Breast lift or Mastopexy is a surgical procedure to raise or lift the breasts by removing excess skin, tissue, raising areola and nipple into a more forward position, and also tightening the surrounding tissues to support and reshape the breasts. It also addresses uneven and sagging of breasts. In some cases, the areola becomes enlarged over time, and breast lift helps to reduce it. Breast Lift surgery can rejuvenate your look, by restoring youthfulness, pleasing shape, feminine proportions, etc.
Pregnancy, breastfeeding, aging, weight fluctuations, heredity are some factors due to which skin loses its elasticity. It’s usually performed on both breasts, but in some cases, the procedure performed on a unilateral basis, i.e. on one breast to achieve symmetry with the other breast.
Types of Breast Lift
There is a variety of incision technique for the surgery, therefore the technique used will vary based on a patient’s existing breast tissue, the amount of excess skin removed. After examining the surgeon will recommend you the type of breast lift that will achieve optimal results.
Crescent Lift: Crescent lift technique will be used for those women who have a very small amount of sagging to correct. It involves only a small incision running halfway around the top half of the edge of the areola. Normally, a crescent lift is possible only when a patient is also having breast augmentation, & even in these cases the crescent incision type is less frequently used.
Peri-Areolar or “Donut” Lift: Peri-Areolar or “Donut” Lift technique will be used for those women who have mild sagging. It involves a circular incision running around the edge of the areola, like the crescent incision type, is usually performed in conjunction with breast augmentation. It can also helpful in reducing areola size. The resulting scar traces the edge of the areola.
Vertical or “Lollipop” Lift: Vertical or “Lollipop” Breast Lift used for those women, who wants to remove excess skin and reshape the entire breast with modest, easily hidden scars. It involves 2 incisions – one around the edge of the areola, and the second one running vertically from the bottom of the areola to the inframammary fold, create a youthful shape.
Inverted T or “Anchor” Lift: Inverted T or “Anchor” Lift used by those women who have considerable sagging, an anchor lift, pendulous breasts, due to which a significant amount of excess sagging tissues and skin may yield the best results. It involves 3 incisions: the first one is around the edge of the areola, the second one is vertically from the bottom of the areola to the breast crease, and the third one is along the inframammary fold, hidden in the breast crease. It is also used when you have a breast reduction with the lift.