never had Breform inserted. I fear for the additional treatment I must undergo. Even more, I fear for any future problems I may encounter due to this permanent mesh implant.

View one-year post op Breform photo album:
http://www.makemeheal.com/pictures/brea ... orm-a14435
Album name: Breform (in the breast, mastopexy photo section)
Password: breform
(password in lower-case)
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Re: Breform mastopexy - the internal bra

Postby PS.CE » Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:48 am

It is frightening to read all the stories of people who are now reporting health problems due to mesh implants in various parts of the body.
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Re: Breform mastopexy - the internal bra

Postby windydawn53 » Sat Dec 15, 2012 10:58 am

When they first came out with mesh slings for bladder suspension and uterine prolapse, my sister was very excited, as we both have that problem. And traditonal bladder, uterine slings aren't known to last long. But, something about it made me uneasy. I work with mesh in crafts and although I know it's not quite the same thing, I just couldn't imagine something like that being healthy inside the body. Not too mention it can cut you like heck. I know that from working with it. And then later they came out with all kinds of problems. Inflammations, pain, chronic infections. migrating, tissue growing into it and around it. Men,even being lacerated by it when they were intimate with their partners. I asked my PS about it when I was consulting for a breast lift, just to see his opinion on it. Knowing I would never want it. He gave a visible shudder and said he wouldn't touch it with a pole. So, sorry that you had to be one of those to find the negatives of it, first hand.
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Re: Breform mastopexy - the internal bra

Postby PS.CE » Sun Jan 06, 2013 3:18 pm

Thanks for your comment windydawn. You are wise not to have pursued an unnecessary and risky implant.
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Re: Breform mastopexy - the internal bra

Postby PS.CE » Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:11 pm

Almost two years after my horrible experience with the Breform mastopexy, I am about to start on the second stage of my revision and repair surgery. This means more time, more pain, and additional financial loss...

I do not believe that any potential patient who reads this review and who visits my photo album would make the decision to proceed with a Breform procedure.

However, there may be women out there who already had Breform and later develop problems such as hard-fibrotic areas of tissue around the mesh.

The danger is that these hard lumps could make it more difficult to detect cancer. A woman might be forced to have an unnecessary biopsy to determine whether a lump is hardened mesh or cancer. Even worse, due to hardened tissue around the Breform mesh bra, a woman might possibly not notice a cancerous lump and therefore fail to detect a tumor in the earlier more curable stage.

I am posting today to leave a written record for any Breform patient, her family, her attorney, or any type of Medical Standards Board. Should anyone ever be conducting an investigation into Breform, I hope they will find this post and that this information will help other patients.

As of today's date, the Breform.com web site continues to post innacurate and misleading information for potential patients in the FAQ section of their web site.

On October 16, 2012, and again on November 3, 2012, I emailed Chantell and Gary Lauryssen, Directors of Breform, as well as Dr. Peet Van Deventer. In addition to providing my photos and a complete account of my poor outcome with Breform, I called their attention to the invalid product claims on their web site. These claims include the statement that there have "been no complications with Breform," that you "cannot feel Breform under the skin," and that "Breform does not impair breast examinations."

I hope that no woman has to deal with Breform mesh bra uplift complications. However, if so, I hope this information is useful.
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Re: Breform mastopexy - the internal bra

Postby PS.CE » Sun Mar 10, 2013 7:24 pm

If anyone has a question could you please post publicly. I find it difficult to keep up with the Private Messages. Thanks.
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Re: Breform mastopexy - the internal bra

Postby mommiesn » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:11 am

I hope you can file a lawsuit...
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Re: Breform mastopexy - the internal bra

Postby freespiritha » Thu Apr 11, 2013 5:35 am

Wow..... Thank you for the information. I will definitely let anyone I talk to and is considering this procedure to see this post.
2007 tt in Canada
2009 lapband in Canada
2011 lipo and bbl in TJ with Dr Carmina Cardenas
2012 revision tt, tl, al more bbl with Dr Cardenas
2012 breast reduction Canada
2013 Removed lapband
2014 Vertical sleeve with Dr Filipe Garcia...bad experience
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Re: Breform mastopexy - the internal bra

Postby biba1 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 3:10 am

Hello Ladies

I am new here, so hello!
I am actually going to take the time to say something about this because i feel it may be useful...

2 years ago I had Breform uplift surgery, I was a 32d (ish) but my breasts were quite saggy, in my eyes at least....i had gone travelling for a year and wearing bikinis all day had not helped...

I looked into uplift surgery and found that once it has been done the breasts can sag again as gravity still has an effect, i looked into Breform
It was SUPER expensive in the UK where im from....like at least £3000 more than normal uplift surgery

so i did some reasearch into going abroad....albeit my research wasnt that thorough as i couldnt really find too much information only a list of surgeons on the Breform website

anyway i contacted a few and decided on one in Belgium as the journey from the UK was pretty easy

i spoke with the surgeon via email and all the arrangements were made...now in retrospect this could have gone terribly wrong, i mean he did speak English but it was not his first language and i had no evidence of previous work or anything

however...the experience itself was pretty good, i mean no surgery is nice, and to keep costs down i had to leave the hospital as soon as i was able to move and go to a hotel with a drain coming out of each armpit collecting blood into a bottle on each side

i had to put these bottles into my pockets when i checked into the hotel....grim!!

anyway everything went smoothly, i went to see the surgoen the follwing day and he removed the drains...

My 'boobs' look so incredibly AMAZING i cannot tell you....EVERY time i look at them i am happy...the are like the perfect breasts..

i am now a size 32c the areola were reduced in size and made rounder....i had anchor scars going down from the areola, once they were healed i started to use silicone one them, i did this everyday for a few months and the scars are completely invisible

there was NO pain...i dont have to wear a bra if i dont want to....summertime this makes a HUGE difference...my stretchmarks are gone as the breast was lifted

when i bend right forward there is some slight wrinkling but this doesnt bother me, im sure people have that with implants...it does feel weird in my mind to know i have this mesh inside and it does feel like the muscle has completely 'knitted' into the mesh so having it removed would be horrific..but i never want it removed

so basically my point is....breform is not the 'problem' its obviously the surgeon and if he knows how to use it!

thanks :o)
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Re: Breform mastopexy - the internal bra

Postby freespiritha » Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:33 am

Thank you Biba for your input, much appreciated. Maybe you can tell us dr name and price
2007 tt in Canada
2009 lapband in Canada
2011 lipo and bbl in TJ with Dr Carmina Cardenas
2012 revision tt, tl, al more bbl with Dr Cardenas
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2013 Removed lapband
2014 Vertical sleeve with Dr Filipe Garcia...bad experience
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Re: Breform mastopexy - the internal bra

Postby sarah.l » Wed Jul 17, 2013 4:48 pm

Biba and PS, thank you very much for sharing your experiences with us.
PS, that sounds really awful - what a horrible series of events.
Biba, glad to hear your experience went better for you.
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Re: Breform mastopexy - the internal bra

Postby PS.CE » Thu Mar 13, 2014 4:47 pm

biba1: Thank you for sharing your experience. I have not seen your photos. Did you post them?

My surgeon was Dr. Peet van Deventer. It is my understanding that Dr. van Deventer had completed the largest series of Breform procedures, or among the largest, as well as published on this topic.

If anyone is considering Breform, I would suggest that you look at a sizable number of before and after photos posted by real patients on MMH and other similar consumer sites (not photos pre-selected by a physician/device company). If you cannot actually find a good number of photos posted by actual patients with positive results, well...
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