FAQ

Your comfort is our highest priority.

It is important for us to provide you with comprehensive information regarding all surgeries and treatments. We are more than happy to take a lot of time in order to answer all the questions that you may have.

Find below a selection of our FAQs divided into several topics. FAQs regarding veins can be found under www.venenclinic.ch (only in German), FAQs concerning lipo are on www.lipoclinic.ch (only in German).

Botulinum toxin (4)
Breast Implants (9)
Macrolane™ (5)

The procedure takes around 30-90 minutes depending on the area treated and the quantity of gel injected. The result can be seen immediately.

The aesthetic improvement usually lasts up to one year. The gel breaks down slowly, as part of a normal process in the body. All bodies are different and individual variability exists.

To maintain a satisfactory aesthetic effect, retreatment is generally needed 9-12 months after the initial injection with less volume than the first injection.

The breakdown of the Macrolane gel is a slow and gradual process. It is naturally bio-degraded by the human body.

Yes, Macrolane is based on the same stabilized hyaluronic acid that has been used in more than ten million treatments for facial aesthetics with no life threatening related events reported. The safety of Macrolane has been thoroughly evaluated according to relevant standards for medical devices.

The safety of Macrolane breast enhancement has been shown in prospective clinical studies as well as post-market follow-up.

The most common side effect is a slight soreness or swelling at the injection site. The gel can also irritate by pressure on the tissue and cause a slight inflammation. It is a normal and expected reaction to anything injected. The treated area can feel sore and sensitive for a few days. Non-prescription anti-inflammatory pills are usually enough to relief the discomfort.

Capsules, felt as firmness in the area treated with Macrolane, have been described occasionally in breasts. If this is perceived as a problem, it can usually be corrected with an easy procedure by your physician.

There are nowadays numerous options if you are interested in a breast augmentation.

The standard procedure uses silicone implants that come in different shapes. Implants require an operation in a hospital under general anesthesia − scars and possible risks such as infection, capsular fibrosis or after-bleeding cannot be excluded. All these side effects are not really dangerous but do require further interventions. 

As an alternative to the traditional surgery, more and more women use minimal-invasive methods such as breast augmentation using autologous fat or hyaluronic acid. Prerequisite here is a small but well-shaped breast. The breast can only be enhanced but not formed. A breast augmentation using hyalorunic acid is a small "lunchtime procedure": thin canulas leave no scars, side effects rarely occur. The final breast size depends on the wishes of the patient, 100-300ml per side is normal. The only disadvantage: the gel is bio-degradable and needs to be refilled after a year.

A more permanent minimal-invasive option might be the breast augmentation using autologous fat. For this method, the fat first needs to be extracted (liposuction) before it can be injected into the breasts. Usually, 70% of the injected volume will stay in the breast, the rest is bio-degraded by the body. This technique doesn't work for very slim patients as there are no fat depots in order to extract autologous fat.

There are round implants as well as implants that are shaped like a drop. Unfortunately, as time goes by, it is possible that implants rotate. A round implant always looks the same but drop-shaped implants might have to be surgically "moved" or replaced. For this reason, we usually recommend round implants. 

During the first consultation, you can put implants of different sizes into your bra to check which ones you like. Generally speaking, you can pick any size, if your skin tissue allows it. For extremely big implants, your breasts need to be "stretched" first using so-called "expanders". We use our long experience to help you find the implant that is most suitable for your body.

Infection, capsular fibrosis or after-bleeding are not really dangerous but might lead to further medical interventions (which could be costly). These complications occur in 5% of all cases. Of course, there are also the "regular risks" of an operation such as thrombosis, pulmonary embolism or risks of anesthesia but these complications are very rare.

No, but contamination is. We only work with the best implants in the world that have gone through comprehensive testing and analysis. The silicone in our implants is absolutely safe for the body.

Modern implants − like the ones that we use − usually last 15-20 years or even longer.

Breastfeeding shouldn't be a problem as the mammary gland remains untouched.

Flying or diving won't impact your implants.

Generally nothing. The consequences for face and thorax are usually more severe.

The treatment is not painful as we use special, ultrathin needles and cool the skin prior to the injection. Usually, the patient feels a "pressure" or a short "burning sensation". In some cases, we apply an anesthetic salve to prevent the patient from feeling anything.

Botulinum toxin is only used for those muscle areas that cause the unwanted wrinkles. The face will look smoother and more relaxed afterwards. An "over-correction" only emerges if the patient explicitly asks for it. We refuse to treat with too much botulinum toxin as the results will turn out to be unnatural.

For very deep wrinkles, where the smoothing effects of botulinum toxin may not suffice, we additionally use fillers such as hyaluronic acid. In some cases where the skin is weak and "saggy", we also recommend tightening the skin with radio frequency (Pellevé™, Accent® Ultra). Skin Rejuvenation using Microdermabrasio, JetPeel®or Peelings leaves the skin refreshed and glowing.

Side effects and complications are possible but rare, the tiny punctures are usually only visible for a few minutes. However, there have been reports of slight swelling, bruising, headaches or dizziness. Make sure you consult a physician prior to any kind of medical treatment.